To: Federal Minister for Health & Ageing, Tanya Plibersek

Re-Instate dedicated drug & alcohol rehab services run by and for Indigenous people in SA

Dear Minister,

Please provide immediate funding to re-establish a dedicated and culturally appropriate drug & alcohol rehabilitation service for Indigenous people in South Australia, in partnership with Aboriginal people and including Aboriginal staff members.

Why is this important?

In February 2012 the Federal Department of Health & Ageing withdrew funding from the Kalparrin Rehab Centre in Murray Bridge. This leaves South Australia with no dedicated drug & alcohol service for Indigenous people in South Australia. Commitments to providing a replacement service with no time frame attached is not acceptable.

It is hard to understand how, despite a National Apology and constant discourse about reconciliation, "closing the gap", and respecting and empowering Indigenous Australians, they would be left without these essential and culturally appropriate services.

We urge the Federal Government to do the right thing, by reinstating funding for this crucial community service and to ensure that it is planned and implemented with proper consultation with Indigenous people and service providers.

More info & further reading:
http://media.sbs.com.au/audio/world-news_120305_205955.mp3
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3611097.htm
http://www.qms.org.au/upload/QMS%20QUALITY%20BOUND%20July%202009.pdf