From today, Victorians seeking drug and alcohol treatment will benefit from the Victorian Coalition Government’s new, enhanced and integrated addiction services. Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said that as part of a statewide recommissioning process, significant improvements had been made to the way treatment and support for alcohol and drug addiction is delivered.
Media release on the current changes to the Vic treatment system from Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge.
Drug experts have backed up calls for a national strategy to deal with the scourge of ice. The chief of NSW police Andrew Scipione says Australia should consider a national summit or taskforce to tackle the rampant use and manufacture of ice, while drug policy experts say a national strategy needs to be a joint effort between law enforcement, government services and health workers.
Citing James Pitts from Odyssey House in NSW and LeeJenn's Nicole Lee
Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars but the number of alcohol-related injuries in Kings Cross has declined since the city's 1.30am lockout was introduced, according to submissions made to a parliamentary inquiry.
A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]
A good insight into the cumulative impact of the defunding of public health bodies in Australia. Service providers (like us) can do some advocacy, but our main focus will always be on our consumers. Removing bodies like the ANPHA is an effective way to prevent co-ordinated (and potentially critical) public health advocacy.
A government panel has made mroe than 50 recommendations to help tackle Victoria's methamphetamine epidemic, including expansion of the drug court, and a police operation to stem supply of the drug from south-east Asia.
First coverage of the Parliamentary Ice Inquiry report, tabled this morning. More to follow
The descent into ice addiction is a highway to hell for addicts and their loved ones.
By Matt Noffs, CEO of the Ted Noffs Foundation. Good to hear the voice of a real person and see a challenge to the 'all ice use destroys lives' line that dominates our media coverage. We know that there are many people who use it recreationally, without becoming dependent. If we ignore this, we limit the potential effectiveness of harm reduction programs, treatment services and community education campaigns.
The drug and alcohol sector in Victoria is undergoing a major change that will streamline the way drug-users access services. But there are concerns the new system doesn't allow enough time to engage with Aboriginal drug users in a culturally sensitive way, and there are calls for a culturally-specific rehabilitation facility in Geelong.
It's up to all of us involved in the Victorian AOD reforms to make sure that we continue to develop respectful and long-term relationships with Aboriginal communities to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of our services for Aboriginal people.
A tough new law comes into force today that will see violent drunks banned from licensed premises for two years. Attorney-General, Robert Clark, said the new law would help deter and prevent alcohol-fuelled violence and keep streets and licensed venues safer for young people and others who want to have an enjoyable night out.
Media release from Vic Attorney-General, Robert Clark.
In the wake of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), UnitingCare ReGen’s Donna Ribton-Turner says the taboos surrounding deaths from alcohol and other drug overdose magnify the burden for grieving families and increase the risk for all of us. She looks at how we are improving, or not, with public awareness through the media coverage [...]
Our piece for International Overdose Awareness Day. A little late, but still very relevant.
DRUG dealers and criminals will be barred from living in public housing under a radical planned shake-up following an extraordinary tribunal decision to allow a convicted crack lord to remain in his taxpayer-funded apartment.