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Additional case management services for First Australians in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens

Date posted: 9 August 2017

Wandiyali is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation which provides case management services in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens, New South Wales (NSW) with a focus on supporting families impacted by drug and alcohol misuse.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that the NSW organisation would receive funding to provide case management services through until 30 June 2019. The services are made available through a Federal grant of $330,848.

'Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government and this investment will enable Wandiyali to provide additional support to people who need it the most,' Minister Scullion said.

Federal Senator for New South Wales, John Williams, said he hoped the funding would mean the lives of many would be improved as it could be the helping hand they need. The Senator added that while it was not a quick fix, programmes like these were vital.

Wandiyali Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CEO, Steve Kilroy, said that funding would enable Wandiyali to continue serving communities in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens areas.

'Wandiyali is appreciative of the Coalition’s understanding of the devastating effects that drugs and alcohol misuse can play in the lives of Indigenous people. This commitment by the Government will secure Wandiyali’s ability, over the next two years, to support our communities via two full-time dedicated caseworkers. These caseworkers will work intensely with Indigenous families experiencing difficulties and hardships related to issues surrounding drugs and alcohol misuse. The overarching goal of this programme is to support Indigenous people to achieve greater outcomes for themselves, their families and their community,' said Mr Kilroy.

Source: Australian Government


Last updated: 9 August 2017
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