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Victoria Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge

New Counselling Teams Now In The Outer East

Victor P Taffa

Two new therapeutic counselling teams are now operating across Melbourne’s outer east to address drug and alcohol issues experienced by residents in the outer suburban and rural fringe areas.

Joined by local Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin to officially launch the Substance Use Recovery Eastern (SURE) program in Yarra Junction today, Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge commended EACH Social and Community Health Service and Knox Community Health Service for working in partnership to deliver these services.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering four new therapeutic counselling teams across Melbourne’s outer east, Cranbourne and the Barwon South-West region.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“The two new therapeutic counselling teams in the outer east will receive more than $3.8 Million and operate from six different locations.”

Ms. Wooldridge said these teams are made up of experienced social workers and psychologists who provide a range of specialist counselling services, including alcohol and drug addiction services, family therapy and trauma informed therapy.

“The therapeutic counselling teams support the local community in providing tailored responses to individual and family problems.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“This new service is reaching people who are struggling with a mix of complex issues such as mental health problems and gambling issues, as well as housing and employment concerns.”

“Services assist people to overcome and manage a range of problems and to get their lives back on track.”

Mr. Battin said that the outer east has historically had less funding than other areas for these types of services, which has resulted in less clients accessing services and a high proportion of resident s who do access services having to go outside the local area.

“I welcome this investment by the Coalition Government and congratulate EACH and Knox Community Health Services for making these new services accessible to local communities by providing the services from Wantirna, Belgrave, Yarra Junction, Healesville, Lilydale and Ringwood.” Mr. Battin said.

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