19 May 2017

Funding certainty for drug and alcohol treatment service

I am delighted to announce that the Salvation Army Bridgelink Women’s Alcohol and Drug Supported Accommodation Service for the Barwon South West region in Belmont will receive $99,830 in funding from the Turnbull Government.

Bridgelink is a wonderful program which offers support to women aged 18 or over with drug and/or alcohol related issues who want to make positive changes in their lifestyle.

This funding, which will be distributed through Western Victoria Primary Health Network, will ensure that this valuable service can continue into the future.

The Turnbull Government will continue to support drug and alcohol treatment services across Australia with funding of more than $75m a year.

Across Australia, around 150 groups which provide direct drug and alcohol treatment and support services will be given guaranteed funding for another two years until 30 June 2019.

This includes services such as drop-in centres which provide counselling and information, withdrawal management and rehabilitation clinics.

This is in addition to the National Ice Action Strategy Funding of $241.5m for drug and alcohol treatment currently being rolled out.

The funding further strengthens the Turnbull Government’s efforts to make sure people seeking help are able to access services in their community, provided by a range of organisations and tailored to local needs.

For more information about the Government’s Drug and Alcohol Program, visit www.health.gov.au

17 May 2017