Date published: 
8 April 2019
Media type: 
Media release
General public

A drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation program specifically for women and run by the people behind one of Australia’s most successful Aboriginal service providers is set to become a reality.

The Liberal National Government has announced The Glen, based on the NSW Central Coast, will receive a total of $9 million in funding, including $4.5 million to build the new facility and $1.5 million per annum for three years for operational costs.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the Government is committed to supporting Australian communities in their fight against substance abuse.

“It is absolutely critical that in today’s society everybody has access to the services they want and need,” Minister Hunt said.

“Programs like this give young people direction, focus and a glimpse into what is possible if they make good choices.”

“I am delighted to announce that as a result of our strong economy, a Liberal National Government will build a rehabilitation centre specific to the needs of Indigenous women and one that is culturally appropriate.”

“We are also providing $4.5 million over three years to ensure the service will be operational,”

The Glen services the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and the Greater Sydney region and with more than 20 years of experience in the rehabilitation field, it has a history of providing high quality drug and alcohol treatment services.

Minister Hunt said, “Data has shown that over the past two decades, the drug and alcohol problems for Aboriginal women have been consistently growing.”

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP has advocated strongly for the new service for women after developing a close relationship with the Glen Centre.

“I am beyond excited to be able to announce this incredible funding which will go such a long way towards helping women who might otherwise end up in prison or worse,” Mrs Wicks said.

“Over the past 12 months I have worked closely with The Glen to ensure this project would become a reality.”

“I am proud to be part of a government that recognises this funding is an investment, not an expense. This type service will keep women out of prison and keep children with their mothers. It was long overdue.”

The feasibility study was supported by a consultation process involving over 400 women, including Indigenous Elders, and more than 40 organisations from community groups, peak bodies, and research and service providers.

“I have visited the Glen many times and I am absolutely confident that a holistic service specifically for women will deliver the same successful outcomes as achieved currently by the male service,” Mrs Wicks said.

Liberal candidate for Dobell, Jilly Pilon said she had no doubt this new service, to be operated by The Glen (Men), will have the same success as The Glen currently does for its male clients.

“I am always so impressed by The Glen whenever I visit and I fully support this much-needed facility to provide assistance to both indigenous and non-indigenous women with addictions.”

The Liberal National Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.