ICE TREATMENT PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN NORTHERN NSW
Assistant Minister for Health Pru Goward was joined by Member for Lismore Thomas George to launch the Stimulant Treatment Program (STP) for Northern NSW to help fight Ice addiction in the region.
Operating as a hub-and-spoke model and co-located with local drug and alcohol services based in Lismore, the highly effective, specialised program will service the hotspots of Tweed, Casino, Grafton, Ballina and surrounding areas.
Ms Goward said $1.2 million, over four years, will be directed to STP-related services with clinical nurse specialists at several locations in Northern NSW.
“This service will provide in-reach to emergency departments, assertive follow-up, case management, counselling and psychosocial interventions to reduce repeat presentations to emergency departments,” Ms Goward said.
“The NSW Government is committed to tackling the scourge of Ice and supporting users to overcome their addiction long term – no matter where they live.”
The STP workers will work in partnership with the Primary Health Network, to provide comprehensive community support, including community awareness and education programs.
Mr George said it was important to ensure people in Lismore and surrounding areas were not prevented from seeking help due to their distance.
“This new STP is good news for locals who need to access highly effective drug and alcohol treatment programs and services as well as appropriate follow up, and ultimately improve health outcomes,” Mr George said.
Investment in treatment and improved recognition and management of people struggling with Ice will mean more co-ordinated, better targeted care for users.