Federal member for Forde, Bert Van Manen MP, opened a new drug and alcohol treatment centre in Beenleigh for people wanting to overcome substance misuse and to break the cycle of alcohol and drug dependence on March 7, 2017.
Mr van Manen said the Government understood when it came to combating substance abuse, local knowledge was best.
“The Coalition Government is investing around $300 million over four years to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention, support and community engagement to tackle ice,” Mr van Manen said.
“That is why our local Primary Health Network has worked effectively with the community to determine what form of treatment will be most effective.”
Brisbane South PHN (BSPHN) CEO Ms Sue Scheinpflug said that the launch of the new centre was an important stepping stone for those recovering from drug and alcohol dependence.
“Brisbane’s southern suburbs are among the highest users of drugs such as methamphetamines in the state,” said Ms Scheinpflug, “that is why it is of the utmost importance that these fully funded services are made available to provide solutions for those in most need.”
The new centre in Beenleigh will be run by Lives Lived Well, who together with the Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN), will provide services such as counselling, post rehabilitation support and relapse prevention.
In addition, the Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA) the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drugs treatment sector in Queensland has also been contracted to the reduce barriers and issues facing clients in Brisbane South through the sharing of information and expertise across service partners.
Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles thanked BSPHN for allocating funds for this new service, boosting alcohol and drug support in the region.
“We look forward to partnering with QuIHN in delivering these services to people in need across the Brisbane South region.
“Our free and professional community-based support includes tailored alcohol and drug counselling, case management, day programs and post rehabilitation support,” Mr Giles said.
QuIHN CEO, Geoff Manu, said that this new service will have a huge impact on local communities and take the burden off an already stretched system.
“We are focussed on delivering AOD services within the communities’ people reside, closer to their homes, and not relying on individuals having to travel to us for services.”
The new Beenleigh Service Hub is located at 94 George Street Beenleigh.
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