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14 Dec. 2018

Media Release: Funding Boost Needed for Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Services to Meet Demand

MEDIA RELEASE

14 December 2018

FUNDING BOOST NEEDED FOR ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS TREATMENT SERVICES TO MEET DEMAND

If Australia’s alcohol and other drugs treatment system is to meet community demand for services, it requires a funding boost of at least $1 billion per year.

Every year 200,000 to 500,000 Australians are unable to access alcohol or other drugs treatment.

“People deserve access to the right kind of care, at the right place, at the right time,” said Larry Pierce, spokesperson for The State and Territory Alcohol and other Drugs Peaks Network (the Network).

“We’re calling on all governments to invest in alcohol and other drugs treatment and support to deliver better outcomes for hundreds of thousands of Australians and their families.”

This investment must also be accompanied by improved planning and coordination across the system, and increased investment in service and workforce capability.

“We need a national, systematic approach to increasing investment in alcohol and other drugs services in order to provide, not only more treatment, but more diverse treatment options,” said Mr Pierce.

The Network is part of a broader group of health and welfare organisations that have come together to call on governments to ensure that people in need are able to access treatment and support.

 

Media contact: The Network contact is Larry Pierce, CEO NADA

Telephone: 0411 747 106

Email: larry@nada.org.au


The State and Territory Alcohol and other Drugs Peaks Network (the Network) represents over 400 members that provide treatment, harm reduction, prevention and support services in Australia.

Our vision is for an Australian community with the lowest possible levels of alcohol and other drug related harm, as a result of the alcohol, tobacco and other drug sector’s evidence-informed prevention, treatment and harm reduction policies and services.