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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander health sector welcomes COAG Ice action

Date posted: 28 July 2015

Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body has strongly welcomed the recently released COAG communique on the National ice action strategy.

‘Our communities across Australia are being challenged daily from increased use of this drug and we are pleased that COAG has recognized the urgency of a response,’ said Sandy Gillies from the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC). ‘We need a comprehensive national strategy to deal with rising rates of Ice use and I think the communique and its ‘six areas of action’ indicates that COAG has got the priorities right.'

'These six areas mirror the key priorities determined by QAIHC in a document we provided to the Queensland Government some weeks ago,’ she said. QAIHC’s Ice options paper identified the following key priorities:

Ms Gillies said the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health sector and residential rehabilitation services are best placed to develop and implement local initiatives with the committed support of Government and key stakeholders.

‘In Queensland anecdotal evidence suggests that in some places methamphetamine use is ripping our communities apart. Our local communities and community-controlled health sector and residential rehabilitation service members, need support and opportunities to partner with government and non-government organisations in order to be proactive and to get on top of this issue before it grows any larger.’

QAIHC is organising a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ice roundtable on 11 September in Brisbane to further develop a state-wide response to growing Ice use and its effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. Ms Gillies said the roundtable will identify local community initiatives which contribute to evidence and address the harmful effects of Ice.

Frontline Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, state and federal politicians, the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health and specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers will be invited to participate and provide input towards a robust and inclusive state wide response.

Source: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Contacts

Alastair Harris
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) Communications
Ph: 0409 658 177

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Last updated: 29 July 2015
 
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