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Drug treatment and rehabilitation services



The Victorian Government has invested $18 million so 500 more Victorians can access therapeutic day rehabilitation services each year.

These services provide more Victorians with the treatment and support they need to address their drug use, while maintaining vital links with their work, home and family.

The Victorian Government is working with nine expert drug and alcohol service providers to deliver the treatment with a focus on rural and regional areas. The service providers are:

- Latrobe Community Health in Gippsland

- Sunraysia Community Health Service in Mildura

- UnitingCare ReGen in Casey and Cardinia

- The Salvation Army and Mind Australia in Bendigo

- Ballarat Community Health in Ballarat and Horsham

- Odyssey House Victoria in Wyndham, Melton and Maribyrnong

- Western Regional Alcohol and Drugs in Warrnambool and Glenelg

- Stepping Up Consortium in Geelong

- Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drugs Service in Hume.

Therapeutic day rehabilitation complements a range of alcohol and drug treatment services already available for people struggling with addiction, including early intervention and residential services.

Victorians seeking drug and alcohol treatment referrals, including community-based day rehabilitation, can call DirectLine on 1800 888 236.


Early intervention



The Government will explore how community health could support people before their drug use escalates.

The Government is developing new ways to better link drug treatment services with other health services, including the GPs in Schools pilot initiative, where GPs will visit 100 secondary schools in disadvantaged areas.



Needle and syringe programs



For injecting ice users, Victoria's Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) helps reduce the harm from drug use for them and the community. The Government has invested $1.8 million in additional funding for NSPs.

Medically supervised injecting centre



The Victorian Government has introduced legislation for a medically supervised injecting centre to be trialled for two years at the North Richmond Community Health Centre.

The trial will take place for an initial two year period, starting from the opening of the medically supervised injecting centre in June 2018. There will be an option to extend the trial for a further three years.

With the high numbers of Victorians losing their lives to heroin related overdoses, the trial is a safety-first, medical approach focused on harm reduction.

Local families, first responders, medical experts, and the people who witness this devastation on their streets have informed the need for a centre.

Importantly, the trial will help prevent overdose deaths and get people the support they need.

For more information about the centre, please visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/alcohol-and-drugs/aod-treatment-services