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Women-drug programs

(Question No 321)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

In relation to the ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Strategy 2004-08, how will access be improved to current programs for young women in Quamby and women in the Belconnen Remand Centre.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Government has begun to implement a range of initiatives under the ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Strategy 2004-2008 including:

    • creation of 100 additional subsidised places in the methadone and buprenorphine program;
    • establishment of a trial of vending machines for dispensing needles and syringes in the ACT, which will provide 24 hour access to sterile injecting equipment;
    • increasing and improving support for peer based models of service delivery, support and advocacy, and community development;
    • strengthening training programs across the drug and alcohol sector;
    • identifying and implementing successful school alcohol and drug peer education programs;
    • targeting the illegal supply of tobacco to minors and testing whether tobacco retailers are complying with legislation;
    • employing two outreach workers to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people who have both a mental illness and substance abuse problems; and
    • conducting a feasibility study into establishing a bush healing farm to provide culturally appropriate prevention, education, rehabilitation and outreach programs for with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people.

In addition to these actions, priority has also been given to assessing the appropriateness of current access to case management services for all clients of alcohol and drug services with complex needs. A review is currently being completed to identify and assess case management models being used with clients with alcohol and drug problems interstate and with what results. Further work will then be undertaken to assess the strengths and weaknesses of case management services in the ACT and a possible pilot will be undertaken to evaluate a new model/s for the ACT. Whilst the scope of the work will focus on all alcohol and drug clients with complex needs, the special needs of those in Quamby and the Belconnen Remand Centre will be considered within this broader context.


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