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St Vincent De Paul Society to establish drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Tamworth, New South Wales

Date posted: 2 March 2017

Drug and alcohol issues in Tamworth, New South Wales (NSW) are a major community concern and the area is receiving funding from the Federal Government, who will assist local services who provide treatment, support and other services for people dealing with substance use.

The St Vincent De Paul Society, or Vinnies, has gained $1.3 million to expand and establish treatment services in Tamworth, Armidale and around the New England North West, of NSW.

Vinnies will be setting up a new drug and alcohol day rehabilitation program in Tamworth with the funding. It is understood that there is support for this program in the local community.

In a double effort, the Federal Government also delivered more than $3.25 million of funding, allocated through the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) in NSW.

The PHN pinpointed drug and alcohol treatment, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health as key issues in the region.

Centacare New England North West also landed about $600,000 to boost their indigenous mental health service.

Executive manager Lea Sharpe said the funding would allow the organisation to provide culturally appropriate care to Aboriginal communities in Gunnedah, Narrabri and Moree.

The funding will be reviewed on June 30, 2018.

Source: The Northern Daily Leader


Last updated: 2 March 2017
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