- Refurbishments are underway for new low-medical drug withdrawal service in Midland
- Perth-based Aboriginal-owned Marawar Building Services awarded construction tender
Refurbishments are underway for the new community Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention Centre located in Midland.
Perth-based Aboriginal-owned enterprise Marawar Building Services was awarded the construction contract in October and has started work on site.
The service will provide a safe program over an extended period of up to 21 days during which consumers' medical, psychological and social needs can be assessed. Staff will work with consumers to develop individualised treatments and plans.
The service will work assertively to support a client's transition to ongoing treatment and support according to their individual needs. Support via brief intervention, education and/or referral will be available for the families and significant others of clients accessing the service.
The new service is anticipated to commence operations in March this year. Once completed the six-bed facility is expected to support up to 117 people per year.
The initiative is a response to recommendations made by the Methamphetamine Action Plan
Taskforce Report that proposed alternative approaches to help reduce the demand, harm and supply of drugs throughout the community.
The report also proposed a holistic approach to alcohol and drug addiction involving individuals, families, the community and governments.
It has been partly funded through the State Government's WA Recovery Plan to help drive economic and social recovery across the State and has a total budget of $7.2 million over four years.
Specialist community-based alcohol and drug treatment provider Cyrenian House has been awarded the contract to operate the service.
There are Community Alcohol and Drug Services available to support people experiencing issues with alcohol and drug use across the State.
Visit http://www.myservices.org.au to find your local service or call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 08 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country).
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"I am pleased that the refurbishments are on schedule so that we are on track to start operations soon, providing additional support to individuals, families and the community.
"We are all aware of the devastating effects methamphetamine and other drugs can have on individuals, families and communities.
"This new service is much needed. It will work with individuals, their families and the community to put them on the road towards creating happier and healthier Western Australians."
Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts:
"I am pleased this much needed new community Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention service is underway in Midland.
"It will work with individuals, their families and the community to put them on the road towards creating happier and healthier Western Australians."
Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw:
"So very often, people experiencing crises arising from drug and alcohol use need support close to home. It's also important to keep families and communities safe.
"This facility will provide vital access to alternative forms of treatment for people experiencing periods of instability, enabling access to immediate assistance and follow-up support.
"It's great to see the North East corridor receive the services and facilities we need and deserve."
Minister's office - 6552 6500