Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Helping Families Affected by Drug Abuse

Eighteen organisations across the country, working with families affected by substance abuse, will receive a $3 million boost over the next financial year as part of the National Illicit Drugs Strategy Strengthening Families program.

Harmful drug use by one person within a family can have disastrous health and social consequences for other family members. Substance abuse can wreck lives and destroy families and has far reaching implications for the broader community.

The personal cost to families from substance abuse can be devastating often resulting in mental health problems, domestic violence, chronic illness and social isolation.

The Australian Government is increasing funding to support children affected by their parent’s drug abuse, people trying to deal with a partner’s drug abuse and adolescents who are abusing drugs and whose drug use is affecting their siblings.

The funding will also help grandparents who find themselves raising grandchildren because the children’s parents are abusing drugs.

Services to be provided under the new funding include parent education, counselling, advice, therapeutic group programs, case management and services specifically targeted to the needs of Indigenous families. They aim to improve the personal and collective resilience of family members. The Government is committed to making sure that effective support services are available to those who need them.

The increased Government funding will support 18 non-government organisations across all States and Territories.

The Strengthening Families program concentrates on supporting stronger families. Some services target specific local areas and others have a State or national focus.

Project Organisation Region Funding
Aboriginal Kinship Program Adelaide Central Community Health Care Metropolitan Adelaide, SA $156,000.00
Drug Beat ADTARP Inc Adelaide SA $150,000.00
Bridges to Families Blacktown Alcohol and other Drugs Family Services inc. Blacktown LGA, NSW $250,000.00
Family Coping Centacare NT Darwin, Wadeye, (Port Keats), Nauiyu Namiyu, Belyuen, Nguiu, Pirlangimpi (TIWI Islands) Bagot (Darwin), NT $177,000.00
Family Assistance and Drug Support (FADS) DrugArm Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe, QLD $170,000.00
Stepping Stones Program Family Drug Support National $150,000.00
How to Drug Proof Your Kids Focus on the Family National $215,000.00
Supporting Kids and their Environment (SKATE) project Glastonbury Child and Family Services Geelong, Queenscliffe, Colac and Surrounds, VIC $143,520.00
Family Re-Integration Program Grace Fellowship ^aEUR” Teen Challenge Perth, WA $80,000.00
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Project Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone, TAS $180,000.00
The Mobile Family Support Worker Holyoake Australian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Resolutions Wheatbelt, WA $92,100.00
Yeaca Dhargo Family Project Kurbingui Youth Association Outer Norther Brisbane – Sillmere, Sandgate, Bracken Ridge, Aspley, Nundah and Banyo, QLD $130,200.00
The Counting the Kids Program Odyssey House Victoria Melbourne, VIC $360,000.00
The Counting the Kids Brokerage Program Odyssey House Victoria VIC, ACT, TAS $250,000.00
Family Outreach Support Service (FOSS) Open Family Australia Inc. Hume Region of Victoria, city of Greater Shepparton, VIC $70,000.00
QuIHN Family Support Worker Program Queensland Injectors Health Network Ltd Maroochydore Shire, Brisbane Metropolitan area, QLD $91,500.00
Transform The Benevolent Society- Transform Inner city housing estates in Redfern, Waterloo, Glebe and Newtown, NSW $118,300.00
Pregnancy, Early Parenting & Illicit Substance Use (PEPISU) project Women’s Health Care Association Inc. Greater Perth Metropolitan area, WA $110,000.00
Drugs In The Family Youth Coalition ACT ACT, Queanbeyan $80,000.00