WRAD is part of a new $1.6 million alcohol and other drug treatment program services in Wannon to tackle misuse issues.
The Western Victoria Primary Health Network has commissioned WRAD; Uniting Care Ballarat and Grampians Community Health to deliver brief intervention counselling services.
Funded under the Turnbull Government’s National Ice Action Strategy, $1.6 million will be provided to the Western Victorian Primary Health Network,.
These services will help people who have been identified by their GPs, non-government organisations and emergency services as being at risk of developing drug or alcohol problems, as well as family or friends who have been impacted by someone else’s misuse issues.
They will be assessed and offered a number of counselling sessions – an opportunity to talk to someone about their issues or concerns at a very early stage and develop a way forward.
These services fill an identified gap in drug and alcohol services in this region, and each provider has worked closely with local communities, including GPs, to co-design programs that meet the specific needs of the communities they service.
It’s another clear demonstration of the benefits of moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to alcohol and other drug treatment services.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said he commended the service providers and the Western Victoria PHN for taking such an innovative and evidence-based approach to the problem.
The brief intervention services will operate from 1 May and finish on 30 June 2018, with an evaluation to run concurrently to assess the outcomes of the programs.
The Australian Government provides funding to Primary Health Networks to lead health service planning at a regional level, and commission innovative and locally-focused services that best meet the specific health needs of individuals and communities.
This approach puts the individual at the centre of health care and will deliver better health outcomes for people with or at risk of alcohol and drug misuse.