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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d458312

UWA ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gists Bon­nie Furzer and Alissa More.

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