Date published: 
11 September 2020
Media type: 
Media release
General public

Adults and young people across Townsville and the region will have increased access to drug and alcohol treatment services as a result of an Australian Government investment of more than $6 million in the Salvation Army rehabilitation and detox centre.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, and Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson OAM, welcomed the opening of the expanded residential rehabilitation and detox facility in Townsville today.

“The misuse of alcohol and other drugs is a serious health concern across Australia,” Minister Hunt said.

“Making sure people have access to the help and support they need with the misuse of alcohol and drugs where and when they need it, is an Australian Government priority.

“Since 2018, the Government has committed more than $800 million to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on individuals, families and communities through our Drug and Alcohol Program.

“The Salvation Army’s track record helping people recover from addiction and reach their full potential is a tribute to its practical support and compassionate care.

“The newly expanded facility has capacity for 10 patients as well as additional inpatient drug and alcohol treatment services.”

Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson OAM, said alcohol, cannabis and methamphetamine use in North Queensland is a problem not only for the person affected, but for their family, friends and the wider community.

“The Salvation Army residential rehabilitation and detox facility is one we’re very fortunate to have on our doorstep,” Mr Thompson said.

“This means that people who reach out for help and support can get it right here in their own community, and that’s more likely to lead to a better outcome.

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to take this action to address the significant demand for appropriate drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Townsville.

“There’s no magic bullet to beat addiction, but with the experience and expertise of the Salvation Army, many people will be able to take their first steps toward a stronger, healthier future.”

While state and territory governments are the primary funders of drug and alcohol treatment services, the Australian Government continues to invest significant funding for these services.

About $433 million is being invested in Primary Health Networks to commission locally-based treatment services in line with community needs. This includes $82.8 million for Indigenous-specific services.

Nearly $142 million in funding goes to services with a national and state-wide intake, such as residential rehabilitation services. This funding also includes important leadership activities to build capacity and quality within the sector.

If you want to speak to someone today please call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline for free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs on 1800 250 015.

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