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.