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Substance misuse services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
What it doesThe Australian Government is changing the way that Indigenous programmes are delivered, through the implementation of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The Government is committed to getting children to school, adults into work and making communities safe. Substance misuse of any kind contributes to poor outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
To address these issues, the Government is committed to restricting access to harmful substances, minimising harm, and providing rehabilitation and treatment services. Australian Government funding is provided by the Department of Health and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Under the Safety and Wellbeing Programme of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy:
- Across Australia, $68.4 million in 2014-15 has been provided for Indigenous alcohol and other drug treatment services such as residential rehabilitation, counselling, referral, transitional aftercare and sobering up shelters.
- The Government has been successful in tackling petrol sniffing in targeted areas by replacing unleaded fuel with low aromatic unleaded fuel, with $28.5m committed in 2014-15.
- Through Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, the Australian Government provides support to combat the harm caused by alcohol and other substance abuse.
- The Government is also providing support through Night Patrol services to assist people at risk of causing or becoming the victims of harm through provision of safe transportation, referral to information and services, and/or early intervention to prevent disorder in communities.