Ministerial Statement Inhalant Substance Abuse
Tabled Paper 493
Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Denis Burke
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7 Life Education The health component of school curricula Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Substance Misuse Program funded by ttie Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services. Care for Juveniles - School program at Don Dale THSs Health Promotion Program Central Australian Alcohol & Other Drugs Services There are also posters and information packages such as Brain Story from my department. The fourth objective is to co-ordinate services in order to maximise the effectiveness of all these existing and proposed programs and services. This is the key to the whole strategy. We need to bring some order and co ordination to the many programs and services that are endeavouring to address the problems of inhalant substance abuse. We need to recognise the programs that are working successfully and those that are not. We need to develop new programs and services. In order to achieve this the Government is putting in place a high-level committee comprising the Chief Executive Officers of Territory Health Services, the Department of Housing and Local Government, the Department of Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, Treasury, Department of the Chief Minister and the Office of Aboriginal Development. It will be chaired by the CEO of my department Peter Plummer. Its immediate task will be to identify just how much is being expended on these programs across all agencies - government and non-government - and what other sources of funds could be used. It will identify the existing programs and services that are consistent with the Governments planned strategy and those that are not and will recommend new programs. It will pay particular attention to the differing needs of inhalant abusers in rural and urban areas with particular emphasis on the problem in Alice Springs. And it will implement a regional plan of co-ordination of all relevant agencies including appointing a senior accountable officer to take responsibility for the co ordination in each area. The officer could be a THS regional director, or the senior police officer in the area, or come from the Education Department or OAD or some other agency. It will be the right person for the right place irrespective of which agency they work for. Such an approach emphasises again that this is a whole of government response to the issue.
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