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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (3 August) . . Page.. 3338..


MR WOOD (continuing):

pharmacotherapy treatments, and to develop and implement a case-management framework with protocols made within the alcohol and drug sector and across sectors.

$560,000 over four years was provided for two dual-diagnosis outreach workers to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The funds will enable an outreach service to be established to assist people who have both a mental illness and substance abuse problems. Funding was provided to conduct a feasibility study into establishing a bush healing farm. The farm could target improved health outcomes for indigenous people by developing the most culturally appropriate prevention, education, rehabilitation and outreach programs to address drug and alcohol misuse within those communities.

The government made a commitment formally to respond to the draft strategy, and this response has taken the form of the ACT alcohol, tobacco and drug strategy that I have now tabled. The strategy outlines actions that the government will, in partnership with the community and non-government organisations, work to implement over the next four years. We have also made a commitment to establish a group to oversee the implementation of the strategy. Terms of reference and membership of the group are also tabled here today.

It gives me great pleasure to present this document to the Assembly. I thank members of the ACT alcohol and other drug task force, their constituents and members of the public who contributed to the development of the drug strategy. The government is committed to reducing the harm associated with the misuse of alcohol and other drugs and I look forward to a better future for those affected by alcohol and other drug misuse.

Papers

Mr Wood presented the following papers, which were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting:

Calvary Public Hospital-Information Bulletin-Patient Activity Data-External Distribution-June 2004.

The Canberra Hospital-Information Bulletin-Patient Activity Data-June 2004.

Mr Wood presented the following papers:

Mental Health ACT-

Response to recommendations on the Community and Health Complaints Commissioner, Mr K Patterson Report: The investigation into risk of harm to clients of mental health services, dated June 2004.

Response to recommendations on the Ms K LaRoche and Mr R Mann Report: The review of the design and operational practice in the Psychiatric Services Unit, The Canberra Hospital-Progress report, dated July 2004.

Mr Quinlan presented the following paper:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 216A-Schedules-Leases granted, together with lease variations and change of use charges for the period 1 April to 30 June 2004.


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