ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Media release: Jeffery Amatto shares his story highlighting urgent need for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-specific alcohol and drug supports

16 November 2020

ACTCOSS is pleased to today host Wiradjuri man Jeffery Amatto, who will share his story of addiction, incarceration and recovery and survival within a cultural and spiritual framework.

Mr Amatto will speak to an audience of ACTCOSS members and stakeholders about his experience spending significant periods of his youth and adult life incarcerated due to a constant cycle of addiction.

As the founder of ‘More Cultural Rehab Less Jails’, Mr Amatto shares his story to change the way our society deals with the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in prison due to crimes related to addiction.

ACTCOSS CEO Dr Emma Campbell said: “Jeff’s story is inspiring and provides a strong argument for urgent action on culturally safe and supportive alcohol and other drug treatment services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Canberra.

“ACTCOSS is calling for the establishment of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community-controlled alcohol and other drug treatment service in the ACT.”

Mr Amatto and Dr Campbell will be available for media interviews and comment on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 November.

ACTCOSS advocates for social justice in the ACT and represents not-for-profit community organisations.

For more information or comment, please contact
Dr Emma Campbell, CEO, ACTCOSS, on 0424 910 617 or 02 6202 7200.