$61 Million Boost for Drug Treatment

As the problem of ice use continues to be a problem for communities across Australia, the Liberal-Nationals government is investing $61 million to ensure those who need help have access to treatment.

Page last updated: 05 February 2019

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The Minister for Regional Services, Bridget McKenzie, today announced funding of $61 million so Primary Health Networks across Australia can continue to commission treatment services.

“To date, the National Ice Action Strategy has successfully delivered more than 400 treatment services across Australia – based on the needs of local communities,” Minister McKenzie said.

“Individuals, families and communities can be hit hard by someone’s substance misuse – its effects are felt deeply and can continue for years.

“Today’s multimillion dollar funding boost will save and improve lives devastated by drugs including ice.

“We are committed to making sure people are able to access appropriate treatment support when and where they need it.

“The Primary Health Networks commission targeted treatment services based on local needs and priorities in their community and this $61 million boost means the networks can continue their great work.”

This funding forms part of the broader treatment funding under the National Ice Action Strategy providing $241.5 million for Primary Health Networks to commission additional drug and alcohol treatment services to meet local need.

For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs treatment services, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.

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