03 May 2016

Federal Budget delivers $1.5m for Foundation 61’s Women’s Rehabilitation Clinic

Sarah Henderson, Federal Member for Corangamite, has tonight announced that the Turnbull Government will deliver $1.5m for capital works for a new Foundation 61 Women’s Rehabilitation Facility as part of the 2016/17 Budget.

“For many months, I have been campaigning for funding for long term rehabilitation beds for our region including more funding for Foundation 61,” Ms Henderson said.  I am delighted the Turnbull Government has delivered this desperately needed funding.”

“Foundation 61 is leading the way in cost-effective, life changing drug and alcohol rehabilitation, particularly for ice addicts,” she said. “There is no doubt there is an urgent need for more long term rehab beds, including for women.”

“I want to congratulate Foundation 61 and its Program Director Rob Lytzki.   In building our region’s first live-in Women’s Rehabilitation Facility, Foundation 61 has worked so hard to realise its vision.”

Less contingency funds of $150,000, Foundation 61 is seeking $1.515m to purchase land and construct the facility.

“This budget allocation will turn Foundation 61’s dream into a reality.”

“I also want to thank the many members of our community who have worked so hard to combat ice addiction including those who attended the Geelong Region Ice Summit which I convened in June 2015 with Minister Fiona Nash. The summit was a very important opportunity for our community not only to have its say but also to provide feedback directly to the National Ice Taskforce.  I wish to also thank Superintendent Daryl Clifton and local ice action campaigner Snr Sgt Tony Francis.”

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash said it was important to note this funding was additional to the $4.052m which the Western Victoria Primary Healthcare Network, headquartered in Geelong, will receive over three years to fund additional drug and alcohol services as part of our National Ice Action Strategy. Locally, the Western Victoria Primary Health Care Network (Western Victoria PHN) is one of 31 PHNs to share in $241.5m (announced on 6 December 2015 as part of our $300m ice action plan over four years to combat crystal methamphetamine which will be used to fund additional drug and alcohol treatment services.

“It’s fantastic to be able to deliver this important funding which makes a real difference in people’s lives,” Minister Nash said.

“I saw first-hand the effect ice was having on Geelong when, along with Ms Henderson, I spoke at the Geelong Advertiser’s Geelong Region Ice Summit last year.”

“It’s important mums and dads have somewhere to take their loved ones who need help, and it’s important those people can access help to get off this drug. To smash the drug dealer’s business model, we need to smash demand, and helping people get off ice reduces demand for this vile drug.”

Ms Henderson said she wanted to acknowledge the very important support of Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Nash for their wonderful support of Foundation 61’s aspirations.

3 May 2016