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Minister Scullion: Additional case management services for First Australians in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens

4 Aug 2017

Joint Media Release
Senator John Williams, Senator for New South Wales

Wandiyali Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Inc will be able to provide additional case management services in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens with a focus on supporting families impacted by drug and alcohol misuse, thanks to a $330,848 grant from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Wandiyali Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Inc would receive funding to provide case management services through until 30 June 2019.

“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable Wandiyali to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.

Minister Scullion said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens,” Minister Scullion said.

Nationals Senator for New South Wales, John Williams, said he hoped the funding would mean the lives of many would be improved as it could be the helping hand they need.

Senator Williams said that while it was not a quick fix, programmes like these were vital. 

Wandiyali Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Inc. CEO, Steve Kilroy, said funding would enable Wandiyali to continue serving communities in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens areas.

“Wandiyali is appreciative of the Coalition’s understanding of the devastating effects that drugs and alcohol misuse can play in the lives of Indigenous people,” Mr Kilroy said.

“This commitment by the Government will secure Wandiyali’s ability, over the next two years, to support our communities via two full-time dedicated caseworkers. These caseworkers will work intensely with Indigenous families experiencing difficulties and hardships related to issues surrounding drugs and alcohol misuse. The overarching goal of this programme is to support Indigenous people to achieve greater outcomes for themselves, their families and their community.”

The Wandiyali project is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS.  Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.

Existing service providers will share $18,019,301 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.

The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.

Providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.

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