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The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) today released a report identifying the areas of greatest need to address harmful Indigenous alcohol and other drug use. The report provides a snapshot of expenditure in 2006/2007 to allow comparisons with a similar report commissioned by the ANCD in 1999/2000.
A major finding from this study is the increase in levels of one-off funding that has resulted in a high turnover in both the programs available and the organisations delivering them. The report states that there are real disparities between the size of Indigenous populations and the levels of funding and services they receive.
Professor Ted Wilkes, NIDAC Chair, stresses the need for adequate funding and services addressing alcohol and other drug problems in urban areas. Professor Dennis Gray, an author of the report, says priority should be given to the provision of community-based ongoing care services for the various needs of women, families, young people, those suffering from co-morbid mental health problems, and those who have completed treatment.
NIDAC strongly endorsed the recommendation for all levels of government to re-commit themselves to the principle of Indigenous community-control of service provision.
Professor Ted Wilkes concluded that this report is important evidence to guide all governments, "...the strategic allocation of funding can effectively make a real difference in reducing harmful Indigenous drug and alcohol use and its associated harm".
National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee
PO Box 205
Canberra 2608 ACT
Ph: (02) 6166 9600
Fax: (02) 6162 2611