$200,000 For Community Based Mental Health & AoD Healing Garden

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Monday, 6 June 2016
A new healing garden and meeting room at Portland District Health will provide a safe and inclusive space for people battling alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems.

A new healing garden and meeting room at Portland District Health will provide a safe and inclusive space for people battling alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems.

PDH has received $200,000 from the Victorian Government for the project as part of its funding for community-based mental health and alcohol and drug facilities.

The new space will include an Aboriginal healing garden and a dining and family meeting room.

CEO Chris Giles said the new outdoor-indoor space would enhance access and social inclusion for a diverse group of clients and their families.

In announcing the $200,000 funding, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said it would enhance the provision of quality healthcare for people experiencing alcohol or other drug dependence and those at risk of relapse.

It will ensure equitable access in a culturally safe and responsive environment, Ms Tierney said.

The facilities will help Portland District Health to improve facilities for consumers, carers, staff and visitors.

The funding is part of $5million awarded by the Victorian Government to 36 community services to support community-based mental health and AOD treatment facilities.

Ms Giles said the new inclusive space would provide an area for inpatients and outpatients and their families to socialise, eat a meal together or to contemplate the garden.

"It's a form of therapeutic intervention in a client-centred area, she said.

Ms Giles said the space was aimed at a diverse group of clients, particularly people with AOD issues. We want to create a sense of inclusiveness and social connection and to make sure people don't feel segregated, she added.

Over the past eight months PDH's AOD, psychology and social worker services provided nearly 2000 hours of counselling services.

During 2013-2015 a total of 1381 AOD clients received counselling support.


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