New drug and alcohol support service for Aboriginal people in Yass

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COORDINARE today announced that Marathon Health will be funded to provide a new drug and alcohol support service for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Yass and surrounding areas.

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today announced that Marathon Health will be funded to provide a new drug and alcohol support service for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Yass and surrounding areas.

According to Dianne Kitcher, CEO of South Eastern NSW PHN, consultation was undertaken with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait community including Elders to understand the key priority support needs, and identify gaps in available services.

“A range of issues were identified, however all agreed that young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Yass are isolated, both from each other but also in being able to access to non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community and services,” said Ms Kitcher.

“They also voiced concern that the young people in the community are trying to deal with the challenges of poor mental health and alcohol abuse.”

Marathon Health has been contracted by South Eastern NSW PHN until 30 June 2020 to design a fit-for purpose alcohol and other drug model of care for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region.

“They have employed a young Ngunnawal woman, Tara, as the care coordinator to help connect and engage local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with services including alcohol and other drug treatment supports, and social and emotional well-being services.”

Tara said: “At the heart of the Linked program is a well-being plan for families and persons affected by alcoholism and drug addiction, which helps them to determine their own health and well-being priorities.”

The service recently commenced operations three days per week, Monday to Wednesday offering a drop in service from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, and also by appointment as required outside the drop in times. Anyone interested can contact Marathon Health on 0408 916 756 or email linked@marathonhealth.com.au.

This service is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the PHN Program.