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16 March 2017

New Aboriginal Mental Health and Alcohol and other Drug Service for Murray Mallee

New integrated mental health and alcohol and other drug services are being delivered right across the Murray Mallee Aboriginal community.

Funded by Country SA PHN, the service is known by the Ngarrindjeri name, Kungulun Nakeri, which translates to ‘thinking the right way’. Kungulun Nakeri is being delivered through existing service provider, Murray Mallee General Practice Network.

The Kungulun Nakeri services are available throughout the region. These include hubs at Murray Bridge and outreach services extending to Aboriginal communities in Meningie, Raukkan, Tailem Bend and Mannum.

“We’ve identified a real need for this type of service in the Murray Mallee and we’re pleased to be able to provide the funding to support it. Offering an integrated program through a primary health care provider will be of great benefit to this community,” said Country SA PHN, Chief Executive Officer, Kim Hosking.

Country SA PHN exists to bridge the gap of health inequity and access in rural South Australia. To extend this program through outreach services to those in remote parts of the region helps to bridge this gap.”

The fully integrated service is providing social and emotional well-being, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention programs – enabling early detection and expanded treatment of mental health problems. The service offers individual or group based programs which may include family network based interventions.

“Providing a culturally appropriate coordinated approach is vital to the Kungulun Nakeri services success,” said Murray Mallee General Practice Network, Chief Executive Officer, Cathy Spanton.

“These services allow important linkages to be made with Aboriginal specific social and cultural support services - all coordinated through our network - in a primary health care setting.”

Kungulun Nakeri is also increasing the capacity for specific alcohol and other drug services to local indigenous communities including; assistance to families and carers, access to counselling and assessments to identify client goals and pathways to achieve them.

For further information or to access the service please call the Murray Mallee General Practice Network on 8531 1303.

 

Media inquiries – Kate Dorsey at Michels Warren on 0417 811 010.

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