Midland help for meth issues
READ IT FIRST ONLINE AT MIDLAND hospital will have more help with drug- affected patients in an effort to ease the pressure inside emergency departments from January onwards.
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said six nurses would provide the WA service across hospitals in an attempt to reduce methamphetamine use and direct people to the new Meth Helpline.
The other hospitals to benefit are Armadale- Kelmscott, Royal Perth, Rockingham and Bunbury, and Joondalup and Peel health campuses.
“The specialist nurses will provide screening, assessment and intervention, as well as support to other hospital staff responding to complex meth- related cases,” Ms Mitchell said.
“They will also support meth users and their families to connect with treatment options and train other medical staff, to build longterm capacity in the workforce to respond to patients with drug and alcohol problems.”
The Government expanded its new Meth Helpline after more than 1,200 callers sought help in the first 10 weeks of operation.
“Calls have included users who had stopped using and wanted help to keep off meth, users who wanted help to stop using and family and friends who wanted to help people close to them affected by meth,” Ms Mitchell said.
Health Minister John Day said the additional nursing support would lessen the stress in emergency departments.
The Meth Helpline 1800 874 878 is free, confidential and anonymous.