Megan is a chief investigator on Banga-ma-la-nha, which is a collaborative throughcare program for young Aboriginal women transitioning from prison to community.

The project aims to:

  • disrupt the pipeline of young Aboriginal women returning to custody in NSW
  • improve the social and emotional wellbeing of incarcerated Aboriginal women aged 18-24 years transitioning from NSW prisons to community.

It will do this by:

  • determining the health and social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginal women aged 18-24 years who are in, or have recently been released from, prison in NSW; and to determine the impacts of accessing existing services and supports on their wellbeing
  • conducting a needs analysis and mapping current throughcare programs in NSW, and assessing their impact on recidivism and understanding of young Aboriginal women’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • co-designing with Aboriginal communities and existing formal throughcare programs a culturally and gender informed age-appropriate prison release and community support program that better addresses the social and emotional wellbeing of young Aboriginal women in NSW prisons
  • implementing and evaluating a culturally and gender informed age-appropriate intervention for the throughcare workforce to engage with young Aboriginal women and their communities to facilitate successful transition from prison to community.

Mark provides writing, editing and strategic support.

Banga-ma-la-nha is not associated with Yulang, but is an example of our work.

How can we help?

Let's improve the policies and programs that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Contact Yulang Indigenous Evaluation