Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Graham Henderson

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Graham Henderson

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Dr Graham Henderson, Visiting Research Fellow Social Health, is a member of the AIATSIS health research team, which is also part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH). He and Ms Arabena were in-volved with several projects over the past twelve months, major among which were the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (WNAHS) led by Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Prisoner Health Project, and the Muuji Regional Centre for Social and Emotional Wellbeing Research Project. The former project involved a WNAHS researcher, Dr Nerelle Poroch, interviewing ex-prisoners, families of prisoners and ex-prisoners, health service staff, and staff of organisations and agencies associated with the justice system in the Australian Capital Territory and other jurisdictions in Australia. A report on the study was published and presented to the ACT government in August 2007. The main outcome of the study has been the development of a model of holistic health care provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates of the new Alexander Maconochie Correctional Centre in the ACT, due to open in 2008. The purpose of second project is to explore the nature of services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the area of southeastern Australia covered by the consortium of three Aboriginal Medical Services that make up the Muuji Regional Centre for Social and Emotional Wellbeing. These include services in the ACT, Wagga Wagga and Narooma. Its first phase involved more than fifty interviews with senior staff from a wide range of service delivery organisations in the domains of education and training, health, employment, justice, local government, social health and housing located in the Muuji region. …

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