Fleurieu a winner in $20 million boost to drug and alcohol treatment services in SA

11 Mar 2019

Alcohol and drug treatment services on the Fleurieu Peninsula have received a significant boost with local services providers sharing in $1.483 million of funding in the Liberal National Government’s $20 million for alcohol and drug treatment in regional South Australia.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer welcomed the Government’s response to increasing demand for more mental health services in Mayo.

“Alcohol and other drugs are significant factors in the mental health sector on the Fleurieu Peninsula and it’s important local service providers have the resources to treat people,” Ms Downer said.

“This funding will improve the capacity of Fleurieu organisations to help people dealing with substance abuse, which affects not only individuals but whole families and communities.

“This is great news. Services on the Fleurieu are doing a great job but demand on their capacity is increasing. Methamphetamine use in regional South Australia, for example, is well above the national average and country communities have struggled with its impact here in Mayo and across the State.”

Funding recipients working on the Fleurieu Peninsula include:

  • Mission Australia: $971,000 for youth-focused case management, prevention and an early intervention pilot;
  • Baptist Care (SA) Incorporated: $375,000 for residential rehabilitation services;
  • Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd: $125,000 for workforce development, training and capacity building; and
  • SA Network of Drug and Alcohol Services: $12,000 for workforce development, training and capacity building.

Ms Downer said the Liberal National Government had undertaken consultation with alcohol and rug treatment service providers to determine and address service gaps in their regions.

“I’ve worked closely with the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, to ensure Mayo’s priority mental health needs are met,” she said. “It’s been great to work with a Government investing more than $723 million in the national Drug and Alcohol Program.”

For free confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.