The Koori Access Program (KAP) is funded by the Australian Department of Health under the National Illicit Drug Strategy (NIDS).
The primary focus of KAP is to improve the access and treatment completion rates of Aboriginal adults and young people to the Melbourne metropolitan based network of Adult and Youth Community Residential Withdrawal (CRW) centres.
The program employs a male and female worker to support and assist direct referrals and or those clients that have been referred to the program from rural based Koori AOD Workers.
KAP Workers can support clients through the CRW assessment, intake and treatment process and with any post withdrawal treatment needs that have been identified as part of that clients Individual Treatment Plan.
KAP Workers have developed a collaborative working relationship with the staff at the Melbourne based Withdrawal Centres and can assist these agencies in their engagement of Aboriginal clients as well as their cultural awareness and professional development requirements.
The program undertakes quarterly visits to rural based Aboriginal organisations in Victoria to provide information updates and training to Koori AOD Workers and their management.