Num­ber crunch

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The ex­tra $298.2m (over four years) for the Na­tional Ice Strat­egy will strengthen re­sponses across ed­u­ca­tion, pre­ven­tion, treat­ment, sup­port and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and in­cludes:

$241.5m in ad­di­tional fund­ing for primary health net­works to com­mis­sion fur­ther al­co­hol and other drug treat­ment ser­vices to meet lo­cal need, with a fo­cus on cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate main­stream ser­vices and in­clud­ing in­dige­nous-spe­cific ser­vices;·

$24.9m to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties to de­liver lo­cally-based and tai­lored ice pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties (this in­cludes fund­ing for the Com­mu­nity Drug Ac­tion Teams and the Good Sports Pro­gramme);

$13m to in­tro­duce new Medi­care Ben­e­fits Sched­ule items for ad­dic­tion medicine spe­cial­ists from Novem­ber 1;

$10.7m to sup­port clin­i­cal re­search into new treat­ment op­tions, train­ing of pro­fes­sion­als and eval­u­at­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of clin­i­cal care for those us­ing metham­phetamines, which in­cludes a new Cen­tre for Clin­i­cal Ex­cel­lence re­search body; and,

$8.1m to more broadly im­prove data sources on emerg­ing trends in ice and other il­licit drug use pat­terns, treat­ment op­tions and early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of newly emerg­ing drug threats.

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