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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Application lodged for Indigenous substance use rehabilitation facility in Canberra

A development application for a substance use rehabilitation facility for Indigenous people has been lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority.

The application for the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm outlines plans for an eight-bed alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation facility near Tharwa. The ACT government, after committing $5.8 million in capital funding to the facility's construction, purchased a working farm in the area - a location chosen due to cultural requirements, and its proximity to a hospital.

The rehabilitation facility will treat Indigenous residents with addiction problems by reconnecting them with their land and culture. The ACT Health Directorate executive director of policy and government relations, Ross O'Donoghue, said the facility would be a step forward for Indigenous health services in the capital.

'Typically these services are modelled on more Western ideologies,' Mr O'Donoghue said. 'This is actually a slightly more serious attempt at using Aboriginal culture as a core element of the program.'

Mr O'Donoghue said work on the project was scheduled to commence in October if the application was successful and there were no delays associated with election periods. He said the facility wasn't expected to be operational until late 2013.

Source: The Canberra times

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