A symposium to assess the North Coast response to the epidemic of the use of the drug ice will be held in Lismore tomorrow (Friday).
A symposium to assess the North Coast response to the epidemic of the use of the drug ice will be held in Lismore tomorrow (Friday). Martin Sykes

Ice symposium to assess North Coast response to the drug

A SYMPOSIUM of health, police and community bodies in Lismore tomorrow will assess the response to the ice epidemic that has hit the NSW North Coast.

In recent times, the health and social harms relating to the problematic use of methamphetamine have resulted in significant risks to the Northern Rivers community, say health authorities.

Tomorrow, North Coast Medicare Local, in partnership with co-sponsors Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation and the Northern NSW Local Health District, has organised a symposium in Lismore to discuss the issues and possible regional actions that can be taken collectively.

The objective of the symposium is to discuss the facts related to methamphetamine use, current actions being undertaken by the various organisations in our region and to identify collective initiatives that we can jointly fund and implement.

Those attending will be representatives of the Northern NSW Local Health District, North Coast Medicare Local, police, ambulance, Aboriginal Medical Services, The Buttery, Northern Rivers Social Development Council, Rekindling the Spirit, Communities for Children, the Department of Family and Community Services, headspace and the Australian Drug Foundation.

Some funding is being made available by the sponsor organisations for the implementation of regional initiatives to address the harm related to the use of methamphetamines.

This symposium provides the community with the opportunity and the space to collectively plan for the use of these funds.

CEO of Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation Scott Monaghan said the Symposium would be an important step in tackling the significant challenge of methamphetamines.

"We are hopeful that the initiatives that come out of Friday's symposium will help stem the growth of metamphetamine use in both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities on the North Coast," he said.

  • WHAT: Methamphetamine Symposium
  • WHERE: St Vincent's Education Centre, 20 Dalley Street, East Lismore
  • WHEN: 11.30am, Friday May 8.

For more information, contact NCML's Substance Misuse Program manager Christine Minkov on 0416 493 441.



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