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A partnership between leading health and welfare providers in Bendigo, Victoria is working to strengthen community resilience against drugs. Bendigo Community Health Services, the City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria Police, Youth Support and Advocacy Services, Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative, Bendigo Health, St Luke's and The Salvation Army are leading a community campaign to make Bendigo a healthier place.
The focus will not be on any particular drug with the partnership recognising various drugs go 'in and out of fashion'. Instead, the emphasis will be on positive community messages of education, prevention and information about drugs.
Bendigo Community Health Services, Chief Executive Officer Kim Sykes recently spoke to the Bendigo Advertiser on behalf of the partnership. 'The people involved in this are very keen not just to focus on the one drug,' she said. 'It's about strengthening positive altitudes around alcohol and drugs, around minimising the chance of somebody getting into trouble. It's education, prevention, information about drugs and empowering behaviours that reject against drugs.'
The partnership is organising a community forum for later this month.
Source: Bendigo Advertiser