Travis Bruce, an Aboriginal health worker, says it is important for the men to have a place where they can reconnect with their culture and restore their dignity and self-esteem. He says the men feel free at a men-only ceremonial place, to "talk about their problems and get things off their chests, rather than hoarding it all up and hiding their feelings".
Patrick Ah Kit, a sexual health worker, says he can speak openly to the men at Strongbala about health issues, including sexually transmitted infections, because they sit in a traditional men's place. "We just couldn't have the frank exchanges we do if we were somewhere else." Aboriginal elders who volunteer their time, teach the men how to hunt in the traditional way and gather bush medicine and tucker. There are plans for the men to take tourists on bush-tucker walks and teach them how to throw boomerangs.
The program's aim is to train the men for jobs in construction, Aboriginal arts and crafts, horticulture, and literacy and numeracy education which will eventually lead to self-sufficiency. And there are people willing to help - a contract has already been secured for the men to build a bike track.