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The Murdi Paaki drug and alcohol network (MPDAN) is a partnership between The Lyndon Community, Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, Bourke Aboriginal Health Service, Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service in New South Wales (NSW). Each partner receives recurrent funding from Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet under a Council of Australian Governments initiative to reduce the harm done by alcohol and other drugs to Aboriginal communities in the region.
The MPDANs hub in Orange focuses on improving access to specialist drug and alcohol knowledge and support to existing primary health care services. They provide evidence-informed and culturally appropriate health promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment and care to Aboriginal people through workforce development, capacity building and community development strategies.
The Murdi Paaki region covers almost one third of NSW along the Murray Darling Basin in the north and west. More than 8,700 Aboriginal people live in the region, in towns such as Broken Hill, Bourke and Walgett and in some of the more remote and isolated Aboriginal communities in NSW such as Brewarrina.
Abstract adapted from Lyndon Community
Murdi Paaki drug and alcohol network
Moonya Cottage (#7)
Bloomfield Campus, Forest Road
Orange NSW 2800
PO Box 9374
Orange East NSW 2800
Ph: (02) 6361 2300
Fax: (02) 6361 7400