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South-West Queensland young people roundtable addresses alcohol and other drug use, unemployment

Date posted: 9 March 2015

Community leaders and health authorities have come together in South-West Queensland to look at how to improve outcomes for young people and build healthier towns.

A roundtable was held at Charleville yesterday, supported by local councils, Aboriginal Medical Services and other health providers, to discuss alcohol and other drug use, unemployment and mental health issues.

Sheryl Lawton, from the Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal Community Health Service, said the lack of jobs was not helping and more resources were needed to combat health issues.

'It's going to be a lot of hard work trying to get a focus on ensuring that we get the best outcomes for our areas and that means lobbying and advocating ministers and people that we can influence, trying to get some focus back on Charleville and our area, in relation to improving our lifestyle and giving people hope and a better chance in life,' she said.

Ms Lawton said unemployment and alcohol and other drug use were issues affecting the wider community.

'We believe that we have high rates of drugs in the community, high rates of mental health issues that are a result of some of these drug and alcohol abuse, and we haven't got the capacity to deal with it,' she said.

'People are bored. Years ago when you left school you had a job to go to, the railway or council or somewhere but now there is nowhere to go.'
Source: ABC

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