Delivering the Koorie Drug & Alcohol Program

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Ron Briggs, Senior Aboriginal Cultural Consultant & Koorie Program Co-facilitator


“The Koori program is an opportunity for the men to share their own stories around culture.”

– Jayson Rom, Koorie Program Co-facilitator and Caraniche Psychologist


Program Aims and Objectives:

  • Improve participants’ social and emotional wellbeing
  • Improve motivation for change and further treatment
  • Help participants develop insight and skills to help them manage their substance use and behaviour
  • Actively engage participants in parallel and post program supports relevant to their treatment needs
  • Provide a positive, culturally meaningful treatment experience


Program Components:

  • Men deliver the Acknowledgement of Country in every session
  • Smoking Ceremony and cultural yarning session
  • Storytelling and narrative therapy
  • Focus on family and community central to all discussions – roles, responsibilities and reciprocity
  • Art based activities
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Healing Circle
  • Strengths based, optimistic and solution focused approaches


What the participants say about the program:

“There are a lot of problems that in normal courses we still walk away with because we don’t get to deal with them. By having this course you can actually start to deal with that, and I think it’s a bit easier in this environment to deal with the things we normally don’t get to deal with, especially if it’s loss and grief and pain and all that, we just normally hold it in and we wouldn’t be so forthcoming in other groups.”

Koorie Program Participant


“It’s good having the humour there too. If we’re talking about something that’s pretty deep, or that we haven’t dealt with before, and someone might sense that it’s getting to that stage and they might throw a bit of humour into it to lighten it up a bit, without being disrespectful or anything like that. So I don’t think we have that same sort of thing in another course.”

Koorie Program Participant


“You gel with the group already because we all sort of come from similar backgrounds. So it was easy to talk about things from the second, third or fourth day, you know.”

Koorie Program Participant