Health

Major expansion of successful Meth Action Plan under WA Labor

Posted on February 28, 2021
  • Australian-first 24-hour drop-in and outreach addiction service for Perth CBD and surrounds
  • New 20-bed rehabilitation facility to service Perth metropolitan area
  • New drug treatment prison program to open at Bunbury Regional Prison
  • Additional support for PFDS Peer Support Network for families of those battling addiction
  • $79m package will expand McGowan Government’s $244m Methamphetamine Action Plan
  • Builds on outcomes already achieved including almost 3.2 tonnes of meth seized by WA Police

Western Australia’s Methamphetamine Action Plan will be bolstered with a $79 million expansion under a re-elected McGowan Government – featuring a range of new support services for Perth and regional WA.

These new investments will build on the McGowan Government’s comprehensive $244 million Methamphetamine Action Plan – which has given Police unprecedented resources to limit the supply of meth into WA, while investing significantly in drug treatment facilities and services, which have resulted in the decrease of Meth use in metropolitan and regional WA.

As part of the expansion, a re-elected McGowan Government will establish a new, Australian-first addiction service for the Perth CBD and surrounds to provide immediate assistance for individuals and families experiencing a crisis in relation to methamphetamine and other AOD use.

The $39.7 million Immediate Drug Assistance Coordination Centre (IDACC) will be established to provide the Perth CBD and surrounding areas with a 24/7 drug and alcohol support service for people in crisis and their loved ones.

The IDACC, which could be operational by July 2022 will include a drop-in hub and short-term beds, which will allow individuals accessing the service to ‘crash’ and recover for up to 72 hours, while brief intervention, harm reduction information and warm referral to social and other services is provided.

It will be Australia’s first 24-hour drop-in service encompassing beds and assertive outreach for people experiencing alcohol and other drug crises.

It will offer an assertive outreach and care coordination team, a drug and alcohol clinical advisory service and an alcohol and other drug mental health crisis and system navigation contact line. This service will provide immediate support and advice to families.

The IDACC will be supported by a new $12.5 million, 20-bed rehabilitation facility in the Perth metropolitan area and is expected to be in operation by 2024, catering for a mix of high and low medical needs, and create more than 50 jobs through construction.

In regional WA, the Peel region’s Community Alcohol and Other Drug Integrated Services will be expanded to allow more people to access treatment faster.

A Next Step Drug and Alcohol Service will be established in Mandurah and a fully integrated alcohol and other drug service for young people and adults will open in the Peel Health Hub.

This will provide additional 9 frontline staff, alcohol and drug support and training for frontline staff in Peel and Rockingham hospitals, and additional addiction medicine consultants.

The McGowan Government’s successful drug treatment prison model will be expanded to Bunbury Regional Prison with the establishment of a $12.2 million 24-bed alcohol and other drug transitional service, expected to be in operation by the end of 2022.

The facility will offer dedicated treatment within a therapeutic community, providing addiction treatment and support to improve mental and physical health and reduce the chance of reoffending.

Since opening in August 2018, Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison for women, known as one of the ‘most searched’ custodial facilities in the State, boasts an impressive record of zero discoveries of alcohol or other drugs found and no positive drug tests returned. To date, of the hundreds of women entering the program, only two have been sentenced to return to prison.

A re-elected McGowan Government will also continue responsibility for seven residential rehabilitation beds in the Goldfields after the Commonwealth withdrew funding.

A re-elected McGowan Government will also invest an additional $5.6 million in the Parent and Family Drug Support (PFDS) program, which provides loved ones of those struggling with addiction with peer support from others with lived experience of dealing with addiction in their families.

The enhanced service will assist people from all over the State but will have a particular focus on increasing support in the outer metropolitan areas.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Our Methamphetamine Action Plan has delivered strong results in the battle against methamphetamine and other drugs in Western Australia.

“We have given Police the resources they need to cut the supply of drugs into the State while investing in reducing demand for drugs with treatment initiatives – including our ground breaking men’s and women’s drug treatment prisons.

“Meth use peaked under the Liberals and Nationals because they had no plan to fight meth and they let meth get out of control in our suburbs and towns.

“My government has turned this around, with a comprehensive suite of initiatives, but we know there is always more to do.

“If re-elected, we will invest in a first of its kind addiction service in the Perth CBD to provide multilayered support to those battling addiction and their families, and also provide a new 20-bed rehabilitation facility to service the whole metropolitan area.

“Our WA-first drug treatment prison model will expand into Bunbury Regional Prison – cutting the cycle of addiction and incarceration and giving people a genuine pathway to get their lives back on track.”

METH FACTS:

  • Meth use across WA has reduced substantially since the McGowan Government was elected, declining by 23.3 per cent since 2016.
  • Cocaine, heroin, MDA, oxycodone, fentanyl use remains below the national average