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Cost Benefit Analysis of the Murri School Healing Program
The Healing Foundation supports the Murri School, located in the greater Brisbane area. The healing program at the Murri School has run since 2012, and combines therapeutic intervention, service coordination, family case work, family camps, cultural and group activities, and (re)connection with educational and sporting activities. The program brings together family support workers, psychologists, medical and allied health professionals and trauma-informed teachers to create a culturally appropriate, supportive environment for students and their families.
From January 2016 to June 2016, 230 children and young people took part in healing activities at the Murri School as well as 180 adult family members.The aim of this report is to estimate the potential benefits that could be achieved if the Murri program was replicated in similar (mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) state schools. Due to data limitations, the actual comparator used is outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Queensland.