Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre (AMHC) Strong Spirit, Strong Families, Strong Culture was incorporated under the Associations Act 1987 on July 7, 2015.
Based in Newman in the Pilbara region of WA (1,186 kms north of Perth), the AMHC is overseen by a Committee of Management and an appointed Chief Executive Officer whose role is to conduct the general business of the Association. According to the Constitution, 75% of the membership must be males who belong to the Nyiyaparli or Martu Aboriginal language group or family kinship group.
Although only recently incorporated, the AMHC has been working consistently over the past five years to develop a model for healing that would be appropriate for Aboriginal men who are perpetrators of family and domestic violence with the vision to:
Provide further support and referral for women and their children who are subjected to family and domestic violence through the provision of a residential healing centre (Centre) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male’s so that they shall immediately be made responsible and accountable for their actions, and work toward the reduction and elimination of family and domestic violence.
The model encompasses 2 key components including a residential facility and an outreach program focussing on early intervention and prevention. The proposed 28 bed residential facility will offer accommodation, training and most importantly – a range of healing programs – for the men over a 12 month period.
Underpinning the operation and purpose of the AMHC is Aboriginal Culture and Lore as the key healing1 element and core focus of all programs developed and delivered by respected Elders – in collaboration with a clinical team. The Centre will offer an holistic approach to healing, over an extended period of time so that at the end of the healing period the men will have life skills, a sense of responsibility, meaningful employment, good physical health and be emotionally and spiritually strong.
Through the healing process, it is the intention of the AMHC to protect the safety and security of women and children and avoid the incidence of long term homelessness that is often a consequence for the victims of family and domestic violence.
The following proposal provides a snapshot of the AMCH model and options for establishment in Newman and encompasses:
- Demonstrated need for the AMHC
- AMHC goals
- AMHC service delivery model
- Organisational structure and operations
- Proposed location, design and security
- Capacity of the AMHC to establish and manage the AMHC
- Program evaluation
- Indicative budget, funding, models and sources
- Construction and establishment plan
1 Healing refers to recovery from the psychological and physical impacts of trauma. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people this trauma is predominantly the result of colonisation and past government policies. Healing is not an outcome or a cure but a process; a process that is unique to each individual. It enables individuals, families and communities to gain control over the direction of their lives and reach their full potential. Healing continues throughout a person’s lifetime and across generations. It can take many forms and is underpinned by a strong cultural and spiritual base. http://healingfoundation.org.au/our-publications/
Read the full report here: AMHC Business Proposal