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Funding for North-West alcohol and drug services in Western Australia

Date posted: 31 January 2017

The State Government of Western Australia (WA) has promised $18.9 million from its Royalties for Regions scheme, in order to continue providing alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention services.

The investment in the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program would be for a further three years, from 2017-18 and then 2019-20, and the WA government aims for the funding to complement previous commitments of $19.3 million.

Mental Health Minister, The Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA, said the funding would deliver specialist alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention services from hubs in the Kimberley and Pilbara, and support the continued operation of the sobering-up service at the Carnarvon Dual Purpose Centre.

The Minister has said that 'This investment will also assist in the continuation of community development initiatives that have been established and implemented since the program started, such as prevention activities and community alcohol management plans. The funding will help reduce the level of alcohol and other drug related issues in communities in the Pilbara and Kimberley. There are already improved treatment completion rates and reduced alcohol and other drug use after treatment in the affected communities. I look forward to seeing greater social benefits realised.'

Source: Government of Western Australia

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Last updated: 31 January 2017
 
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