The Murdi Paaki Drug and Alcohol Network is a partnership between the Lyndon Community, the Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, Bourke Aborginal Health Service , Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service and Western NSW Local Health District, and is funding by The Office for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health. Communities covered by the network include but are not limited to Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Bourke, Walgett, Menindee, Coonamble, Coomealla, Brewarrina and Cobar.
The Network aims to:
- improve access to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services; and
- to support Aboriginal Medical Services, community health services and general practitioners in the region to provide better treatment and care to Aboriginal people and families with drug and alcohol problems, within their own Community.
Network sites at Maari Ma (Broken Hill), Bourke Aboriginal Health Service, and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service employ Local Network Coordinators, counselors and Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Workers and trainees. These services are the face of the program. They coordinate and support service delivery to Aboriginal people in their part of the region, including referrals to outreach workers when required. They also deliver group and community support and education programs.
For more information about the Murdi Paaki Drug and Alcohol Network, or to find out how to see a worker in your Community, phone (02) 6361 2300.