FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the Royal Flying Doctor Service will continue providing counselling services thorough the Cape York Wellbeing Centres for the next 12 months following a $1.67 million federal government funding extension.
The four Wellbeing Centres – based in Aurukun, Coen, Hopevale and Mossman Gorge – were established in 2008 as part of the Cape York Welfare Reform trial to provide a unique, culturally-appropriate health service to the local communities.
“The Royal Flying Doctor Service counselling team does an outstanding job at these Centres by working directly with individuals to focus on drug and alcohol problems, gambling, family violence, mental health, and overall wellbeing,” said Mr Entsch.
“In the last seven years, the Centres have brought about a measurable reduction in anxiety, depression, problem drinking, drug-taking, and behavioural problems in each of the four communities.
“I’m pleased that this Federal Government funding injection will help the Royal Flying Doctor Service to continue providing support and counselling to those in the communities who need it most.”