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Friday, January 13, 2006

Boost for Alcohol and Drug Service - David Llewellyn, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Boost for Alcohol and Drug Service - David Llewellyn, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Deputy Premier David Llewellyn announced today that work has begun on new facilities for the Alcohol and Drug Service which will significantly enhance Tasmania’s methadone program.

Mr Llewellyn said the tender for the refurbishment of the Ground Floor of the Carruthers Building at St John’s Park to house the Pharmacotherapy Program had been won by Hobart builder Geoff Anderson Pty Ltd.

The project, costing almost $1 million, is expected to be completed in June.

“This will enable collocation of the methadone and detox programs on the same site as the Alcohol and Drug Service community team, which is staffed by social workers, psychologists and nurses,” Mr Llewellyn said.

“There will be significant benefits from bringing these major alcohol and drug services together – including enhancing the capacity of the public methadone program to provide treatment for clients.

“The new facility will enable expansion of the public program by providing consulting rooms for visiting consultants and GPs.

“It will also provide additional space for other nursing and allied health staff to support the work of Pharmacotherapy Program staff.

“As well it will enable the introduction of education, training and support to new and existing GP and pharmacist providers.

“Recruiting is underway for a full time pharmacist to join the Pharmacotherapy Program.

“A key task of this position will be to work with the community pharmacists and GPs to promote the program and support training and education.”

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