Many ways for any­one to con­tact treat­ment pro­gram

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

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.”

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