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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 Awareness and Family Recovery Program for Aborigines from remote communities throughout the Northern Territory. The Daly River Institute has also been granted funds from the Commonwealth National Campaign Against Drug Abuse to develop a program for the children who attend the institute. The community grants program also provides funds to: the Salvation Army, to provide ares identi a 1 treatment program and outpatient counsell i ng services; the Katherine Alcohol and Drug Association, for the provision of counselling and educational services in the Katherine region; and, Kalano Community Association, for the provision of an alcohol treatment program for Aboriginal communities in Katherine. Support is also being given, through the Drug and Alcohol Bureau, to assist the East Arnhem Substance Abuse Advisory Committee. This committee involves community leaders from all major communities in eastern Arnhem Land for the purpose of mutual support and to explore community mechanisms to prevent problems resulting from alcohol, petrol sniffing and kava abuse. An outstanding achievement of community agencies has been the management of sobering-up shelters in the Northern Territory. This task has been undertaken by community groups at the request of the government. Shelters exist currently in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. Public drunkenness is a significant problem in the Territory and the shelters, in cooperation with the police, are providing a successful program for the reduction of public drunkenness and the problems associated with it. The health and welfare of the work force is of paramount importance. The problems experi enced by workers can affect both product i vi ty and thei r personal and family lives. These problems frequently involve alcohol and other drugs. Funding is now provided to the Northern Territory Employee Assistance Service under both the community grants and the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Programs for the provision of employee assistance programs throughout the Northern Territory. A position has been established in Alice Springs to provide an improved service to the southern region of the Northern Territory. The total allocation for drug and alcohol programs. in 1989-90 was $3.696m. That represents $18 per man, woman and child in the Northern Territory. That compares with, for instance, $3.60 per man, woman and child in New South Wales. Per capita, we are spending 3 to 4 times what the states are spending and that is hardly a small effort. In the 1990-91 financial year, the Department of Health and Community Services will allocate funds for the establishment of 2 important new services. A grant of $150 000 will be made to the Alice Springs region, under the community grants program, for community-based alcohol prevention and rehabil i tat i on programs. An all ocat i on of $240 000 will be made for the operating costs and equipping of a new sobering-up shelter in Darwin. It is expected that construction will commence in the latter part of this year. The shelter will be opened in the first half of 1991. Commencement of the Darwin shelter will complete the major development phase of the shelter program in the Northern Territory. A review of the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Program in the Northern Territory was undertaken; As a result, the following changes have been made in order to enhance the program. Additional funds have been allocated to the Department of Education for the appointment of a drug educator in Alice Springs to enhance the school-based drug education program in the Alice and Barkly regions. Funds have been allocated to the Northern 9956