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"Creating a window of change" The Vietnamese Transitions Project


Rachel Rowe




The Vietnamese Transitions Project seeks to address the structural barriers faced by Vietnamese men and women who have substance use issues and are completing prison sentences for illicit drug related offenses. In the context of the over-representation of Vietnamese-born people in NSW prisons, this presentation will explore how a comprehensive case management program has achieved the impressive outcomes reported in its recent evaluation. Over an 18-month period from 2011 to 2012, no Transitions participants returned to prison; and alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health treatment entry and retention rates among participants significantly increased. Eighty percent of participants reported improved relationships with their families; and participants who had access to suitable housing went from 33% at release from prison to 95% at discharge from the program. Evaluation findings also suggest that workers in prisons and transitional support services in the community are better placed to understand, treat and refer Vietnamese inmates, ex-inmates and their families as a direct result of the program.

Publication Type

Conference Presentation

Presented at

Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) National Social Inclusion and Complex Needs Conference, 2013

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