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New drug and alcohol service for Bega Valley


The South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network has announced a new drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for the Far South Coast. 

CEO Dianne Kitcher said, “Following an extensive tender process, we are delighted to fund Directions Health Services who will partner with existing service providers including Grand Pacific Health, Katungul Aboriginal Community and Medical Service Corporation, as well as three local general practices, to implement the service in the Bega Valley from October 2020,” she said.

The model of care will involve a coordinated and multi-disciplinary approach delivered by local specialist drug and alcohol practitioners, mental health clinicians, Aboriginal health workers, GPs, nurses and allied health clinicians at their existing premises or via outreach to the priority communities. “A range of services will be available under a stepped care model, ranging from assessment and brief interventions, treatment planning, group and individual counselling.

“The treatments will be matched to the individuals’ needs, and the integration with general practice will help ensure that the physical health needs are also being addressed, providing the holistic approach to care,” said Ms Kitcher.

Kristy McBain, Member for Eden-Monaro welcomed the funding announcement and the continued focus on supporting people recover from drug and alcohol dependence.

“This is great news for Bega Valley residents who may be concerned about their level of alcohol use, or use of prescription or illicit drugs, as well as for family members concerned about a loved one,” said Ms McBain.