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.

Who's signing

Debra Dragonheart
cindy considine
Susan Doyle
Melinda Lenane
Gina Nielsen
Andreas Bimba
Davi Silva
Wendy Matthews
Doug Steley
Helen Culjkovic
Chris Bakewell
Adele van Rosmalen
Justine Credlin
Natasha Zwetsloot
Rowan White
Graeme Wilson
Malcolm McKelvie
Ian Cannon
Naomi Murphy
Linda Barraclough
Samantha Brick
Patricia Hooker
Phil Jackson
Steve Bartel
Rachael Deering
436 signatures

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  • Debra Dragonheart
    @DebraDragonhea2 tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-24 10:52:31 +1100
    Sign the petition: Residential Drug Rehabiliation & Mental Health Facility in the Valley
  • Debra Dragonheart
    signed 2019-11-24 10:52:05 +1100
  • cindy considine
    @considine_c tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-16 13:31:54 +1100
    Sign the petition: Residential Drug Rehabiliation & Mental Health Facility in the Valley
  • cindy considine
    signed 2019-11-16 13:31:27 +1100
  • Susan Doyle
    signed via 2019-08-20 09:20:53 +1000
    There needs to be rehab prisons not more jails were counselling is very little do the crime do the time but in rehab so you get out a better person
  • Melinda Lenane
    signed via 2019-08-19 22:55:59 +1000
  • Gina Nielsen
    signed via 2019-08-19 11:30:16 +1000
    Instead of just pulling people out of the river we need to go upstream to find out why they are falling in. A proactive approach to treat the underlying causes of addiction & domestic violence including psychological & emotional abuse. We NEED residential rehab in this area for all substance abuse. There is a lot of focus on ice as there should be but alcohol. Marijuana (chronic use) prescription drug abuse heroin & fentanol ate huge hidden problems.
  • Andreas Bimba
    @hotthorseradish tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-17 10:41:24 +1000
    Sign the petition: Residential Drug Rehabiliation & Mental Health Facility in the Valley
  • Andreas Bimba
    signed 2019-05-17 10:40:58 +1000
    This is an important issue, please give it the priority it deserves or more little green women and men will come in for a friendly chat. ;)
  • Davi Silva
    signed 2019-04-24 10:38:38 +1000
    The Latrobe Valley is facing a terrible crisis of methamphetamine addiction. This puts a strain on our local community that spreads much farther than just the obvious places. Our healthcare system is under stress, emergency services are stretched thin and the children of this community are at risk. Let’s make a stand and create change for our children’s future.
  • Wendy Matthews
    signed 2019-04-22 20:02:02 +1000
    A compassionate and effective response is essential for our fellow humans who are suffering. Please listen.

    ~ Wendy Matthews
  • Doug Steley
    signed 2019-04-17 21:51:18 +1000
    We need to treat the root problems as well as the symptoms
  • Helen Culjkovic
    signed 2019-03-26 08:38:15 +1100
  • Chris Bakewell
    signed 2019-03-07 05:00:07 +1100
  • Adele van Rosmalen
    signed 2019-03-02 22:25:01 +1100
  • Justine Credlin
    signed 2019-02-26 09:30:57 +1100
    Justine Credlin
  • Natasha Zwetsloot
    signed 2019-01-23 06:40:01 +1100
  • Rowan White
    signed 2019-01-03 03:32:52 +1100
  • Graeme Wilson
    signed 2018-11-19 08:53:15 +1100
    The Victorian State and indeed the entire country have lived off the back of the cheap power produced in the Latrobe Valley since the 1920’s. Yet the workers and people that live here are treated as second class. Just because political seats are safe we get last pick at everything. Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong have nowhere near the natural attractions that are within a short distance of the Valley yet are being touted as rural hubs. The press lives off the negative image that comes with the lack of health and policing support that is needed to transition the Valley to a prosperous thriving modern economy in the future. Do not just focus on the Valley during the election, invest now to build a dynamic alternative for people to live in.
  • Malcolm McKelvie
    signed 2018-10-16 20:38:58 +1100
    We definitely need to change the focus of drug use from a criminal problem to a health problem. Mental health support, community programs, safe drug use projects like injecting rooms are all examples that show we prioritise community and people and safety. Filling prisons with people with mental health problems who have turned to drugs is costing our society dearly.
  • Ian Cannon
    signed 2018-10-09 16:18:34 +1100
    Ian Cannon
  • Naomi Murphy
    signed 2018-10-08 06:30:45 +1100
  • Linda Barraclough
    signed 2018-10-07 22:12:54 +1100
    Desperately needed.
  • Samantha Brick
    signed 2018-08-18 09:17:48 +1000
    Rehab for people impacted by drugs close to their families will have the best results. There are currently too few drug rehab and mental health beds available and families and the community continue to suffer while waiting.
  • Patricia Hooker
    signed 2018-08-10 00:27:51 +1000
    My daughter and son in law have had a difficult time in Morwell.

    My son in law comes from there and took my daughter there two years ago.

    She got on the ice addiction due to him and they lost their three children to the Morwell DHHS.

    On the 18th of July this year, my daughter disappeared suddenly which is highly unusual for her.

    Now I am searching for my missing daughter while DHHS are playing games with my grandchildren.

    Of course, I want to see the community of Morwell help those who hate being on this drug but can’t see their way out of this. I would rather give support rather than sit and do nothing.
  • Phil Jackson
    signed 2018-08-03 13:19:10 +1000
  • Steve Bartel
    signed via 2018-07-12 19:04:51 +1000
    This clearly needs to happen. I’ve been through addiction and the help and rehabs just arnt there. If you do manage to find one hours away be prepared to wait about 6 months probably more. I live in Albury/Wodonga and drugs are a huge problem here on the border. No rehab anywhere near here. Its a shame because a lot of people need help. All drugs are rampant here…
  • Rachael Deering
    followed this page 2018-07-12 13:46:33 +1000
  • Rachael Deering
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-12 13:45:49 +1000
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  • Rachael Deering
    signed via 2018-07-12 13:44:59 +1000
    There definitely needs to be more help for those in desperate need of help. I’m In Albury and there needs to be help here too. But when you can’t even see a counsellor or go to a mental health facility, NO ONE CAN BE TREATED.

    Matters get worse and worse… they don’t get better.

    Especially when you are sitting on the sidelines just watching the devastation and the loss of some ones life and family.

    When people take ice, they loose everything. Their self worth, family, friends, children and then they may even loose their lives.

    One hit and you can become an addict instantly.

    Seriously people, please don’t discriminate those who have no chance without proper help.