New officer to aid drug treatment
The Pilbara’s only residential rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol treatment has been given a boost through funding for a new position to support people through the treatment process.
Yaandina Family Centre’s 20-bed Turner River Rehabilitation Centre, 20km south of South Hedland, has been awarded about $180,000 in government funding for the creation of an Aboriginal liaison and advocacy officer position who can help people complete the detox program and assist them in combating addiction.
The officer will be appointed for an 18-month trial basis and may become permanent after that time.
Yaandina chief executive Nick Furnivall said the centre had requested the new position to help support clients throughout the rehabilitation process.
“The position keeps the clients in the loop with both pre-and postdrug and alcohol care,” he said.
“When people come out of Turner River, they are in themselves ready to go back out into the community.
“The ALO simply makes sure that person is supported by whichever drug and alcohol agencies are around.”
The position is being funded as part of the Federal Government’s National Ice Action Strategy, part of which includes $20 million over three years to fund new WA alcohol and drug treatment services, and is being delivered by the Country WA Primary Health Network.
Country WA PHN general manager Linda Richardson said she envisioned the new position would build on the good foundation of the existing program and improve access for Aboriginal people.
“(Yaandina’s) drug and alcohol support program addresses addictive behaviours, reducing harm to individuals and families and assists people to develop healthy lifestyle skills,” she said.
Yaandina is funded through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and has a primary focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal people.
The funding has been assigned from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.