A new alcohol and other drugs services plan has been developed to protect children, families and individuals by reducing consumption and harm, and helping people to recover from the effects of alcohol and drug use.
The Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan 2015-2018 outlines 30 areas for action, which will be implemented by multiple agencies to prevent and reduce the adverse impact of alcohol and other drugs on the health and wellbeing of people from communities in the municipalities of Greater Shepparton, Mitchell Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire and Strathbogie Shire.
The development of the plan has been led by the Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service (GVADS), a consortium led by GV Health, including Odyssey House Victoria and Salvocare. The consortium is supported by an advisory network, which includes ACSO, Primary Care Connect, NEXUS Primary Health, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd, the University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health, LaTrobe University Rural Health School, Murray Primary Health Network and community members.
The plan includes information about alcohol and drug use in the Goulburn Valley, the impact of alcohol and drug use and where there are service gaps and where services need to be strengthened or additional services provided in the Goulburn Valley.
The implementation of this plan will continue to strengthen relationships between alcohol and other drug services in the community to help minimise the harms associated with alcohol and drug use.The plan focuses on taking actions that will help prevent ongoing harm and increase access to family support, residential withdrawal/detox and therapeutic day rehabilitation services within the Goulburn Valley.
A change in culture and attitude towards drinking, smoking and using other drugs can only be achieved with the support of the broader community.