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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 projects for particular groups of students. These have included the Australian Institute of Sport drug offensive coaching clinics and the Sports Exce 11 ence Program wh i ch inc 1 udes a 1 coho 1 and other drug education and the misuse of drugs in sport. I turn now to some community programs. Community alcohol and drug education and information needs are being met through the drug offensive programs of. the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse. National media campaigns are complemented by Territory specific projects coordinated by the Health Promotions Unit of the Department of Health and Community Services. Recent highlights were the organisation of the Top Health Fair and participation in the Austral ian Institute of Sport drug offensive sports coaching clinics for young Territory athletes. Both these activities included education and information on alcohol. Information on alcohol and drugs is provided through the Northern Territory Drug Information Centre located at the Drug and A 1 coho 1 Bureau vi a Hea lthworks at the Casuari na Shopping Centre, and health promotion services in other regions. The Royal Darwin Hospital provides a comprehensive range of treatment services, including the Early Intervention and Drug Assessment Unit, an 8-bed residential treatment unit and a 12-bed detoxification unit. The early intervention unit assesses hospital in-patients for potential alcohol and other drug prob 1 ems and provi des short-term cCiunse 11 i ng or referral for treatment. The treatment unit provides a short-term residential program for persons experiencing more severe difficulties with alcohol while the Detoxifi Cqt i on Uni t provi des a supervi sed envi ronment to ass i st peop 1 e wi th alcohol withdrawal and other medical and social needs. In Alice Springs, treatment servi ces are provi ded through the Dependency Resource Serv ices. In addition to providing assessment, counsell ing and information services for individuals and famHies affected by alcohol problems, this unit has the role ofdeve lop i ng more effective alcohol intervention services in the Alice Springs and Barkly region. Recent ly, a survey of pat i ents admi tted to the Ali ce Spri ngs Hospital was conducted to establish the nature and extent of their drinking prob1 ems. Th i s survey wi 11 be used as a bas is for the' deve 1 opment of an appropriate range of' alcohol services within the Alice Springs Hospital. The training of doctors, drug and alcohol workers .and all ied health profess i ona 1 s has been undertaken through workshops conducted in Darwi nand Alice Springs by Australian and overseas specialists in the addiction field. While other Territory hospitals do not have specialist alcohol services, patient needs are assessed and .provided on a case-by-case basis. A Terri tory-wide pol icy for hospital-based treatment of 'a 1 coho 1 and drug problems is currently in preparation. An important aspect of this policy's development is the provision of access to appropriate treatment of alcohol and. drug prob 1 ems for all Terri tori ans. ','f' I I woil 1 d now. 1 ike to: dea 1 wi th the commun i ty grants program. The government has had a long-standing commitment to support community agencies to provi de drug and alcohol servi ces. Drug and a 1 coho 1 prob 1 ems are community problems and are best responded to at that level. Funding from the community grants program is being provided to the following organisations: the Darwin' and District Alcohol and Drug Dependence Foundation, for the provision of assessment, counselling and education including a drink driving program and the provision of support services, including a half-way house for cl ients discharged from hospital treatment; FORWAARD,i an Aboriginal community organisation, to provide a residential alcohol treatment program for Aborigines; and Catholic Missions, for a program at Daly Ri ver to support the res i dent i a 1 component of the A 1 coho 1 9955