Many ways for anyone to contact treatment program
WESTERN Sydney Health District has secured $1.6 million to help fight the ice epidemic in the region over the next four years.
Health district drug health director Nghi Phung (pictured) said $400,000 a year would go into launch- ing a Stimulant Treatment Program that would provide people with a comprehensive range of services.
“We are seeing the necessity of engaging family carers and friends to improve care outcomes,” Dr Phung said.
“Some people don’t want their family to be involved so we have to respect their privacy and confidentiality, but the family members need support as well so we will always provide conversations for them.
“It is important that they know what to do.”
Dr Phung said anyone could gain access to the program.
“We uphold the idea of no wrong door. We have a centralised intake line they can call or, if they know where we are, they can come and find us,” she said.
“If there was an emergency or a crisis we have a 24/7 on-call specialist where we can admit through emergency into hospital if need be.”