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Certain Indigenous communities will receive extra funding under the government's Breaking the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse in Indigenous communities initiative. A share in $20 million in funding will be allocated to four community regions around Australia, in order to develop strategies addressing substance use.
The funding, to be delivered over three years, will aid communities to work with government and non-profit organisations to develop and implement alcohol and substance abuse management plans. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the Breaking the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse in Indigenous communities initiative delivers on the government's election commitment to address the harm caused by substance use through local, community led solutions.
These locally driven initiatives could include prevention activities and health education for young people, linking people with support services, providing assistance to pregnant women and new mothers, and working with local businesses about alcohol supply issues. The funding will also help communities to work with local service providers to deliver support services such as education and skills training, prevention programs, referral services and harm minimisation measures.
The locations that will share in the funding are:
Source: Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra ACT 2600