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Providing certainty and funding for alcohol and drug treatment services

Date posted: 3 March 2017

The Turnbull Government has announced it will continue to provide support to drug and alcohol treatment services across Australia with funding of more than $75 million a year.

Across Australia, around 150 groups that provide direct drug and alcohol treatment and support services will be given guaranteed funding for another two years until 30 June 2019.

This includes services such as drop-in centres that provide counselling and information, withdrawal management and rehabilitation clinics. This is in addition to the National Ice Action Strategy Funding of $241.5 million for drug and alcohol treatment currently being rolled out.

The continued funding will provide support to individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol use, and will maintain the availability of treatment for people seeking help.

Under new funding arrangements, more than $42 million per annum (over two years) will be transferred to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to align with drug and alcohol treatment funding provided through the National Ice Action Strategy. The remaining funds will be distributed by the Department of Health to large organisations that provide services over multiple PHNs. PHNs will use the additional funding to continue to fund drug and alcohol treatment services to increase the availability of treatment for people seeking help.

Source: The Hon Greg Hunt MP media releases, Department of Health

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Last updated: 3 March 2017
 
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