Thursday, April 18, 2024

Provider engaged for Aboriginal drug withdrawal service

Wunan has been engaged to deliver the first-of-its-kind Aboriginal community-controlled low medical withdrawal service in Kununurra, Western Australia.

The service will provide the local Kimberley community with a safe place to withdraw from alcohol and other drugs, and stabilise before receiving further treatment.

It will also provide treatment options to support people experiencing co-occurring issues with alcohol and other drugs, and mental health.

“This first-of-its-kind low medical withdrawal service in the Kimberley will provide support to local people with alcohol and other drug issues,” said WA Health Minister, Amber-Jade Sanderson (pictured).

“A safe, culturally appropriate and secure place to receive treatment is vital to support people’s recovery from issues with alcohol and other drugs, and their mental health.”  

The establishment of the low medical withdrawal service in the Kimberley will address an existing gap in services, as identified in theĀ Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025, the Minister said.

“This unique service will provide treatment options to support people with alcohol and other drug problems in Kununurra,” said Kimberley MLA, Divinia D’Anna.

“Specialist alcohol and other drug community treatment services in rural and regional areas are essential to support the needs of local communities.”

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