Joint Media Release with Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash and Member for Durack, Melissa Price MP
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, and Member for Durack, Melissa Price, have congratulated the Yaandina Family Centre on the official opening today of a new residential drug and rehabilitation centre located on the Great Northern Highway near South Hedland in the Pilbara.
Minister Nash said the Australian Government provided $13.2 million in Health funding to construct the Turner River Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre and $2.75 million for staff housing in South Hedland. The Government also provided Yaandina Family Centre with $4.3 million in operational funding up until 30 June 2015.
“The new facility will provide residential treatment and rehabilitation for Indigenous people living in the Pilbara, but will also admit non-Indigenous clients on a case-by-case basis,” she said.
Mr Scullion said the centre would operate using a Therapeutic Community model, which emphasises positive peer interaction and encourages residents to act as role models.
“All potential clients will need to go through an assessment and referral process to ensure they are clear about the obligations and requirements of undertaking treatment,” he said.
“As part of the centre’s self-management programme, clients will be supported to manage the day-to-day upkeep of the centre, including gardening, laundry and cooking.”
Ms Price said the local community had long campaigned for a residential rehabilitation centre to be established in the Port Hedland district.
“This new rehabilitation centre will deliver significant benefits to the Pilbara region by providing a local structured programme within a residential facility for those people who have made the brave decision to address their drug and alcohol issues,” Ms Price said.
“The centre is able to house up to 22 clients and has two family units for mothers and young children. In just a few months since opening its doors, the centre has received around 14 referrals from agencies in the Pilbara.
“The Yaandina Family Centre works closely with other local drug and alcohol services as well as mental health services, and actively participates in drug and alcohol working groups.
“There has been significant consultation with these key agencies that have helped to establish the referral process and the way in which clients will be screened.”
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2014-11-25 MR SCULLION NASH PRICE – Turner River rehab centre.pdf