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Toowoomba's Carbal Medical Centre to tackle ice use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Date posted: 7 July 2015

The Carbal Medical Centre in Toowoomba, in southern Queensland, has announced a 12 month plan to help tackle use of the drug ice in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities.

It held a meeting with key stakeholders to discuss the growing problem and wants to develop a culturally appropriate schools and community-based prevention and early intervention program that directly targets the use of methamphetamines.

Chief Executive Officer, Brian Hewitt, said a reference group of experts and community leaders would be established to develop the program framework and content.

'So actually being able to determine the extent and the significance of the problem is, in a quantifiable data sense, is not so important to our strategy going forward as it is to actually address it now before it does get any more extensive.'

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Last updated: 6 July 2015
 
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