ICE ACTION GROUP LOOKS TO PIONEER
LOCAL REFERRAL MODEL
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the push to get on top of the ‘ice’ problem in the local area was progressing.
Mr Anderson said the local Ice Action Group met today to discuss the range of challenges facing our community including, when someone needs help, where do they get the information and who can they turn too?
“It was clear to the group that there were a range of options available in our region but the feedback to the group was that the community was confused and didn’t know how access the services available.
“The group identified the need for a central call service that can put anyone in need of help in relation to drugs directly in touch with a local service provider who can assist them in getting the appropriate help anytime day or night.
“We will also undertake the first ever service mapping for drug services in our region with a specific focus on local service providers.
“The service collaboration is very important so I will be pushing for a memorandum of understanding between service providers so that we will have a clear process to assist local people who want help getting off drugs.
“The message today was clear with the focus of locals being able to access local services anytime of the day or night.
“If we can set up a successful local referral model, making it easy for people to get help, then I believe it can be used more broadly across the state. Local communities want to be able to access local services and this is the way to do it.
“The fight against ice is not easy however I am filled with confidence following today’s meeting that we are making progress and heading in the right direction. There is a lot of work to be done but I am committed to doing everything I can help to get on top of this problem,” Mr Anderson concluded.