Joint Media Release
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash17 January 2014
Assistant Minister for Health
Louise Markus MP
Member for Macquarie
Women in the Blue Mountains will have better access to drug and alcohol treatment programs as a result of additional funding being provided by the Australian Government.
Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, said today the Government would provide immediate additional funding to the Blue Mountains Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, to help it to meet increased demand.
“The recent devastating bushfires have impacted heavily on many Blue Mountains people,” Senator Nash said.
Member for Macquarie Louise Markus MP welcomed the additional funding.
“Some of the impacts of the bushfires cannot be measured in financial terms,” Mrs Markus said. “Many women need assistance to deal with personal problems that have compounded as a result of the tragic fires.”
Senator Nash said the Government would provide an additional $65,000 this financial year to the recovery service and an additional $130,000 in 2014-15.
“This funding will allow the service to provide timely help to more women through their quality group treatment programs,” Senator Nash said.
“The additional funding represents an increase of more than 35 per cent this financial year and more than 70 per cent next financial year.”
The Blue Mountains Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service provides a range of services for women with co-existing drug, alcohol and mental health issues.
It delivers a day program for women in the Blue Mountains who have limited access to other services and is particularly suited to people who are unable to attend residential treatment due to family commitments.
“The Government is committed to supporting drug and alcohol treatment organisations which assist individuals and their families managing substance misuse,” Senator Nash said.
Minister's Office, Carolyn Martin on 0417 966 328
Louise Markus MP, Rebekah Faith on 0400 794 966