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Community forums in NSW to look at youth diversion services and drug rehabilitation services

Date posted: 13 November 2017

The Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) (NSW/ACT) is hosting a series of community forums to assess the adequacy of youth diversion programs and the provision of alcohol and other drug (AOD) rehabilitation services in regional, rural and remote communities in New South Wales (NSW).

Nine forums will be held across the state between 20 November and 13 December 2017.

ALS Chief Executive Officer, Lesley Turner, said it would use feedback from the forums in submissions to the State Government, which is holding separate Parliamentary enquiries into these two issues, aimed at keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people out of jail and providing more AOD rehabilitation services.

'The ALS maintains that community designed and community led solutions are fundamental to our ongoing campaign of reducing the alarming rate of Aboriginal incarceration,' said Mr Turner. 'We're urging members of the community to come along to our forums and have a say on whether youth diversion programs and drug rehabilitation programs are effective in keeping our Aboriginal kids out of jail and our communities healthy.'

The full list of locations and dates for the forums are:

For further information about the forums, please contact the ALS (NSW/ACT) via the contact details below, or refer to their Facebook page in the links below.

Source: Daily Liberal, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)


Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
199 Regent Street
Redfern NSW 2016
Ph: (02) 8303 6600


Last updated: 2 March 2018
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