Central and Eastern Sydney PHN launch new drug and alcohol treatment services for Sydney community

On 7 July 2017, we were delighted to launch a range of new drug and alcohol treatment services to improve the health outcomes of individuals affected by drug and alcohol misuse in our community. More than 80 individuals attended the launch event held at Woodstock Community Centre in Burwood, which provided a unique opportunity for service providers and key individuals in the drug and alcohol space to come together to share ideas and learn from one another.

Our primary health network has awarded a total of $2.4 million of Commonwealth funding to ACON, the Community Restorative Centre, Odyssey House and WHOS to deliver these services which will support more than 700 people in our community using programs that we know work.

Funding was made available to primary health networks following the release of the National Ice Taskforce Report in October 2015, with the Federal Government committing $241.5 to address the high levels of alcohol and drug use - including methamphetamine use - in Australia. Our selection process for awarding contracts was rigorous. Successful organisations demonstrated their capacity to deliver evidence-based drug and alcohol treatments, as well as the capacity to target underserviced locations and populations. Specifically each service will use the funding to provide the following services to our community:

ACON

The ACON Substance Support Program will enhance counselling and care coordination for LGBTI people experiencing problematic substance use. Funding will allow a further 288 people, including family members and key supports to access this program.

Community Restorative Centre

The Community Restorative Centre Transitions Project will provide outreach services, community based rehabilitation and psychosocial counselling for more than 140 people, with problematic AOD addictions and complex support needs who are exiting prison. This will include a specific service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Odyssey House

Based in Redfern, with two outreach centres in Canterbury and Botany, Odyssey House will provide for recovery groups for people living with co-occuring substance misuse and mental health conditions. Further support will be provided for individuals through aftercare, community rehabilitation and one-to-one counselling.

WHOS

More than 285 additional withdrawal support services will be provided through the WHOS withdrawal Management Service for people presenting for admission to WHOS' residential rehabilitation programs at Rozelle.

We remain committed to ensuring quality, culturally appropriate provision of drug and alcohol treatments, as well as improved referral pathways between primary care and specialist treatment for the central and eastern Sydney community. We are excited to be working with ACON, the Community Restorative Centre, Odyssey House and WHOS as our role in the drug and alcohol sector continues to grow.