New alcohol and drug counselling services will soon be available for individuals and families affected by the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs across Central Queensland. Riaz Ahmed, Central Queensland Senior Manager for Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN said the new services would enhance local support for people who needed help.

“These services are committed to providing support to individuals and families who are affected by the
harmful use of substances such as methamphetamine. “Through our community engagement and local planning we have identified a need for improved access to the services our community needs at a local level. “We are pleased to be able to announce the commissioning of Lives Lived Well and Drug ARM to deliver counselling, case management and support to individuals and families across our region. “The work of these service providers will greatly enhance the capacity of existing services in the local area.”

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said they welcomed the extra funding which would allow them to
increase their drug and alcohol support to the communities of Central Queensland. “Many of the people who seek our support in the region, covering Rockhampton, Gladstone and Biloela, are experiencing problems with methamphetamine (ice). By expanding our team, we will be able to help even more people and families being impacted by ice, alcohol and other drugs. “While ice is a focus, our counsellors are trained to work with people who have problems with any kind of drug, including alcohol, and can offer care and support for a range of needs, from mild to complex,” Mr Giles said.

Drug ARM CEO Jody Wright said, “We are so pleased to be working in partnership with Lives Lived Well and the Central Queensland PHN to increase access to services for people with alcohol and other drug issues living in rural and remote communities. Our new flexible delivery partnership allows for telephone, online and in-person counselling across the Central Queensland region. Where before your ability to get to an appointment determined whether you could access services, now people who have limited access to transport or health services in general can receive the treatment they need,” Ms Wright said.

Lives Lived Well will deliver free counselling, case management and support for people who are struggling with the problematic use of drugs and alcohol in Rockhampton and Gladstone areas as well as the Livingstone and Banana Shires.

People who are thinking of addressing their use of alcohol and other drugs, can contact the Central
Intake Services for Lives Lived Well on 1300 727 957.