The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has said Victorian families affected by ice can now access a new, specialised education program as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $45.5 million Ice Action Plan.
Mr Nardella said:
I welcome the government’s commitment in its attempts to educate the community on the devastating effect of our ICE epidemic. I encourage residents to attend either of these local workshops.
Workshops run by Turning Point, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) and the Bouverie Centre will include:
- Melton – Friday, 27 November 2015 from 1-00PM – 5.00PM @ Melton Library, 31 McKenzie St, Melton.
- Bacchus Marsh – Sunday, 6 December 2015 from 1.00PM – 5.00PM @ The Laurels, 229 Main St, Bacchus Marsh
For more information on the workshops or to register your interest, call 1800 ICE ADVICE or visit www.turningpoint.org.au/education/breakthrough
Breakthrough: ice education for families will help Victorians to recognise when a family member has a problem with ice, encourage the affected person to get treatment and support them through their recovery.
Turning Point, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) and the Bouverie Centre developed the program and will deliver it to more than 1000 Victorians.
More workshops will be scheduled across the State for 2016.
Victoria’s Ice Action Plan is investing $4.7 million to support families affected by ice. This involves $1.48 million for new family ice education and $3.2 million for 16 community health services across Victoria to expand family support services.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley said:
“Too many families are dealing with the devastating effects of ice. This innovative education program will provide them with the knowledge and skills to look after themselves and support their loved ones through treatment.”
“We know that a strong, supportive family can make all the difference for people struggling with ice addiction. That’s why the Ice Action Plan is investing $4.7 million to support families, particularly in regional areas where we know ice has hit hard.”
Director Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Dan Lubman said:
“This is a great opportunity for three major state-wide services to work collaboratively to reduce the harms associated with ice use in our community.”
“This program aims to provide an insight into what ice is, how it affects people and how to support family members into treatment. We will also provide practical approaches in caring for a family member who might be using ice.”