Professionals who gave evidence to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into methamphetamine use have expressed hope all of the recommendations will be implemented.DARREN LINTON September 5, 2014 5:34am
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has indicated it will take time to announce practical measures arising from the 900-page report tabled in parliament on Wednesday.
Increased drug testing and more drug dogs, including some based in regional areas, was the initial response along with $100
The lack of any research in regional Victoria was one of the key gaps in data identified in the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee report.
Primary Care Connect chief executive Hamish Fletcher said the report rightly pointed to a wholistic approach to dealing with the impact of methamphetamine and particularly ice.
‘‘Hopefully, the report is adopted and recommendations can flow out through the treatment response,’’ he said.
Mr Fletcher said while the report identified the gaps in regional communities’ access to treatment services and beds, another issue for treatment organisations was developing appropriate responses.
‘‘As a community we’re still trying to come to grips with the far-reaching effects and the best way to provide treatment,’’ he said.
Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre managing lawyer Kaz Gurney said it was notable the committee recognised the value of justice reinvestment, which involved curbing spending on corrections and reinvesting savings in strategies to decrease crime and strengthen neighbourhoods.
‘‘It is extremely pleasing and reassuring to see they have also picked up our submissions in regard to therapeutic justice in our courts,’’ she said.
‘‘It will take quite a while to achieve as it will take a lot of resources.’’
Yesterday, Victorian Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge extended the government’s response, announcing a new campaign to combat young people using ice.
The ‘‘What are you doing on ice?’’ campaign will highlights ice as an addictive and dangerous drug that can destroy lives.
A re-elected Coalition Government would also invest $2.7
Victorian Crime Prevention Minister Edward O’Donohue said the grants would be designed to help local communities implement their own ideas in the fight against ice.
‘‘Grants of up to $100
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Race two of Kyabram’s Harness Racing meet, held at Echuca on Sunday evening, was declared a no-race when the Michael Bellman-driven Never Look Back fell with about 800m remaining.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
Cobram Barooga locals are being asked to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Australian Cancer Council.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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