Breaking the Cycle (RECIDIVISM)

A group fishing off a jetty with their dogs laying around in the foreground.A partnership of NWRH, James Cook University and the remote Aboriginal communities of Doomadgee and Mornington Island; funded by the Federal Governments’ “Breaking the Cycle” Initiative.


This collaborative research project addresses the consequences of chronic alcohol and other drug use in remote Aboriginal communities, and the pervasive cycle of re-offending identified as a key consequence.

Recommendations stemming from research promote a different approach to reduce re-offending rates at a community level; including diversionary programmes such as on country bush camps and support for former offenders when they return to their communities.

The primary aims of this project were to work with the communities to identify those factors and consequences, to educate and empower all Aboriginal communities to make healthy life choices, and to design and trial the implementation of options such as on country bush camps for people returning from prison.”

With the communities determined to drive innovative solutions forward, a resource package and documentary stemming from recommendations have been created to assist in delivering a powerful message on the importance of breaking the cycle.

Promoting and supporting the benefits of a community-based co-design of services to improve health outcomes in remote Aboriginal communities North and West Remote Health and James Cook University look forward to sourcing partners to further develop and expand this initiative.


Keeping on Country Report Front Cover
Keeping on Country Research Report (PDF)

Breaking the Cycle Resource Guide Front Cover
Breaking the Cycle Resource Guide (PDF)

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