General News Politics Sector News — 10 October 2014
Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies welcomes renewed Government focus on alcohol and other drug issues

Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA), Rebecca MacBean was pleased to join the Health Minister, the Honourable Lawrence Springborg at the launch of the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 today.
“The plan is a welcome first step from the Queensland Mental Health Commission to provide strategic leadership to minimise the harms alcohol and other drugs cause so many Queensland communities.”
“The Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 provides a launching pad for Government and non-government services to work together to support people that experience issues related to substance use to access the high quality care and support they deserve” Ms MacBean said.
“We are fortunate in Queensland to have so many dedicated and highly skilled practitioners who provided more than 30,000 evidenced based episodes of care in 2012-13 to people dealing with alcohol and other drug issues across Queensland. Almost 40% of these episodes were provided by QNADA members.”
“As the peak body for the alcohol and other drug sector in Queensland, QNADA looks forward to working with Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck and her team at the Commission to put the aspirations of this plan into action. To this end, we have commenced discussions with the Commission to identify the actions that will be most effective in preventing and reducing the adverse impacts of substance use on the Queensland community.”
QNADA is the peak body for the alcohol and other drugs treatment sector in Queensland. QNADA’s 36 member organisations represent the majority of NGO AOD providers in Queensland and provide drug education and information, early intervention, outreach, detoxification, residential rehabilitation, psychosocial and medical treatment, relapse prevention, justice diversion, and social inclusion services.

This media release is from QNADA on 9 October 2014.

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