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YOUNG West Australians struggling with drug and alcohol abuse will benefit from a community grant given to UWA.
Commonwealth Bank staff awarded $9600 to the ThrivingDAYS program, which is part of the WA Drug and Alcohol Youth Services (DAYS) program.
In partnership with the UWA Exercise and Performance Centre, the program is designed to support the physical and mental health of youth undergoing treatment for substance-use disorders, and the role of exercise within drug and alcohol programs.
UWA exercise physiologist lec- turer and head researcher for the program Bonnie Furzer said exercise implemented in adults with substance-use disorders had demonstrated benefits, but youth services were severely under-serviced in WA.
“Substance-use disorders are a common mental health disorder experienced by young people, with 12.7 per cent of Australian youths estimated to have a substance-use disorder,” she said.
“Youth taking part in substance-use disorder residential treatment programs are significantly at-risk for short and longterm impacts on health, which may be exacerbated by inactivity.”
Commonwealth Bank gave five organisations in the western suburbs grants, with Paediatric Nursing Services, EDGE Employment, Princess Margaret Hospital and Kalparrin also receiving grants of up to $10,000 each.
Commonwealth Bank WA area manager Karen Reid said the organisations were committed to the wellbeing of young Australians.
“It’s a great source of pride for our staff and the Commonwealth Bank to support so many worthy programs through these grants,” she said.
UWA exercise physiologists Bonnie Furzer and Alissa More.