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.
Together, the State Government, Aboriginal leaders and local organisations have worked together to design an intensive, family-centred service delivery model to support Aboriginal families with complex needs living in Kununurra.
The Kununurra Intensive Family Support Model is collaboration between the Department of Communities, Aboriginal organisations and local service providers in the East Kimberley.
The model has been part of the Building Safe and Strong Families: Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy to collaborate with Aboriginal community controlled organisations on designing and providing targeted support for vulnerable Aboriginal families.
The project is supporting local families to develop their confidence to grow healthy, strong and proud children, and is based on a way of working that recognises the impact of grief, loss and trauma on family functioning. Using this model, the program provides timely referrals to service providers, in-home coaching and homemaker support to increase family resilience, capability and connection into the community, including schools.
The program is being run by a Kununurra-based project manager who is working with local Aboriginal families. It is continuing to be informed by an advisory group comprising government and community representatives, and a working group of local service providers.