Re-Establishment of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service in Moree

The Australian Government is supporting much-needed drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Moree.

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Joint Media Release


The Hon Nigel Scullion MP
Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Assistant Minister for Health
Senator for New South Wales
Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate


The Australian Government is supporting much-needed drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Moree. Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, visited the service today with local member, Mark Coulton.

Senator Nash confirmed that funding has been approved by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, of $3 million over two years to re-establish the Moree Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation Service.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, recently announced that under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, 964 organisations would be funded to deliver 1297 projects to Indigenous people and communities throughout Australia.

“The $3 million in funding provided by the Commonwealth for this service under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy demonstrates our commitment to supporting services promote individual and community wellbeing and reduce substance abuse in the Moree region,” Minister Scullion said.

“Having spoken with local drug and alcohol service providers, as well as many Moree community members I understand the importance of a service such as this in Moree. The concern on the ground in this town about the effects of alcohol and illicit drugs, including ice, are very real,” Minister Nash said.

This funding will be provided to the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Services and St Vincent de Paul Consortium to deliver culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Moree.

“I acknowledge the strong role played by Aboriginal organisations like Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Services and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Resource Council in delivering community wellbeing and substance abuse services in the Moree region,” Minister Scullion said.

“I also thank the local member, Mr Mark Coulton MP, in championing the service and congratulate him on his success in securing this funding for his region.”

The aim of the service is to promote individual and community wellbeing and reduce substance abuse in the Moree region. The consortium, recognised as a leading Aboriginal owned and controlled health service, will deliver culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Moree.

“Minimising the harm associated with alcohol and other drug misuse to individuals, families and communities is an important priority for the Government,” Minister Nash and Minister Scullion said.

The service will provide a 12 week intensive residential rehabilitation programme for up to 18 clients at a time, four female and 14 male.

“The Coalition Government understands the importance of support for rehabilitation. Treatment services provide a vital function in getting people off drugs and alcohol and being able to again contribute to society,” Minister Nash said.

Minister Nash also announced yesterday that alcohol and drug treatment organisations which receive funding from the Australian Government will have their funding extended until 30 June 2016.

“The Coalition Government understands the importance of support for rehabilitation. Treatment services provide a vital function in getting people off drugs and alcohol and being able to again contribute to society,” Minister Nash said.

These recent announcements demonstrate the Government’s recognition of the importance of drug and alcohol rehabilitation for clients, families and the communities.

Media Contacts:
Minister Nash's Office - 02 6277 7440
Minister Scullion’s Office - 02 6277 7780

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