What is Aboriginal Throughcare?
In the final 3 months of their sentence, Aboriginal prisoners can work with the Outcare team through the Aboriginal Throughcare program. The program supports prisoners as they transition out of custody. It begins 3 months before release and continues for 12 months post release.
Clients are provided with essential support and can be referred to a range of services during the transition period where patterns of behaviour are identified and addressed. Case managers act as advocates to support and provide coaching to remove barriers to successful engagement with services in the community. In addition, the program focuses on building stronger relationships with family, culture and community.
Our approach to case management is based on trust, respect and acceptance. We prioritise confidentiality and operate in an environment that is non-judgemental and culturally appropriate.
This program can include help with:
- Employment and training
- Family engagement
- Cultural connectedness
- Informal counselling
- Capacity building
Who can participate in Aboriginal Throughcare?
The program is open to all Aboriginal prisoners in Bandyup Women’s Prison, Banksia Hill Detention Centre, Boronia Pre-release Prison for Women, Casuarina Prison, Hakea Prison, Karnet Prison Farm and Wooroloo Prison Farm.
Whilst not being eligible for the Aboriginal Throughcare program, prisoners at Acacia Prison can access Outcare’s Family and Domestic Violence program. This program is facilitated in the prison and is followed up in the community for up to 2 years post release.
How can I get involved?
You can be referred to us by the resettlement team, transitional managers or case planning at the prison or detention centre, or you can refer yourself. To refer yourself, contact our staff when we are visiting your prison and tell us that you would like to be involved with the Aboriginal Throughcare program, for those at Acacia Prison, ask about our Family and Domestic Violence program.
Or contact Outcare reception on (08) 6263 8622 for more information about this program.