Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Training for frontline workers facing meth users

    25/09/2016 10:00 AM
    • Training and support for 450 frontline workers to improve fight against meth

    The Liberal National Government has expanded training and support for frontline workers who deal with methamphetamine-affected people as part of their day-to-day duties.


    Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell today announced new frontline worker training and resources to better equip drug and alcohol workers as part of the State Government's $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy.


    "This is vital training that will boost the capacity of the workforce to reduce the harm created by meth," Ms Mitchell said.


    "The Mental Health Commission will train 450 frontline workers in Perth and regional areas in how to recognise and respond appropriately to meth-affected people, including how to de-escalate a crisis, keeping the user, the public and themselves safe."


    The training is free, delivered by people with specialist knowledge of meth and available to individuals and organisations.


    "The commission has received increased requests for such training from volunteer organisations, council rangers, security guards and paramedics," the Minister said.


    "Also, at this time of year, leading into the music festival season and school leavers celebrations, the commission expects to see an increase in festival and event organisers seeking training.


    "The training and support resources are relevant for people working in drug and alcohol and mental health services, police, corrections, hospital emergency departments, primary health care, child protection and social services."


    Training will be delivered in Perth and regional centres across the State.


    The Liberal National Government's $14.9 million Meth Strategy includes a Meth Helpline, 60 dedicated withdrawal and rehabilitation beds, specialist meth clinic, expanded school drug education and frontline nurses in emergency departments.


    Fact File

    • The package includes an audio-visual resource and trainer's guide, tip sheets for workers and wallet cards for users
    • To access training, contact 08 6553 0600 or email DAO.Education@mhc.wa.gov.au
    • For information, counselling and support, phone the Meth Helpline on 1800 874 878

    Minister's office - 6552 5400


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