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Comprehensive package announced to tackle ice use

Date posted: 7 December 2015

In response to the findings released recently by the National ice taskforce, the Commonwealth Government has developed a comprehensive package to combat ice (methamphetamine) across five key areas.

The Final report of the National ice taskforce 2015 found that ice use in Australia is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted response. The taskforce noted that Australian families, communities and frontline workers are struggling with the fallout from a growing number of dependent ice users. The report recommends that action taken needs to be smarter, more coordinated, and more targeted in efforts to reduce the supply and demand of ice. It acknowledges the critical role of law enforcement efforts, but makes the case that tackling this issue must also include education, training and better access to treatment and services.

To support the new package, around $300m in new funding is being provided, which includes an additional $285.2 million over four years to support community action, the delivery of further treatment services and improvements in research and data collection. This also includes an additional $13 million to support Addiction Medical Specialists through the introduction of new items on the Medicare benefits schedule. The five focus areas of the package are:

The measures from the package will form part of the new National ice action strategy, and are in addition to the current funding allocation of up to $310m for treatment services.

Source: Department of Health

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Last updated: 7 December 2015
 
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