Alcohol and drug support funded for another three years

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Local support for people battling drug and alcohol issues will continue with funding for the next three years announced by the Coalition Government.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said from 1 July 2019 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia will receive $45 million a year for alcohol and other drug treatment services which will provide stability to services and meet the needs of local communities.

“Alcohol and drug misuse doesn’t just affect the person. It affects families, friends and the surrounding community,” Mr Pitt said.

“I’m pleased to announce that the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN will receive $553,558 per year for the next 3 years under this latest round of funding.

“We know that people impacted by alcohol and drugs need to be able to access appropriate support when and where they need it. This funding will help provide this access,” he said.

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN CEO, Pattie Hudson has welcomed the announcement of ongoing Government funding for alcohol and drug services.

“Substance misuse is an issue that affects every community in some way and over the past number of years we have been pleased to be able to provide local support through funding a range of programs and services.

“The commitment by the Government for three years of funding allows us to build ongoing service capacity, especially in regional and remote communities.”

“The people of our rural and regional communities have shown tremendous dedication and a desire to influence the health system for the better. We will continue to work alongside our communities and local service providers in advocating for local treatment options and to improve the health system,” Mrs Hudson said.

Withdrawal management and rehabilitation services currently receiving Government funding can apply for a share of $29 million a year in continued funding to provide evidence-based treatment services for individuals most in need.

Additionally, funding of $4.9 million a year will continue for alcohol and peak drug organisations and complementary national treatment sector capacity building activities.

For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.

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