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24 Apr. 2020

$6 million funding boost in telephone and online counselling for people who use alcohol and other drugs

The Australian Government has announced a $6 million boost to telephone and online counselling for people who use alcohol and other drugs.

The increase in those seeking help or advice during the COVID-19 pandemic for alcohol or other drug use is expected to rise sharply over the next months.

"The funding will be provided urgently to allow online and phone counselling, and information services to meet additional demand caused by isolation and social distancing measures,” Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

The funding will be given to organisations including the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which will use $2 million to fund an awareness campaign "...to help people recognise when their drinking may be problematic," Alcohol and Drug Foundation chief executive Erin Lalor told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Apps such as Hello Sunday Morning will also receive funding to bolster their online service.