H&I Hub Meeting Minutes
Date: 17 December, 2020
Attendees: Meredith C (Chair/Minutes), Victoria S, Sonya M, Peter M
Apologies: None offered
Northern Australia H&I Activity
- H&I Hub can assist with literature for Northern Australia H&I facilities.
- NA@Home donating starter kits to go into various H&I institutions.
- H&I Hub has access to donated Just for Today and Basic Texts for correctional facilities.
- Gretel P handed over HADs Coordinator role to Sonya M in December.
- Roster has up to 38 people on the database, however database needs to be cleansed.
- HADs meetings scheduled until the end of January.
- New members recruited for the roster, mainly female participants, looking for more male members.
- H&I Hub discussed the benefits of implementing a HADs Group Conscience.
- H&I Hub to assist with virtual meeting room and literature for HADs.
Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation and Fraser Compound (Detention Centre), Pinkenba
- Cam W handed this project back to the H&I Hub to progress once social distancing restrictions are lifted at the Centre.
- No current H&I activity in Toowoomba.
- H&I Hub approached Sunrise Way in August to invite the rehab to participate in online H&I presentations.
- Spoke with Sunrise Way CEO, Louise Sanderson early September with email follow up late September, no response.
- Regular Zoom meetings going into Mirakai and Fairhaven. No face-to-face meetings yet.
- Currumbin Clinic has recommenced face to face meetings.
- Numinbah Correctional Centre has commenced fortnightly face to face meetings.
Regional Online H&I
- Monday night online H&I to national rehabs (4-5) has strong interest from NA membership to be part of the speaker roster.
- Regional Online H&I Subcommittee hasn’t been able to gain interest from rehabs to move forward with a second online weekly presentation.
- Members Australia wide are invited to join the speaker roster (6-month minimum clean time).
- Observerships are encouraged.
Probation and Parole
- The H&I Hub meet with Brisbane Central Probation and Parole in December to raise awareness about NA and the role it can play in client recovery.
- Approximately, 10-12 staff attended and were keen to add NA to their client ‘toolbox’.
- The Hub will meet regularly with Brisbane Central staff to remain connected, provide literature and arrange client information sessions.
- The Hub discussed approaching other Brisbane Probation and Parole offices to determine interest in connecting with NA.
|H&I Hub to contact Philippa for other Brisbane Probation and Parole office contact details.||Meredith C|
Online Pilot Project
- Discussions between Peter M and Tamara Bambrick (QCS) commenced November, 2019.
- Tamara met with IT early August 2020 and was hopeful IT would advise start of online H&I trial within a couple of weeks at Numinbah Correctional Centre and Wolston Correctional Centre.
- Tamara advised (September 23) project has been handed over to Mike Mcfarlane.
- Multiple follow up emails sent to Mike throughout October and November, still no traction with this project.
Women’s Correctional Centres
- Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre (BWCC)
- Face to face meetings going well
- Average attendance of 15 women (newcomers and regulars)
- Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC)
- Face to face meetings commenced going well
- Average attendance of 6 women
- Helana Jones Centre (HJC)
- Face to face meetings going well
- Attendance numbers average 7 women
Women’s Correctional Promotional Material
- The Women’s Prison Roster Group has developed a multi-facility flyer to promote NA information session attendance in BWCC, SQCC, HJC and Numinbah, flyer includes details about request process.
- Flyer has been distributed to all correctional facilities.
- Indigenous flyers provided by Regional Indigenous Sub-Committee to be distributed to BWCC, SQCC, HJC and Numinbah.
- Indigenous flyers have been distributed to the Brisbane Central Probation and Parole office and SQCC.
Men’s Correctional Facilities
Lotus Glen Correctional Centre
- Lack of H&I roster support has meant H&I meetings have been suspended.
- Centre indicated interest in using virtual visit IT to facilitate H&I.
Woodford Correctional Centre
- Monthly information sessions commenced 8 November 2020, facilitated by three non-Sunshine Coast members.
- This arrangement will remain in place until April 2021 until QCS security clearance approval for Sunshine Coast members allows them to to run this roster independently.
- Feedback from NA facilitators is that:
- NA attendance numbers are capped at 6
- AA single (male and female) facilitators attend a low security section
|H&I Hub to contact Claire at Woodford Correctional Centre to follow up and seek clarity on feedback.||Meredith C|
Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre
H&I Hub has commenced discussions with Arthur Gorrie to determine interest in NA information sessions.
- Centre was very receptive
- Due to space restrictions their preference is for NA to go in on a Saturday
- Male and female facilitators are welcome
- Looking for an information session format due to the transient (remand) nature of the facility
|H&I Hub to participate in online meeting with AGCC on December 23 to progress information sessions.||Meredith C|
Brisbane Correctional Centre
H&I Hub to contact BCC to offer H&I meetings.
|H&I Hub to contact Bill Warwick at Wolston Correctional Centre for BCC referral.||Meredith C|
SEQ Men’s Correctional Facilities:
- Arthur Gorrie (remand)
- Wolston Correctional Centre (protection)
- Brisbane Correctional Centre (primary SEQ reception area for sentenced prisoners and maximum security unit), formerly Sir David Longland Correctional Centre
- Woodford Correctional Centre
Brisbane Youth Detention Centre
- Women’s Prison Group is seeking contact details for the Centre to determine their interest in receiving H&I information sessions.