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Codes 4 Life: 3 focus areas in 2021

Feb 17, 2021

Services: Codes 4 Life, Desert Leadership

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Codes 4 Life Project Offi­cer Wayne Scrut­ton and Man­ag­er Michael Liddle.

Codes 4 Life is an Abo­rig­i­nal men’s pro­gram that seeks to address and curb unlaw­ful behav­iour stem­ming from alco­hol and sub­stance abuse, by recon­nect­ing Abo­rig­i­nal men with their cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty and respon­si­bil­i­ties. All work­shops are facil­i­tat­ed by Man­ag­er Michael Lid­dle and Project Offi­cer Wayne Scrut­ton, and over­seen by Abo­rig­i­nal Elders.

Over the past year, Codes 4 Life has con­duct­ed adapt­ed work­shops in high-impact loca­tions, and cre­at­ed a plat­form to improve the deliv­ery of pro­grams for Abo­rig­i­nal men’s well­be­ing. The team has worked to improve under­stand­ing about men’s health; increased aware­ness about the issues around alco­hol, mar­i­jua­na, domes­tic vio­lence and sex­u­al health; and drawn atten­tion to how bad habits affect Abo­rig­i­nal men’s wellbeing.

In addi­tion to con­tin­u­ing their work from the pre­vi­ous year, the team has out­lined three key areas they will focus on in 2021:

1. Accel­er­at­ing the impact of partnerships

Codes 4 Life will work with CASSE Aus­tralia and the Alice Springs Youth Deten­tion Cen­tre to increase knowl­edge about local ser­vice providers and the scope of their deliv­ery. This will help bridge gaps in knowl­edge, improve ser­vice deliv­er­ies, and pro­mote a high­er lev­el of account­abil­i­ty with­in local organisations.

2. Facil­i­tat­ing con­ver­sa­tions about domes­tic violence

Although past work­shops have addressed domes­tic vio­lence and sex­u­al abuse, the Codes 4 Life team is com­mit­ted to inten­si­fy­ing their efforts in the space. In 2021, they will invite women to speak about domes­tic vio­lence at work­shops, so that par­tic­i­pants can hear first-hand accounts about the extent of the prob­lem and its ramifications.

This is hard ground that needs to be cov­ered. It’s cost­ing lives, and it’s caus­ing fam­i­lies to split up. We need to stop dodg­ing the issue; it needs to be addressed!”
-Michael Lid­dle

3. Under­stand­ing the brain and human psychology

In a new direc­tion for Codes 4 Life, the team will work with psy­chol­o­gists to advance reha­bil­i­ta­tion for Abo­rig­i­nal men, and help them under­stand the steps they need to take to bet­ter their reha­bil­i­ta­tion process. The ini­tia­tive will also cul­mi­nate in new work­shop mate­r­i­al for Codes 4 Life par­tic­i­pants to learn how the brain works under dif­fer­ent emo­tion­al states, and the man­ner in which drugs and alco­hol affect their thinking.

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A Codes 4 Life work­shop address­ing the impor­tance of cul­ture and family.

Incor­po­rat­ing their new focus areas, the team will con­tin­ue their work to pre­serve knowl­edge about Abo­rig­i­nal iden­ti­ty and cul­ture, while also rein­forc­ing mes­sages about the need to fol­low rules in the West­ern world.

In 2021, Codes 4 Life will deliv­er around 10 work­shops in Cen­tral Aus­tralia, con­cen­trat­ing on authen­tic deliv­er­ies to max­imise engage­ment and lay the ground­work for the most pos­i­tive outcomes.


Tags: Codes 4 Life , Desert Leadership , DKA , dkaconnect , Desert Knowledge Australia

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