Local organisations are urged to apply for funding to put more Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) on the ground to tackle ice and other drug issues in our communities.

Round four of the LDAT program has now opened and interested community organisations have until the 7th of December to get their funding applications in.

The Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino said today that through local partnerships, LDATs provide evidence-based prevention activities to minimise alcohol and other drug related harms in their communities.

“The Liberal National government is committed to keeping Australian families and communities safe and through the proactive work of local LDATs, we are taking a preventative approach to tackling drug issues,” Ms Marino said.

“So far we have seen 172 LDATs funded across Australia and these teams directly tackle the devastating impact alcohol and drugs – including ice – have on their communities.

“We have had some excellent examples of the work these groups are doing to prevent drug use and improve health outcomes for young people.

“This program helps people understand the challenges in dealing with these issues and creates a pathway to help them to address their issues,” Ms Marino said.

The teams are supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which helps the LDATs develop and implement primary prevention activities in the community.

“This is all about community partnerships working together on a plan of action to prevent and minimise stamp out the misuse of drugs and alcohol in their town – developing local solutions for local problems.”

”If you want to make a difference in your community, like many LDATs already have, I encourage you to build local partnership and apply for the program.”

More information about LDATs and the application process can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website

South West Refuge Receives Funding from Federal Government

The South West Women’s Refuge is now much closer to purchasing a new Toyota Rav 4 after receiving $10,000 from the Federal Government under the Stronger Communities Programme Round 4.

Member for Forrest, Nola Marino today congratulated the refuge on their successful application for the grant.

“The South West Women’s Refuge is a valued organisation providing crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence” Mrs Marino said.

“This grant will assist the refuge in replacing their existing vehicle with a brand new one, allowing for more remote access to locations previously inaccessible due to vehicle limitations, while also increasing passenger capacity”.

“It is great to see a local, South West organisation be rewarded for the valuable service they provide to our community”.

Anyone in a family violence situation or who needs to report domestic or family violence please phone 131 444.

Dairy code consultations hit the South West

Dairy farmers, processors and representative organisations are encouraged to take have their say to help shape Australia’s first mandatory dairy code in consultation in the South West on Thursday, November 15.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino urged local farmers and stakeholders to take part and help improve contracts between farmers and processors.

“We need farmers and processors in the South West to have their say and make sure the code will work for them and our local region,” Mrs Marino said.

“The code will aim to make contracts fairer, more transparent and enforce a dispute resolution process.

“We all know how important the dairy industry is to us here in the South West and this can be the first step to a better industry.”

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the dairy industry had come to him and requested a mandatory code of conduct.

“So let’s not waste time – let’s get on with it,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Consultations are the first step in the process, and the Department of Agriculture will be in town talking to local people about what should be in the code on November 15 at the Brunswick Town Hall from 10.30am and the Margaret River District Club from 6.30pm.

“This isn’t the silver bullet and there’s much more to be done, but it’s a good start.”

More information about the development of the code can be found on the have your say website

People can register online, email or phone 1300 044 940.

Major PBS listings to benefit SW lung cancer and cholesterol patients

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, has welcomed two major new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) which have the potential to extend the lives of patients in the south west with advanced lung cancer and those at risk of a heart attack, saving patients up to almost $190,000 a year.

Ms Marino said, “These new listings will help the thousands of Australians and their families fighting lung cancer and the devastating impact of heart disease.”

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and from 1 November, patients with advanced lung cancer will have the treatment Keytruda® subsidised for first-line treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

“Without PBS subsidy it would cost over $11,300 per script or $188,000 a year. Patients will now pay a maximum of $39.50 per script or just $6.40 per script for concessional patients, including pensioners,” Ms Marino said.

“This listing means that for the first time eligible patients with advanced lung cancer can avoid chemotherapy and be treated with this novel immunotherapy treatment Keytruda®. It will benefit around 850 patients a year.”

Keytruda® is an immunotherapy medicine working with a patient’s own immune system to recognise cancer cells and destroy them. Clinical trials of Keytruda® for lung cancer has shown that some patients became virtually cancer free after treatment.

The Coalition Government is also listing Repatha® from November 1 for the treatment of familial hypercholesterolaemia, which is a genetic high cholesterol condition.

Ms Marino said, “More than 6,000 people a year with the condition, who are at risk of having a heart attack or stroke at an early age, will benefit from the treatment.”

“Patients would normally pay around $630 a script, or more than $8000 a year. With its listing on the PBS, eligible patients will pay a maximum of $39.50 per script for Repatha or just $6.40 with a concession card.”

The independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) recommended the listings.

Federal funding welcomed

THE team at headspace Busselton have welcomed the recent $51.8 million federal government funding announcement.

Centre manager Marie Eckersley said it had been a relief to hear the news with the demand for services increasing each year.

“Headspace is not just about counselling services it provides a range of support services including helping young people gain employment, increase their mental health awareness and physical activity, and improving relationships,” she said.

“The funding I’m hoping we will receive, will go into expanding our clinical services, being able to put on more allied health staff, which would help decrease wait times because the demand has increased significantly – it just keeps going up.” Forrest MP Nola Marino said the funding backed quality frontline support for young people.

“It is essential that Australians can get information, advice, understanding, counselling and treatment, when and where they need it,” she said.

“This funding boost will help headspace meet the increasing demands for their services, today and in coming years.

“Within our funding injection for headspace, $39 million will go towards services and staff while $12.8 million will ensure headspace National can continue to run eheadspace so young people can access support when they need it.” The additional investment is on top of the $95.7 million per year the federal government had already committed to 107 headspace centres.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail