No wrong door? Managing Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa

Memmott, Paul and Nash, Daphne (2012) No wrong door? Managing Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa St Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland, The Institute for Social Science Research

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Author Memmott, Paul
Nash, Daphne
Title of report No wrong door? Managing Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa
Parent publication Australia, Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Publication date 2012-07
Year available 2012
Publisher The University of Queensland, The Institute for Social Science Research
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Total pages 59
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subjects 370000 Studies in Human Society
Formatted abstract
The Jimaylya Topsy Harry Centre (JTHC) is a transitional accommodation centre with managed alcohol consumption for homeless Indigenous clients in the regional city of Mt Isa, north-west Queensland. The JTHC aims to provide crisis accommodation also but has the longer term goal to facilitate clients through various stages of housing and eventually to stable tenancies, integrating front-line treatment of Indigenous alcoholism and responses to homelessness.

This report, funded by the Australian Government under the National Homelessness Research Agenda, offers a preliminary analysis of the JTHC, based on three core operating principles; harm minimisation, accommodation leading to housing and cultural maintenance and building of social capital and resilience. It presents a brief description of the Centre’s aims, treatment programmes and outcomes, especially as they compare and contrast to other centres in Mt Isa.

Noting that the centre’s unusual combination of programmes and cultural emphasis depart from usual practices in significant ways, the report seeks to determine if, and to what extent, Jimaylya is making headway in the treatment and rehabilitation of Indigenous public place dwellers who are suffering from alcoholism as well as other associated mental health conditions. Through evaluating the effectiveness of the JTHC’s somewhat unique approach, the report explores the importance of understanding cultural difference when considering the behaviour of Indigenous people in crisis.
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