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Support service as rehabilitation follow-up

Date posted: 18 September 2017

A new program in Western Australia's (WA) Kimberley region aims to provide rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who use substances, with a $1 million Commonwealth grant to support the initiative.

People returning to their homes and families after residential treatment need active support and follow-up to have the best chance of a sustained recovery, and the funding aims to provide that level of care.

Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, said the program would support people recovering from mental illness and drug and alcohol dependence.

'Once people have finished live-in rehabilitation programs, there is often a fragile balance between maintaining their new lifestyle and relapsing in the days, weeks, months and years ahead,' Minister Wyatt said.

WA Primary Health Alliance has commissioned Milliya Rumurra Aboriginal Corporation in Broome to lead the service in partnership with Ngnowar Aewah Aboriginal Corporation in Wyndham.

Source: The West Australian

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Last updated: 26 September 2017
 
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