Investment in Aboriginal men’s healing delivers significant economic benefits

Posted 21st January 2022 in General

A report released in November 2021, Strengthening Spirit and Culture: A Cost Benefit Analysis of Dardi Munwurro’s Men’s Healing Programs explains the findings of an analytical study by Deloitte Access Economics of the impacts of three programs delivered by Dardi Munwurro, a Victorian specialist Aboriginal healing and family violence prevention service.

The study, funded by The Healing Foundation, proves the economic benefits associated with Aboriginal men’s healing. It shows clearly that targeted government investment in Aboriginal community-led men’s healing and behaviour change programs delivers better healing outcomes and significant economic savings.

Dardi Munwurro CEO, Alan Thorpe, said that Dardi’s programs work with men to address a range of issues that can lead to violence, including trauma, mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse, unstable housing, unemployment, and identity issues.

“We create a space where men feel safe to talk about their feelings and emotions,” Mr Thorpe said.

“We talk about relationships and family, and your responsibility as an Aboriginal man. We support the men, but we challenge negative behaviours.”

The report identifies a range of positive outcomes from Dardi’s programs, and Deloitte has monetised the impacts of the programs stemming from clients’ reduced contact with criminal justice, and improved employment outcomes.

The analysis found that each dollar invested in Dardi Munwurro is estimated to provide a return on investment of 50-190 per cent, noting that this should be viewed as a conservative estimate of benefits as it was not possible to quantify all benefits from the programs.

The report indicates the largest benefit comes from reduced rates of incarceration, with the rate of incarceration of Dardi clients decreasing from 13 per cent pre-program to 4 per cent post-program. Every avoided case of incarceration represents a saving to government of over $90,000 per annum.

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