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Family Drug Support Now Online for Families

FDS Support Online3 April 2017
 

Tony Trimingham, the Founder and CEO of Family Drug Support (FDS), has described how proud he is with the development of the first Australian interactive online resource designed specifically to support families struggling to deal with drug and alcohol problems.

 
The New resource is available here:  fdsonline.org.au

This project was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health through the National Ice Action Strategy. It has been produced by Readymade Productions (hyperlink Readymade Productions text to http://www.readymade.com.au/) in collaboration with FDS staff and volunteers.

The resource centres on the documentary film of a family support group, and will be of particular benefit to families in regional and rural communities who don’t have ready access to support group meetings. The new resource, together with FDS’ 24/7 telephone support line, will help ensure every family can access support when they need it.

2017 Budget Nightmare for families

As everyone scours the budget looking for winners and losers spare a thought for the 5,000 new welfare recipients and their families. They are clearly going to be the victim of a government measure that is trying to solve a complex social problem with an absurdly simple and harsh response.


On the face of it, drug testing may seem reasonable for people receiving welfare payments, after all it is taxpayer funds they are receiving. However, everyone, and in particular every member of Parliament, should stop and consider many issues before blindly supporting this measure.

For instance, if these new welfare recipients and most of them will be young people, are to lose their benefits what exactly are they supposed to use for food, housing and seeking employment? We assume this burden is expected to fall on their families or charities to ensure they don’t live or starve in the streets. However, no families or support services will receive additional assistance to do this. In the case of families dealing with problematic drug use, this is a horrendous scenario given the daily burdens they already face. How this helps people actually get back into the workforce defies logic.

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Items of Interest

Walking a Tightrope

Alcohol and other drug use and violence: A guide for families
 
Alcohol and other drug use and family violence often occur together. Families already coping with a family member who uses alcohol and drugs can also be exposed to violent behaviours. Living with a family member who uses alcohol or other drugs and who is violent can be frightening. It can feel like walking a tightrope. Specialist support and medical attention may be helpful.