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
UPDATE: The CFA has downgraded its advice message.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
There was a good turnout for Wednesday’s Remembrance Day service in Tatura, which saw a number of wreaths laid at the War Memorial, and the presentation to Brad Corken, of the Tatura RSL Spirit Award 2015, by president Robert Mathieson.
THE annual One and All Inclusion Day is heading back to the revamped Echuca Racecourse on Sunday.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
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The lead up to the Christmas period has seen a group Moira Foodshare volunteers providing necessary food for those in need, one box at a time.
‘Peppinella’ development bigger than first planned
Watch and Act issued for Corowa and Wahgunyah near Rutherglen, urging people to leave now as conditions may worsen.
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