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Labor delivering a new drug and alcohol support service & new kits to fight blinding eye desease.



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Campaign Media Release

MEMBER FOR LINGIARI

MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH, RURAL AND REGIONAL HEALTH AND REGIONAL SERVICES DELIVERY

LABOR DELIVERING A NEW DRUG AND ALCOHOL SUPPORT SERVICE & NEW KITS TO FIGHT BLINDING EYE DISEASE

The Minister for Indigenous Health and Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, visited Katherine today to announce funding to establish a service to help people return to their communities after undergoing alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment.

The Gillard Labor Government is providing $1 million to the Kalano Community Association Incorporated to purchase a residential property in Katherine to accommodate a transitional aftercare service, and a further $400,000 to run the service.

Warren Snowdon said the innovative service will help people from the Katherine region make the transition back into their communities after undergoing residential alcohol rehabilitation.

“Importantly, it will help people find stability and prevent relapses, giving people a better quality of life where they can spend more time with their family.

“It is important that people in the region who have been through rehabilitation should get therapy plus social and lifestyle support to help them readapt to life in their own communities,” Warren Snowdon said.

The support provided will consist of referrals to appropriate services, access to medical treatment, life skills activities, and access to employment and educational training.

Kalano currently has 20 beds and offers services to men and women over the age of 18 years who have been impacted by substance misuse.

Warren Snowdon also launched new kits to help eliminate a blinding eye disease in Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory.

The ‘Trachoma story kits’ will be delivered to more than 100 Territory communities to tackle trachoma, a bacterial eye infection that is contagious and can cause blindness.

The kits have been developed by the Katherine West Health Board, the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Eye Health Unit and the Northern Territory Government’s Centre for Disease Control.

“I am very pleased to lend my support, because these are impressive and important resources. These Trachoma Story Kits have been developed to share the message that clean faces are important to improve eye health and eliminate trachoma.

“The Kits will increase awareness and understanding of trachoma, and will show the steps that everyone can take towards eliminating the disease through early detection and treatment,” Warren Snowdon said.

The Gillard Labor Government is committed to eliminating trachoma and has invested more than $16 million to address endemic trachoma in Aboriginal communities in the

Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia.

The former Coalition Government neglected the issue, providing just $1.12 million between 2005 and 30 June 2009 for trachoma control.

Funding for this commitment is already included in the Budget.

KATHERINE 05 AUGUST 2010

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