Improved health model of care at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Shane Rattenbury, MLC

Detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre will benefit from improved health services with the implementation of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Model of Care.

Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury said an additional health care investment of $8 million over two -and-a-half years in part of the Government’s commitment to implement its response to the Moss Review.

“This new model of care will provide for better continuation of health care for detainees from when they enter custody and on their return to the community,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“This provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees with greater choice about their health care, as they will have the option to access health services from either Winnunga Nimmityjah or from ACT Health.

“Winnunga Nimmityjah’s holistic approach to health care at the AMC would have many benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees. It will also provide for improved cultural awareness and understanding for both detainees and staff at the AMC.”

Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Service has already been working with female detainees and will move to full delivery of standalone health, social and emotional wellbeing services at the AMC in 2018.

As part of this investment, accommodation for 25 staff will be built at the Hume Health Centre which will provide additional office space and help support improved delivery of health service to the detainees at the AMC. The level of health and corrections staffing will increase to help meet the health demands of the growing detainee population.

“This investment supports the Government’s commitment to improve the wellbeing and rehabilitation of detainees at the AMC,” Mr Rattenbury said.