Project Sunrise: Self-Determined Holistic Approaches to AOD treatment for African Australian Young People

Project Sunrise is an African-Australian-led alcohol and other drugs initiative to support African-Australian young people aged 12-30 in a holistic manner through collaboration with the community and other services and sectors. Led by the African Australian Welfare Bureau, Positive Wellness Recovery Centre, Odyssey House Victoria and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service, the project works to improve health and well-being outcomes for young African people in Victoria.

Project Sunrise provides counselling, case management, and links to other services across Melbourne to young people and families from African backgrounds. Project Sunrise also delivers AOD community education sessions to families and young people.

This presentation will cover cultural appropriateness, collaboration, successes and barriers whilst working with the African Australian communities and clients whilst undertaking this vital project.

Presenters

Marcus Hough, Project Manager Workforce Development Programs, Odyssey House Victoria

Marcus is a Project Manager of AOD Workforce Development at Odyssey House VictoriaÕs registered training organisation Odyssey Institute, focusing on both workforce and community education. ÊMarcus has previously worked in the housing and homelessness and family violence sectors, as well as in leadership roles in private industry.

Peter Uzander, Project Sunrise Project Coordinator, African Australian Welfare Bureau Inc.

Peter is currently the Chairman of the African Australian Welfare Bureau Inc. He is a community sector specialist with extensive managerial experience in working with Migrant Communities, Governments, and Not for Profit Organisations. Peter is driven by the philosophy of supporting, encouraging and providing African Australian Migrant communities with the opportunity to be all they can be.