Residential Drug Rehabilitation & Mental Health Facility for the Valley

"Ice Grannies current affair story"

Dear Daniel Andrews,

We in the Latrobe Valley have consistently recorded the highest level of psychological and social stress levels in the state. Yet since the demolition of the old Hobsons Park facility in Traralgon we have had only emergency-short stay psychiatric facilities.

The advent of social calamities like the privatisation of the SEC and now the world transition away from our traditional work forms in the region have left a community reeling. While we are resilient, we can only handle so much on our own, especially when govt departments are lured into putting disadvantaged persons into our now cheap housing.

Examples like the "Ice Grannies current affair story"  shown on national television today are not the norm for our population but are becoming a more common sight on our streets.

Some will say this is a crime problem but in reality we all know the war on drugs approach failed long ago. It is now a health problem and requires a health response.

We thank you for our Health Innovation Zone, the only one in the country. The Health Innovation Zone came out of the recommendations of the Hazelwood inquiries, we ask only for the facilities to deal with the problems that face us.

We the undersigned people of the Latrobe Valley and surrounds call for the Andrews Government to fund and create a residential drug and mental health rehabilitation center in the Latrobe Valley.

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  • signed 2018-04-21 15:08:29 +1000
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  • signed 2018-04-20 15:49:31 +1000
    We need a residential facility here.
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  • signed 2018-04-17 13:47:15 +1000
    We really are in need of this facility, to provide long term and continuing care for all mental health patients, also to ease the extra burden on the emergency department of our already extremely busy hospital and the medical teams
  • signed 2018-04-17 12:09:31 +1000
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    Sign the petition: Residential Drug Rehabiliation & Mental Health Facility in the Valley
  • signed 2018-04-17 06:16:36 +1000
  • signed 2018-04-16 23:38:49 +1000
    Definitely think this is needed for our community Normi Rowe’s vision should be taken into consideration
  • signed 2018-04-16 23:04:16 +1000
    As a community youth worker in Gippsland since 1987 I have seen a high need for a facility of this type for many years. Unfortunately, we have lost many of our young people to substance addiction and the lack of a local facility has no doubt contributed to the needless loss of life. The population of our area continues to grow and unlike many parts of the State this area has missed out on much of the economic growth of the past decade as such we have a high number of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds who also suffer from poor lifestyle choices. Support for substance addiction rehabilitation with a dedicated residential facility is needed.
  • signed 2018-04-16 22:33:31 +1000
    Janet Kootstra
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  • signed 2018-04-16 20:28:57 +1000
    I suffer mental illness there are not enough beds, when your really sick, most of the time your turned away as there are NO beds. This would really help take the strain off the already struggling system, help others in need too. I know I’m not the only one.
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