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30 January 2017

New Aboriginal alcohol and other drug services for the Coober Pedy region including ICE outreach services

New alcohol and other drugs services are now available to support Aboriginal people in the Coober Pedy Region focusing on combating the high levels of local methamphetamine use.

Funded by Country SA PHN and delivered by the Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation the new program will include two dedicated health workers to specifically target treatment for ICE addiction.

For the first time, this service will extend through a new outreach model to the Oodnadatta Aboriginal community to focus on high levels of methamphetamine use in remote areas.

“We’re aware that there’s a real need for targeted and culturally appropriate drug and alcohol treatment services for Aboriginal people which also link to broader Indigenous health services,” said Country SA PHN, CEO, Kim Hosking.

Country SA PHN aims to bridge the gap of health inequity and access for rural South Australians. Providing an outreach service to the Oodnadatta Aboriginal community will be an important part of bridging this gap.”

The new services complement and link with other existing Aboriginal health programs in the Coober Pedy region – such as social and emotional well-being services – to provide a fully integrated approach to Aboriginal Alcohol and other Drug services.

The new funding will also allow for the inclusion of therapeutic counselling interventions, education and access to resources, case formulation, treatment planning, identifying of client goals and the interventions required to achieve them.

“We’re pleased to be able to deliver culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug services to our Aboriginal community,” said Umoona Tjutagku Health Service, CEO, Priscilla Larkins.

“There’s a local need for increasing early intervention to at risk clients through access to drug and alcohol counselling and for engaging appropriately qualified staff in the effective treatment to support clients referred for ICE addiction.”

To help achieve the service’s aims there will be a focus on assisting patient’s families and carers to provide at home support to patients once they leave the health service.

The services will also provide patient access to appropriate gender based approaches and strategies.


Country SA PHN is responsible for commissioning Commonwealth directed funding for primary health services throughout regional South Australia. For more information, please visit

Country SA PHN is the health network set up to service the country regions of South Australia, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery while improving the coordination of patient care. Established by the Australian Government, we exist to bridge the gap of health inequity and access in rural South Australia by building a collaborative and responsive health care system. Country SA PHN covers 99.8% of the state geographically, incorporating approximately 30% of South Australia’s total population.

Country SA PHN covers 99.8% of the state geographically, incorporating approximately 30% of South Australia’s total population.

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is a community controlled Aboriginal Health Service. It provides primary health care services to Aboriginal people in and around Coober Pedy.

UTHSAC was established in 2005 to address the specific medical needs of the Aboriginal people in Coober Pedy. The organization has expanded steadily to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for the community.

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