Working with Remote Aboriginal Community
When Australian Brother Anthony Leahy left Papua New Guinea he was appointed to the Order’s Community in Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia. Brother Anthony, a former Provincial (1983-1986) and former President of the Asia Pacific Inter-Provincial Commission (1992-1995), had run the Rohanoka Addictions Centre at Wewak, P.N.G., for 6 years.
Brother Anthony’s skills and experience in alcohol and drug addictions counselling were soon recognised and called on in Cairns. He has joined a team of people who are trying to help a remote Aboriginal community at Aurukun with the problem of alcoholism. Two members of the team are flown once a week from Cairns to Aurukun by the famous Australian Flying Doctor Service when there is an aircraft available.
At the request of the Elders of the community Brother Anthony and another team member have already flown into Aurukun twice to do the ground work in setting up a regular Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meeting. The long term objective is to train local people to be able to sustain A.A. at Aurukun so that the team no longer has to visit.