Indigenous women finally get help thanks to rehab investment
April 16, 2019
The people behind one of Australia’s most successful Aboriginal Community Controlled Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation service, ‘The Glen’, have been given “A Green Light” to open a much needed “Women” service, which would be the first of its kind in NSW.
The Federal budget handed down last week locked in funding for ‘The Glen’, based on the NSW Central Coast. The budget outlined a $9 million investment from the federal government, including $4.5 million to build the new Women’s facility and $1.5 million per annum for three years of operational costs.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said, “The comprehensive feasibility study submitted by The Glen demonstrated a very clear need for a specific centre for women.”
The Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia, Matthew Tukaki, said that this was an investment long over due and who's time had come "I have been proud to have witnessed first hand the work of the Glen when it comes to the men's program and I have to say the results have been incredible. Programs like the Glen provide hope and pathways for some of the most vulnerable people in our society and their kin." Tukaki said
The Chair of Babana Aboriginal also welcomed the announcement: "We do a lot of work with the Glen and what we see is life changing and transformational. Now there is a chance to ensure our women are not left behind and there is no better organisation to do this than the Glen." said Mark Spinks
Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP has advocated strongly for the new service for women after developing a close relationship with the Glen Centre. “I am beyond excited to be able to announce this incredible funding which will go such a long way towards helping women who might otherwise end up in prison or worse,” Mrs Wicks said.
The Glen is very grateful that this service is now going to be able to give women and families opportunities they would otherwise not have had. We are very grateful for all of the support from the community, corporate and government along the way. We have been overwhelmed by the support from all walks of life and from all sides of politics.
The Glen Chairperson, Coral Hennessy said “The Glen is very grateful for the funding, and we now need to turn our attention to helping these women turn their lives around. This is not about ‘The Glen’, it is about the Women who need this help today. It’s about the Women who are sitting in prison, struggling at home or even on the streets dying. The money is only worth celebrating if we do good things with it. We need to start achieving outcomes for the community, and that work happens now”.
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