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$1.5m aid for cashless card trial families

Date posted: 26 July 2016

The makeup of a $1.5 million support package rolled out by the Federal Government as part of its cashless welfare debit card trial has been revealed. 

Five organisations in the East Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), will receive funding through the scheme to provide support for people to reduce addiction to alcohol or drugs and improve their personal financial management. 

Included in the support package is $450,000 for Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) to provide drug and alcohol support workers in Kununurra, while Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation has received $350,000 to provide the same in Wyndham.

OVAHS Chief Executive, Graeme Cooper, said the funding has allowed the organisation to employ a senior mental health worker and a senior social worker. 

Boab Health Services has also received $350,000 to provide substance abuse rehabilitation support for adolescents, emergency accommodation and transport for participants in the trial, and assistance for family members affected by the trial. 

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre and Wyndham Early Learning Activity Centre received $323,000 and $99,966 respectively for family support services. 

Source: The West Australian - regional


Last updated: 26 July 2016
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