The Victorian Government will provide $3.2 million over four years to community health services across the state to expand support services for families affected by ice, as part of the Ice Action Plan.

Sixteen community health services – one from each drug treatment catchment – will expand counselling, peer support and group based therapies for families and supporters of people affected by ice and other drugs.

The 16 services to each receive $200,000 over four years are:

Drug treatment catchment Community health provider
Bayside Inner South Community Health Service
South East Melbourne EACH Social and Community Health
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Peninsula Health (community health)
Inner North Melbourne Cohealth
North Melbourne Darebin Community Health
North West Melbourne Djerriwarrh Community Health
South West Melbourne Cohealth
Eastern Melbourne EACH Social and Community Health
Inner East Melbourne Inner East Community Health Service and Monashlink
Gippsland Bass Coast Health
Goulburn Valley Primary Care Connect
Hume Gateway Health
Loddon-Mallee Bendigo Community Health
Grampians Ballarat Community Health
Great South Coast South West Healthcare
Barwon Barwon Health

 

Services will start in October and provide families with practical strategies for setting boundaries, dealing with conflict, building resilience and taking care of themselves and others. They will complement existing family support services, such as Family Drug Help, which provides both a phone line and peer support groups.

The expanded support services will also complement a new education program being developed as part of the Ice Action Plan, to help families and community members to recognise when someone is using ice, and how to respond.

This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s $4.7 million investment to support families affected by ice and other drugs.