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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Action on Ice: the Queensland Government’s plan

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    Action on Ice: the Queensland Government’s plan

    The Palaszczuk Government today announced a $105.5 million investment to address the impact of ice on Queenslanders, families and communities over five years.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles launched the whole-of-government plan Action on ice, alongside Member for Logan Linus Power, Member for Macalister Melissa McMahon and Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles at Logan House Recovery Centre.

    Minister Miles said the plan delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to respond to the impact of increasing use and harm from ice on communities.

    “The plan is aimed at reducing supply of ice, reducing the demand of ice and reducing the harms and effects of ice use.

    “Prevention and treatment are integral to managing the impact of the ice crisis in Queensland,” Mr Miles said.

    Action on Ice is a whole-of-government plan informed by feedback from the public, health and welfare professionals, families and friends who have seen their loved ones affected by ice and people with lived experience

    Action on ice builds on actions already announced by the Palaszczuk Government including:

    • $14.3 million to establish a new 42-bed residential drug rehabilitation and treatment facility in Rockhampton,
    • Establishing a trial youth residential care service in Brisbane for high risk young people in out-of-home-care to provide intensive support for their complex needs, including mental health and substance use,

    Announced as part of Government’s Action on ice $18 million package in the 2017-18 State Budget, other actions in the plan include:

    • Expanding access to specialist family support and services regional Queensland,
    • Increasing the number of roadside drug tests conducted by Queensland Police Service by 12,500 each year,
    • Raising awareness to make sure people know how and where to access help to deal with the impact ice is having on their lives

    Mr Miles said the initiatives reflect issues and concerns raised through the consultation processes, including the need for improved community awareness about the impacts of ice and more accessible support for Queensland families, particularly in regional and rural and regional Queensland.

    “We’re also committed to continually strengthening our alcohol and other drug treatment system to deliver a range of effective treatment options including withdrawal management, counselling, rehabilitation, family support and specialist services like the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court and Drug and Alcohol Brief Intervention Teams,” he said.

    Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said his organisation provided a range of flexible, community-based services and programs to help people who are struggling with drugs and alcohol, as well as their families, friends and carers.

    “Communities across the State are being devastated by alcohol and other drugs, including ice” Mr Giles said.

    “In our services around Queensland about 30 to 40 per cent of the people seeking help, name ice as their primary drug of concern. Alcohol and cannabis also present strongly.

    “Our counsellors are trained to work with people experiencing mild to complex problems across a range of illicit and licit drugs, including alcohol. Our flexible services allow for counselling to be delivered over the phone, face-to-face, and in group sessions.

    “The Government’s new Action on ice plan means our organisation, and other service providers in the alcohol and other drug sector, can continue to deliver vital services to help reduce problems associated with problematic substance use, including ice, within the community.”

    Member for Logan Linus Power said Lives Lived Well offer important and vital services for the Logan community.

    “As part of the plan we are establishing a live-in recovery unit here at Logan House. We’re also forming coordinated outreach and case management support program for families impacted by ice,” Mr Power said.

    Member for Macalister Melissa McMahon said ice has a devastating effect on families and communities.

    “We know that reducing harms from ice can only be done through the supported efforts of communities, families and individuals themselves, as well as all levels of government and across agencies,” Ms McMahon said.

    The Palaszczuk Government’s comprehensive plan to tackle ice in Queensland; Action on ice: The Queensland Government’s plan to address use and harms caused by crystal methamphetamine can be read at http://qld.gov.au/actiononice

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    Media contact:               Katharine Wright - 0422 580 342