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New beds to help treat meth addicts

TEN of the 60 new residential rehabilitation treatment beds announced as part of the $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016 will be in Cullacabardee.

Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said contracts had been finalised for an extra 28 beds in the metropolitan area and 32 beds across the South-West, Goldfields, Mid-West and Pilbara, which would open in January 2017.

Ms Mitchell said the new beds would provide  a significant boost in treatment and support for users and their families who want to address methamphetamine use.

“These additional beds are part of the WA Meth Strategy 2016, which has already delivered a boost to staffing in community alcohol and other drug counselling centres across the State, a dedicated Meth Helpline, a specialist meth outpatient clinic and frontline worker training,’’ she said.

She said the additional beds would ensure continuity of treatment options for people experiencing meth-related harm.

“There is no one-size-fits-all treatment model for treating people with drug and alcohol problems,” she said.

“The best outcomes are achieved when the type of treatment matches the specific needs of the individual.

“For some people, that treatment is residential rehabilitation; for others it is early intervention to avoid the need for residential care or rehabilitation within the community with the help of dedicated support services.

“The Liberal National Government is ensuring that the entire spectrum of treatment and prevention options is supported and available across the State.”

She said the service providers were selected through a competitive tender process.

The new beds will be available at Cyrenian House (20 including 10 at the Rick Hammersley Centre) and Palmerston (eight) in Perth, Abbotsford Private Hospital near Nannup (16), Hope Community Services in the Mid-West (10), the Goldfields Rehabilitation Services Inc in Kalgoorlie (four) and Yaandina Family Centre in the Pilbara (two).

If you or someone close to you needs help with meth, phone the Meth Helpline on 1800 874 878.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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