ACT Legislative Assembly

Paper petition

Subject:Improve and strengthen drug and alcohol treatment services in Canberra
Eligibility:ACT residents
Sponsoring Member:Mrs Elizabeth Kikkert MLA
Num of Signatures:487
Referred to Minister09/02/2021
Responded To:Yes

Information about the Principal Petitioner is available through the sponsoring Members of the Legislative Assembly contact details.
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TO: The Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly
The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that:
- according to ACIC reporting, the average consumption of many major drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, has been increasing in the ACT in recent years;
- specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug services in the territory can no longer meet demand, with waiting lists growing even longer in 2020;
- delays in accessing rehabilitation services may negatively hinder successful treatment; and
- research confirms the link between alcohol and other drugs and violence in the home.

The petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon ACT Government to conduct a thorough inquiry into the alcohol, tobacco and other drug service sector, including prevention/early intervention services and pathways as well as treatment/rehabilitation services, both for persons on Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders and those voluntarily seeking help, to:
- identity current strength and weaknesses;
- access current and future demands; and
- recommend service and funding models that will better meet people’s needs.