SNPHN announces $1.7 million in funding to new local alcohol and other drug services

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) is pleased to announce three local service providers will receive Federal funding to provide new services to support people in the region in need of alcohol and other drug treatment services.

SNPHN Board Chair, Dr Magdalen Campbell, said the new funding of $1.7 million will increase capacity of local service providers to meet demand for alcohol and other drug services, including ice rehabilitation services. The funding for local services is part of the Government’s response to the National Ice Taskforce report.

“These new services will support some of our most vulnerable community members to access programs and treatment to enable their recovery. This includes our youth, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community,” said Dr Magdalen Campbell, SNPHN Board Chair.

SNPHN worked with the alcohol and other drug sector, including service users and peak bodies, to understand and plan the services required in Northern Sydney. Following a procurement process involving stakeholder and consumer representation on our Evaluation Panels, three organisations have been selected to deliver new services across the Northern Sydney region.

“The first commissioned service is a partnership between Odyssey House McGrath Foundation and New Horizons, which will deliver a psychological counselling and rehabilitation day program for adults across the region,” said Dr Campbell.

“The second service is Manly Drug Education and Counselling Centre, which will provide a support program for young people aged 16-25 years across the region, who are experiencing moderate to severe drug and alcohol addiction, including ice.

“Finally, ACON will deliver specialist alcohol and other drug treatment services to LGBTI community members.

“We will work with GPs and the wider health sector to improve access to much-needed services and promote a smoother journey for community members through their recovery,” said Dr Campbell.

SNPHN will also work closely with the contracted organisations to support the delivery of high quality, safe services that meet the needs of the northern Sydney region.

“We would like to congratulate these three service providers on their successful tender applications and we look forward to working together to achieve better health and better care in the region”, concluded Dr Campbell.

These services will be launched from April 2017.