New Consortium Introduces Community-based Treatment Program

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013
A new consortium of south-west Victorian drug and alcohol agencies aims to help people take the right path through new therapeutic counselling services. The `Right Path Consortium’ involves the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD), Glenelg South Grampians Drug Treatment Services and Colac Area Health.

The consortium has welcomed $554,291 funding for a pilot project from the State Government for a new community-based treatment program which creates five new positions.

It is the first time the three agencies have come together to successfully apply for funding for a joint project.  It is also the first program of its type in rural Victoria. The program will introduce a range of clinical counselling and support interventions to reduce drug use and related harm, and maintain therapeutic change.

The service will be available to people experiencing alcohol and other drug addiction problems and co-occuring mental health conditions as well as other complex issues affecting their lives.

It will involve clinicians based in Warrnambool, Portland and Colac, a psychologist and team leader based in Warrnambool and shared across the three services.  The lead agency in the consortium is WRAD and its Director Geoff Soma said the funding provided a boost to local services.


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