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Minister Scullion: Wiradjuri Wellness Project improving local lives
Joint media release
Member for Parkes - Mr Mark Coulton MP
- Condobolin Wiradjuri Wellness Centre has opened in Condobolin, New South Wales.
- $1.2 million for the Wiradjuri Wellness Project to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the Condobolin region.
- The investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in Mid-West New South Wales will now be able to access comprehensive rehabilitation and mental health services following the opening of the Condobolin Wiradjuri Wellness Centre.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion has commended the provider of the facility, Marathon Health on the completion of what has been many months of work to get the facility off the ground.
“The Condobolin Wiradjuri Wellness Centre is a prime example of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving health outcomes in regional areas,” Minister Scullion said.
“This evidence-based, innovative project will support up to 50 individuals and their families, guided by a holistic, culturally-appropriate approach.”
The project will employ two full-time community wellness facilitators, a part-time program coordinator and an Indigenous trainee to deliver intensive case management to individuals and their families as they exit alcohol, drug, mental health and other treatment services in the region.
Member for Parkes, Mr Mark Coulton, has commended the commitment to provide these vital services in Condobolin.
“Marathon Health is long-established in the region, bringing a wealth of local knowledge and expertise, particularly in delivering clinical health and wellbeing services,” Mr Coultonsaid.
“The success of this project is dependent on community support, therefore I’m pleased to say that the Condobolin Wiradjuri Wellness Project has been designed in collaboration with the community and has the support of local Elders.”
For more information on projects underway as part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, visit http://www.pmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/indigenous-advancement-strategy.