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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Illawarra's Indigenous alcohol detox program an Australian first

Wollongong has become the host site for the country's first in-home detox program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with an alcohol dependency.

Developed by the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service, the program is being run as a trial to exist outside of mainstream services.

The program is tailored to meet the needs of Aboriginal Australians and aims to close the gap in the provision of alcohol withdrawal management.

The Coordinator of Drug and Alcohol Services, Leanne Lawrence, said the program offers both medical and emotional support to patients.

Ms Lawrence said patients feel more comfortable addressing the issue in their own home, however the setting makes it harder to fight the addiction. 'So that's why we do the two support visits so people feel supported and given strategies to help overcome that urge to go and have a drink,' Ms Lawrence said.

The programs permanency in the Illawarra will be decided in October 2014.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Last updated: 6 March 2014
 
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