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New alcohol and drug support service launched in Townsville

Date posted: 1 March 2018

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN), in collaboration with The Salvation Army, recently launched a new alcohol and drugs support service to help manage and reduce substance addiction across the Townsville region in Queensland.

The Withdrawal Management Program has been developed in close consultation with local residents in response to the need for community-based withdrawal and rehabilitation services in the Townsville Hospital and Health Service region.

Lieutenant Brad Whittle, Centre Manager for Recovery Service Townsville, said the Withdrawal Management Program fulfils an essential place within the matrix of drug and alcohol services and supports in Townsville. 

'It provides an opportunity for people to access support at a critical moment when they need it most, and makes it possible for them to engage in the pathway towards ongoing health and wholeness, free from addiction,' he said.

'The Salvation Army is grateful to the NQPHN for helping to make the need for this essential service a reality.'

Therese Cotter, NQPHN General Manager (Townsville), said the program targets the adult population who are better supported by community-based outreach withdrawal services, and involves carers and family members in treatment with client consent.

'Drug addiction can affect anybody, and can have a major impact on not just the individual, but also on their families and the broader community,' said Ms Cotter.

'It is imperative we work closely with the community and providers to identify the needs of our region, and plan the necessary responsive client focused services in close collaboration with providers, patients, their families, and support networks.'

'This innovative program focuses on community-based outreach withdrawal services, making it distinct and more accessible than residential rehabilitation.'

Source: Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN)


Last updated: 1 March 2018
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