Drug and alcohol services to stay funded - Michelle Landry
MEMBER for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the extension of federal funding to drug and alcohol services was essential to the health of the region.
Following concerns from health organisations this week about the expected $200million cuts to health flexible funds, the Federal Government has extended funding to drug and alcohol services for another year.
The extension will guarantee continued funding until June 30, 2016.
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Ms Landry said the services were particularly important to regions like Rockhampton.
"It's very important. There is a big issue in this area for drugs and alcohol," she said.
The MP said the problem had evolved beyond just the typical drug and alcohol problems.
"Ice is also becoming a serious issue... the reach of it is across almost every sector, from low socio-economic sectors to the high-paid professionals," she said.
"It makes people aggressive; they can't get it out of their system for a few days.
"It is becoming very dangerous.
"I have spoken to people in sectors that have to deal with this, it's a massive issue and it's growing."
While the Federal Government has provided $87million in funding to these non-government services, there are still many across the nation unsure of their future operation.
Ms Landry said the delay in guaranteeing continued funding to health organisations was due to the review into overlapping services.