Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can soon access holistic alcohol and other drug treatment service

Monday, 21 June 2021

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, plus their families, living in south east Melbourne will soon be able to access a range of evidence-informed treatment interventions to help minimise the harms associated with alcohol and other substance abuse.

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) is pleased to partner with Star Health to deliver Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) and Wellbeing Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across the lifespan.

SEMPHN currently has around 9,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in south east Melbourne.

A review conducted of the south eastern catchment found that young Aboriginal people demonstrated higher rates of risky alcohol and drug use, compared to non-Aboriginal young people (DHHS and PwC).

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (2016), tobacco, alcohol and other drugs were identified as key risk factors contributing to the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Access to health services has continued to be a major contributor to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Commencing soon, this free AOD and Wellbeing Service will aim to provide increased access to culturally appropriate drug and alcohol treatment and will connect individuals to broader indigenous health support services including mental health services.

Once the service commences, referrals can be made by calling  Star Health on 1800 229 263.

For more information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services commissioned by SEMPHN, click here.

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