Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Colac AOD Funding

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:51): My question is to the Minister for Health. My matter relates to specialist funding for Colac Area Health alcohol and other drug services. Since 2011 when healthcare reforms changed the way that regional health centres are funded, Colac Area Health has been worse off. Further, due to the state recommissioning of AOD services in 2014, funding has again been stretched. Colac Area Health are hoping to expand their team of drug and alcohol specialists, and therefore they are offering a prevention program. Specifically they are hoping to have a new AOD specialist to conduct alternative therapies that have proved to be very effective, such as nature therapy. Ideally this would also cover some funding towards commercial cleaning of a client’s home or a one off payment of a client’s pharmacy bill to ensure that they can get access to their medications when living independently. These are small but cost-effective ways of making sure AOD programs are maximised in terms of their success rate. My question is: will the government explore funding opportunities for specialists to assist those affected by alcohol and other drug addiction in the Colac area?


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