MEDIA RELEASE: New funding builds foundations for sustainable drug and alcohol services for Sydney community

9 March 2017

More than $2.4M of Commonwealth funding will be used to commission five drug and alcohol treatment services, including services to address methamphetamine use, within Central and Eastern Sydney PHN over the next two years.

Following a competitive tender process, we are pleased to award contracts to ACON, Community Restorative Centre, Odyssey House and WHOS.

This is one strategy within our primary health network’s plan to enhance capacity within the drug and alcohol sector. Services provided by these organisations will also maximise the benefits of the Commonwealth Government’s investment under the National Ice Action Strategy.

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

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

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

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.

The successful organisations have demonstrated their capacity to deliver evidence-based drug and alcohol treatments, as well as the capacity to target underserviced locations and populations.

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN Chief Executive Officer, Dr Michael Moore said, “We are confident that these services will address key service gaps as identified through our needs assessment to build the foundations for a sustainable local drug and alcohol treatment system within our primary health network.”

We will also undertake a number of activities to improve people’s experiences of navigating and using the health system, and to build the capacity of the drug and alcohol workforce to meet local community needs. We will leverage our strong relationships with local health services and health professionals, to ensure quality, culturally appropriate provision of drug and alcohol treatment, as well as improved referral pathways between primary care and specialist treatment.

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