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NEW LITHGOW REHABILITATION SERVICE TO SUPPORT LOCAL WOMEN

NEW LITHGOW REHABILITATION SERVICE TO SUPPORT LOCAL WOMEN

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A new Lithgow rehabilitation program for alcohol and drugs – including ice – will help local women, including mothers, to overcome substance misuse and mental health issues.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee welcomed today’s launch of Lyndon Community’s Dianella Cottage Lithgow Outreach Service, funded under the Australian Government’s National Ice Action Strategy.

Commissioned by the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (PHN), this $275,000 initiative is specifically designed to support women with co-existing alcohol and other drug misuse and mental health issues.

Mr Gee said Dianella Cottage offers non-residential rehabilitation services, and allows women to seek treatment while still being able to care for their children.

“It’s often difficult for women with caring responsibilities to access this sort of treatment. In order to commit to residential treatment, they either need to make other arrangements for the care of their children or find a program that accommodates them,” Mr Gee said.

“Although Lithgow is widely recognised as a ‘high needs’ area, these types of services are few and far between. The few services within driving distance of Lithgow usually have a waiting list.”

Mr Gee said the program includes alcohol and other drug and mental health assessment, treatment planning and counselling and group treatment programs. It also specialises in post-traumatic stress and complex trauma, and supports women referred to the program through the courts.

“I commend the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN for its extensive planning and consultation with community stakeholders to ensure this service aligns with local needs and priorities,” Mr Gee added.

The Dianella Cottage Lithgow Outreach Service operates from 10am to 4pm on Mondays and Thursdays.