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Aboriginal alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre offering spiritual healing in Canberra to open by mid-2016

Date posted: 9 October 2015

A new alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre focused on providing care to Aboriginal people living in Canberra is on track to be completed by the middle of 2016.

Construction on the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm began earlier this year with a traditional smoking ceremony taking place at the site.

Today Health Minister, Simon Corbell, joined Ngunnawal Elders in incorporating ashes from the ceremony into a rammed earth wall that will serve as a key cultural feature of the completed centre.

'We've been able to incorporate ashes from the smoking ceremony held earlier this year, into the heart of building,' Mr Corbell said.

'That's very important because this is fundamentally a place of healing for Indigenous people, set in a landscape which is so important to the Ngunnawal people.'

The eight-bed centre, located in bushland to Canberra's west, will provide rehabilitation services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the Canberra region, with a focus on Indigenous spiritual healing.

'We're just over the moon, just overwhelmed, we can't wait to see it opened and for services to start for our people,' the healing farm's Co-Chair, Roslyn Brown said.

'Our people need healing, not jail, jails aren't good for any people.'

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Last updated: 8 October 2015
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