Regional services reform recognises there needs to be a stronger focus on family-centred services that understand Aboriginal cultural and kinship obligations and that respond to a family’s specific circumstances. The design of these services must take account of the complex, long-term needs resulting from intergenerational trauma, physical and mental health issues, substance misuse, and family violence.
Greater collaboration is required between providers to share information, resources and solutions for their common families which often have inter-related issues that no one provider can address in isolation.
Currently, a significant amount of government funding is applied to address the acute symptoms of long-term trauma and disadvantage, such as mental illness, violence, child neglect, substance abuse and self-harm. This approach requires a considerable investment in reactive law enforcement, child protection and mental health services.
The State Government will work to apply a greater proportion of resources to family-centred services that focus on prevention, earlier intervention, capacity-building and family empowerment.
The State Government will refocus government-funded services for Aboriginal families in the regions to be more family-centred.
The State Government will work with Aboriginal leaders and organisations in Kununurra to co-design a family-centred, earlier intervention service delivery model to support and enable better outcomes for local families. The Government will consult in key locations with communities about the willingness to participate in other family-centred approaches.