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Government funding withdrawn from successful SA substance use treatment service

Date posted: 3 May 2012

The Federal Government has withdrawn funding from a South Australian (SA) Aboriginal community controlled organisation after 38 years of operation.

Kalparrin Community Inc was set up in 1975 by a group of Elders who were looking for something better in their lives than alcohol and other drugs. The SA organisation offers a variety of programs and services for individuals with substance use and/or social and emotional wellbeing issues.

Hostel facilities provide safe accommodation for Indigenous people participating in rehabilitation programs. It's also the only service in SA that takes in entire families, and helps look after the children of troubled individuals.

However, Kalparrin Community Inc last year underwent a review, where the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) identified that it was not meeting its funding agreement, and had issues with its service delivery and governance. The organisation was given 12 months to address these issues, and bring them in line with Federal government requirements.

Despite attempts to appoint a health management advisor and funds controller with the help of the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, their requests were not actioned, and DoHA reportedly said in an email statement that they regrettably had no option but to cut funding.

Kalparrin Community Inc's Board has since met with representatives from DoHA to try and source an explanation, as well as restoration of the funds. Living Black on SBS, who featured the story on Kalparrin Community Inc on 29 April 2012, also unsuccessfully attempted to obtain interviews with the Indigenous Health Minister, Warren Snowdon, and other representatives from DoHA.

Source: SBS Living Black


SBS Living Black


Last updated: 3 May 2012
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