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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Early wins for Alcohol Mandatory Treatment

More than 100 problem drinkers have been referred to the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) system in its first quarter of operation in the Northern Territory.

In another success, the Federal Coalition Government has confirmed it will transfer income management powers to the AMT Tribunal, supporting welfare quarantining for problem drinkers.

Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation, Robyn Lambley, said the Alcohol mandatory treatment act came into effect on 1 July this year with the first patient admitted to an assessment service on 12 July. 'In the first three months, 101 people have been taken from the revolving door of police protective custody and referred to our mandatory treatment system - a remarkable achievement. Assessment and treatment services are operating in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Alice Springs with 61 people undergoing treatment at the end of the first quarter. The remaining 40 people are at varying stages of the system including assessment, aftercare or have been given release orders. Already, the system is helping people clear the fog of alcoholism and supporting them to change their lives,' Mrs Lambley said.

Source: Northern Territory Government Newsroom

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Last updated: 17 October 2013
 
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