The city of Mount Gambier, like all regional cities, faces ongoing challenges with substance and alcohol use and ongoing funding is required to ensure uninterrupted service delivery to accommodate demand and to retain an experienced and qualified workforce.
The region requires ongoing prevention strategies combined with continuous service delivery specifically relevant to the community's needs.
Currently, residents requiring planned alcohol detoxification must travel to Adelaide due to no regional alcohol detoxification service. There is a need for two dedicated detoxification beds located within the Mount Gambier Hospital to provide medically managed alcohol detoxification.
The region's advocacy and health promotion organisation - Substance Misuse Limestone Coast - requires ongoing financial assistance, in conjunction with local and federal government, to continue and expand their work, including education, early intervention initiatives and workforce training.
Two additional FTE drug and alcohol counsellors, including a youth-specific counsellor, are also required for the city of Mount Gambier and surrounding districts, to complement existing services.