Alcohol and drugs outreach services expanding in Western NSW

The Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section in partnership with the Lyndon Community in New South Wales is extending Alcohol and other Drug (AoD) Services across Western NSW in an outreach model from the hubs of Dubbo, Cobar and Broken Hill. The program is funded through the NSW Department of Health’s Primary Health Networks in response to the growing problem brought about by alcohol and other drug abuse in Western NSW, and the lack of prevention and early intervention services in this region.

The new AoD program will see the RFDS mental health team expanded from five to 15, with AoD clinicians and engagement workers working with communities, individuals, families and groups across rural and remote communities in NSW. The aim is to reach people with tailored treatment and support, as early as possible, to improve individual and community outcomes.

The focus will be on people in communities, providing engagement, education, case management, counselling and group and individual services. Referrals are coming in from families, service providers, practitioners and individuals who self-refer.

This unique service model is set up in partnership with Lyndon who have employed a senior clinician and an addiction specialist, to ensure a full range of supervision, support and professional development.

Anyone needing help or advice, or wishing to refer a friend or relative can contact the program in confidence via two dedicated phone numbers: 08 8080 3701 or 0447 610 846, or by email to aodoutreach@rfdsse.org.au

The Royal Flying Doctor Service was principal sponsor for the 14th National Rural Health Conference http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/14nrhc/

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