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Grant to Tasmania for community services for mental health, alcoholism and drug dependence



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USTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH,

·. DR D.N. EVERINGHAM

GRANT TO TASMANIA FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR MENTAL HEALTH,

ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG DEPENDENCE

. The Minister for Health, Dr D.N. Everingham, has proposed that the

Tasmanian Government receive $3 65,0OO in 1973/7*+ to finance community services

in the areas of mental health, alcoholism and drug dependence.

The Federal Government has allocated $7.5 million in each of the two

years 1973/7*+ and . 197*+/75 for a national program for these services. The

legislation to establish the plan has yet to be passed by Federal Parliament.

Under the plan, the States will be helped with the capital costs of

approved additional community based facilities and services, including both day

centre and hostel facilities. Grants will also be made, usually through State

authorities, to voluntary organisations involved In these fields and, under

certain conditions, direct to local government. '

Dr Everingham said that the Tasmanian Government*e plans for developing

its mental health program initially placed emphasis on the recruitment and

training of staff, although funds would also be used for the further development

of the program through the purchase of vehicles and premises. .

In the Greater Hobart area, the money will be used for the creation

of a pilot community mental health scheme. Three clinics will be provided

throughout the area. During 1973/7*+ a total of $75»000 will be provided for

the employment of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nursing sisters

and other staff. A further $106,000 will be provided for the purchase,

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conversion, furnishing and equipping of buildings for clinics and purchasing

vehicles for the service. Similar community services will also.be developed

at Wynyard, Devonport and Launceston.

Another Hobart project within the program will be the creation of

a youth and adolescent service to eventually serve the whole of the State.

A total of S371Q00 will be available from the Federal Government.for the

employment of a psychiatrist, a psychologist, two social workers and other

staff and for operating costs for the service. A further S 3 0 0 0 will be

provided for the purchase of premises, their equipment and furnishings and

for vehicles.

. Another important project in the overall Tasmanian plan is the

establishment of a community forensic service for the State. This service

will deal with alcohol and drug referrals from the courts where therapy and

rehabilitation are required. The Federal grant will help the Tasmanian

Government to appoint staff for the service.

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Canberra, October 29, 1973 Dept. N o . γβ