Department of Health

Drug rehabilitation plan

The Drug rehabilitation plan builds on the Victorian Government’s Ice action plan to tackle drug problems in Victoria and meet growing demand for treatment.

It provides $87 million to continue to address drug harms, including 100 new rehabilitation beds, trialling a medically supervised injecting centre and boosting training in the alcohol and other drug workforce.

The plan includes:

  • 100 additional residential rehabilitation beds to treat up to 400 extra people each year
  • trial of a new 28 day rapid withdrawal and rehabilitation model to stabilise an extra 100 complex clients a year and reduce hospital readmissions
  • more practical support and brokerage for people and families trying to urgently locate drug treatment services
  • a trial of a medically supervised injecting room at North Richmond Community Health to save lives
  • workforce training initiatives to boost the number of alcohol and other drug workers
  • work to address the issue of poor quality, unsafe private drug and alcohol treatment
  • new measures to target drug dealers, including those involved in organised crime. 

The Victorian Government is supporting the alcohol and other drug sector to deliver these expanded services, with a strategy underway to help grow the workforce and increase capabilities.

Reviewed 07 August 2019


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