School of Population Health

Returning home, back to community from custodial care

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The Returning Home project is funded by the Department of Health and aims to develop effective models of care that will enhance the health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women who are returning home from incarceration. The project emerged from a study called SPRINT which provides a culturally specific understanding of how primary health care services can improve health care and social support for aboriginal people in contact with the criminal justice system and transitioning back into the community. The subsequent first year pilot program, Returning Home, gives the opportunity for three sites around Australia (Geraldton WA, Townsville QLD and Blacktown NSW) to create and implement a culturally and locally appropriate model from community-based service providers through a holistic and integrated case management approach. The three sites present very diverse settings enabling to tease out the adaptability of the learnings to a wider cohort of post-custodian care clients.

Muru Marri has been commissioned by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute at Australian National University to take responsibility for the evaluation of the project. The evaluation aims to harvest the key learnings from work undertaken at the three sites to create informed, feasible and effective models of care.

As a completely formative process, Muru Marri’s role is grounded in four concurrent tasks: building relationships; reviewing the literature and the wealth of programs in the field to inform the process at the sites; conducting fieldwork and performing a metasynthesis of all the data collected. The community groups and staff from Medicare Locals, Aboriginal Medical Services, Corrective Services and other service providers working on reintegrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison back to the community, will be invited to take part of this project through a participatory action research inquiry approach.

Project Members
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Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver
Conjoint Professor
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Visiting Senior Lecturer
Ph 9385 2496
Conjoint Senior Lecturer
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Miss Marcia Grand Ortega
Casual Academic
Project Supporters

Australian National University
Department of Health

Project Collaborators: External

Goldfields-Midwest Medicare Local

Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local

Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney