Our Commitment to Aboriginal Health
Odyssey House Victoria has made a solid commitment to bridging the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, guided by our Reconciliation Action Plan or RAP. Our RAP has identified many initiatives to enhance Odyssey’s cultural sensitivity and helps us to provide better services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
Odyssey is part of the Aboriginal Metro Ice Pilot program, which partners Indigenous services with specialist drug and alcohol (AOD) treatment services. This is part of Kulin Balit: the Victorian Government’s strategic directions for Aboriginal health. The pilot is a response to the need expressed by local Aboriginal communities for more culturally appropriate treatment of Methamphetamine (Ice) issues. It involves an experienced AOD counsellor working closely with an Aboriginal Care & Recovery worker in four Melbourne regions, overseen by a Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) Coordinator.
Anne Tidyman, a senior Odyssey clinician, helped to establish the Ice pilot for Odyssey. She has worked with vulnerable families for many years as part of Kids in Focus (KIF).“We have already noticed that the clients are benefiting from better advocacy, more streamlined referralsand better service access,” Anne says. Anne has been working out of our Footscray and Werribee hubs, VAHS and The Gathering Place to build stronger links between Odyssey and local Aboriginal services and communities. The Ice counselling role is assisted by Ron Briggs, Odyssey’s Senior Aboriginal Cultural Consultant. Anne has now handed over the reins to another Odyssey clinician and has returned to the KIF team as Manager.
Artwork inspired by Chris Thorne. There are five pillars that are upheld by the residents and staff at Odyssey House Victoria.
This artwork represents counting these pillars on one hand. They are Respect, Concern, Honesty, Trust and Love.
We acknowledge the traditional land owners of Australia and we welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our service.