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Substance Use - Combating Petrol Sniffing
What it doesThe Petrol Sniffing Prevention Program (PSPP) seeks to reduce the harms associated with petrol sniffing by:
- subsidising low aromatic fuel for rollout to specific regions;
- informing the public about low aromatic fuel and petrol sniffing prevention through communication and education strategies;
- providing advice around treatment and rehabilitation for petrol sniffers;
- collecting data; and
- program evaluation.
The 2010-11 budget measure – Expanding the Supply and Uptake of Opal Fuel provided $38.5 million to expand the fuel production, storage and distribution of low aromatic fuel in northern Australia. The total commitment to support the rollout of low aromatic fuel has increased funding to $115.86m over five years from 2011-12.
A small proportion of the funding assists with implementing a communications strategy to support the roll out of low aromatic fuel to both new and existing sites receiving low aromatic fuel and the establishment of a surveillance system to collect data on the impact of low aromatic fuel and the broader Petrol Sniffing Strategy.
The PSPP is managed by the Department of Health and Ageing.
What it achievesIt aims to reduce the prevalence and impact of petrol sniffing in regional and remote communities.
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