Northern Territory Correctional Services Elders Visiting Program The Northern Territory Elders Visiting Program (EVP) was developed in partnership between the NT Department of Justice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), Community Councils and Elders. The EVP commenced in 2005 and operates throughout NT Correctional facilities. The program recognizes that cultural contact with Elders. This program improves the reintegration prospects of prisoners by maintaining links to community and culture while in prison. The Elders Visiting Program (EVP) objectives are: 1. To support the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous prisoners by maintaining links to community and culture while in prison; and 2. To improve the reintegration prospects of Indigenous prisoners by talking about behaviors that led to their incarceration and discussing their post release plans, obligations and expectations upon returning to community. The EVP continues to form capacity building through community consultation and resource development for programming. The EVP Elders and staff have been integral into the development of treatment resources for violent offenders. The animations developed in language and English explain treatment concepts and develop skills. The resources are currently used in our correctional centers but the plan is to roll them out into community. The procedure has involved extensive consultation across 14 communities throughout the NT that currently participate in the EVP. The strength based approach teaches prisoners relationship skills which are culturally relevant and innovative.


Juanita Jones
Department of Attorney General and Justice
Manager, Elders Visiting Program

Biography: Ms. Jones has been working in the field of Correctional Services since 2003. Commencing with the WA Department of Corrective Services as a Juvenile Custodial Officer, Juanita also acted in the Aboriginal Welfare Officer and Liaison Officer (court & bail) positions. In 2007 Juanita was seconded to the Aboriginal Policy and Services Directorate – Department of Attorney General WA – as a Project Officer in the Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) Team working on a variety of local AJA justice plans. Since relocating to the Northern Territory 10 years ago, she has worked extensively with Elders. She has significant experience in stakeholder engagement working with other internal stakeholders (custodial, youth, community corrections), other government agencies, non-government agencies, Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal Elders. Juanita has undertaken several roles, including Senior Policy Officer Indigenous Affairs and Senior Policy Officer Reintegration. In that period she has been responsible for procurement and contracts management in sex offender treatment programs and the pre and post prisoner support release space. She has also been the key driver for the expansion and further development of the EVP, growing the program from eight communities to over 15 communities/regions and is the key contact for Elders and others wishing to engage effectively with Elders that participate in the EVP.


Rosemary O’Reilly-Martinez
Department of Attorney General and Justice
Senior Clinician Rosemary O’Reilly-Martinez is a clinical psychologist working as a Senior Clinician for Offender Services and Programs and holds an Adjunct Senior Lectureship with James Cook University. For the past 18 years she has worked for NT government throughout the NT in Mental Health, Courts and Correctional Services. With the support of the Department, extensive consultation across the NT with Elders from the Elders Visiting Program and her work directly with countrymen in prison and community she has developed several programs such as an Intensive Alcohol and Drug Program a youth family violence program and most recently a treatment program for high risk family violent indigenous male offenders in the NT.

Biography: Rosemary O’Reilly-Martinez is a clinical psychologist working as a Senior Clinician for Offender Services and Programs and holds an Adjunct Senior Lectureship with James Cook University. For the past 18 years she has worked for NT government throughout the NT in Mental Health, Courts and Correctional Services. With the support of the Department, extensive consultation across the NT with Elders from the Elders Visiting Program and her work directly with countrymen in prison and community she has developed several programs such as an Intensive Alcohol and Drug Program a youth family violence program and most recently a treatment program for high risk family violent indigenous male offenders in the NT.


Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri
Elder's Visiting Program
Chair Elders Visiting Program Mr. Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri is a Tiwi Elder who attended College of St John’s Catholic Secondary College between 1968-1969 in Darwin, then he attended Monivae College in Hamilton Victoria between 1970-1973. He went on to complete a teaching diploma at Aboriginal Teacher Education Centre at Bachelor and was employed as a teacher for 10 years. He completed his health qualifications in Katherine and was employed as a health worker for 10 years. During that time he was the Chairman of Tiwi Land Council and for the past 20 years and currently he is the Director of the NT Indigenous Education Council. Mr. Puruntatameri was the Chair of the Elders Visiting Program (EVP) for 13 years, during that time he has made significant contributions to the development of culturally appropriate treatment for Indigenous offenders imprisoned and in community. He has facilitated treatment to youth and adults in prison and in community . He is currently a member of the Indigenous Reference Group (Child Health) for Menzies School of Health he has held this position for the past 20 years Throughout this time Mr. Puruntatameri has been committed to improving the lives of the Tiwi people and Indigenous peoples of the NT.

Biography: Mr. Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri is a Tiwi Elder who attended College of St John’s Catholic Secondary College between 1968-1969 in Darwin, then he attended Monivae College in Hamilton Victoria between 1970-1973. He went on to complete a teaching diploma at Aboriginal Teacher Education Centre at Bachelor and was employed as a teacher for 10 years. He completed his health qualifications in Katherine and was employed as a health worker for 10 years. During that time he was the Chairman of Tiwi Land Council and for the past 20 years and currently he is the Director of the NT Indigenous Education Council. Mr. Puruntatameri was the Chair of the Elders Visiting Program (EVP) for 13 years, during that time he has made significant contributions to the development of culturally appropriate treatment for Indigenous offenders imprisoned and in community. He has facilitated treatment to youth and adults in prison and in community . He is currently a member of the Indigenous Reference Group (Child Health) for Menzies School of Health he has held this position for the past 20 years Throughout this time Mr. Puruntatameri has been committed to improving the lives of the Tiwi people and Indigenous peoples of the NT.


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