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Ice Action Plan invests $45.5 million

Posted 06 March 2015

The Andrews Government, on the advice of Victoria Police and health and legal experts, has released its Ice Action Plan. Supported by a $45.5 million investment, the plan aims to reduce the supply, demand and harm of methamphetamine.

The VHA is pleased to note a strong focus on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in rural and regional Victoria. We also welcome the inclusion of several health and social investments to support drug users, their families and communities.

The plan recognises the potential of community health services to support people early in the course of their drug use. The VHA supports this approach, and sees community health as the ideal platform to deliver an integrated, client-centred response to the complex health and social issues drug users may face.

We look forward to hearing more detail on enhancing the role of community health services in the prevention, support and treatment effort.

The Ice Action Plan includes:

  • $20 million for the Health Service Violence Prevention Fund
  • $18 million to expand drug treatment services, centred on rehabilitation in rural and regional communities
  • $4.7 million for families and communities to address methamphetamine use, including a new Ice Helpline
  • $1.8 million for needle and syringe programs
  • $500,000 to fund Community Ice Action Groups
  • $400,000 to develop a training curriculum for drug treatment staff
  • $600,000 to extend clinical supervision training

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