Alcohol and drug capacity building package

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Government and Primary Health Tasmania are expanding alcohol and drug services for Tasmanians with a joint $300,000 package.

The one-off package is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and includes:

  • $235,000 to support small grants of up to $25,000 to community sector organisations providing alcohol and other drug treatment interventions and support; and
  • Up to $50,000 to support community information.

The Tasmanian Government is also providing $15,000 to enable a 6-month trial of the overdose prevention drug, naloxone.

The small grants program is now open and I would encourage Tasmanian alcohol and drug service community organisations to apply through the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council Tasmania (ATDC) website.

These grants are in addition to other COVID-19 stimulus funding such as $250,000 to adapt Tasmania’s pharmacotherapy program to the challenges of the pandemic.

A further $450,000 Technology Fund Grant has also been made available to support the community-managed mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors to purchase the technology required to adapt their services.

We know that Tasmanians may be feeling particularly anxious or vulnerable, drinking or smoking more, as a result of COVID-19.

Anyone who needs help can call support services any time:

  • National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline 1800 250 015
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 811 994
  • Family Drug Support 1300 368 186
  • A Tasmania Lifeline 1800 98 44 34

You can also access the Tasmanian Alcohol and Drug Services on 1300 139 641.

A full list of alcohol and other drugs services across Tasmania is available from the Primary Health Tasmania Health Directory Tasmanian Health Directory – Primary Health Tasmania and from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council Tasmania website ATDC – Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania

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