New funding arrangements will be introduced from 1 July 2017 to support integrated, consistent and sustainable drug and alcohol treatment services.
Over $75 million annually has been committed to fund 150 service providers nationally until 30 June 2019. This is in addition to funding committed under the National Ice Action Strategy.
In addition, roughly $42 million in funding for organisations providing local treatment services is being transferred to Primary Health Networks (PHN), including Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN). This funding is being transferred to align with drug and alcohol treatment funding provided through the National Ice Action Strategy. Non-residential, direct treatment service delivery in the Northern Territory will now be funded by NT PHN on behalf of the Department of Health.
NT PHN Chief Executive Officer, Nicki Herriot, said “NT PHN supports the redirection of resources for a more integrated and high quality primary health care system. Through partnerships and coordination, we can improve health system integration and community access to drug and alcohol treatment.”
“With efficient and effective commissioning of services, people in the Northern Territory can access localised treatment which will help them to achieve and enjoy their best health and wellbeing,” Nicki added.