STRONG SUPPORT: Dr Kees Nydan believes a full suite of services should be available. Photo: Max Fleet drg1202a
STRONG SUPPORT: Dr Kees Nydan believes a full suite of services should be available. Photo: Max Fleet drg1202a

Hope for rehab clinic in Bundy

BUNDABERG is in the running to receive the Wide Bay’s first long-term residential drug rehabilitation facility.

The Wide Bay Drug and Alcohol Taskforce spokeswoman, Joanne Lambden, confirmed yesterday that Bundaberg was one of the sites being considered for the facility.

The taskforce is gauging interest in the rehabilitation centre at several locations in the region.

“It could be at Bundaberg, Hervey Bay or Maryborough,” Ms Lambden said.

“We’re not earmarking a site yet, as land prices are likely to have a lot to do with its eventual location.”

The taskforce is in discussions with several not-for-profit organisations to provide an outreach rehabilitation service, which would treat up to 10 people with drug or alcohol problems.

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Services Wide Bay clinical director Dr Kees Nydam said the facility was a fantastic idea.

“We need to be able to offer the full suite of intervention services, and a therapeutic community (such as long-term residential rehabilitation centres) is very effective for certain people,” Dr Nydam said.

He said long-term residential treatment could be more effective than short-term detoxification programs.

“With stand-alone detox, there is a 95 to 98 per cent relapse rate. Without something to back it up, they relapse in the car park,” Dr Nydam said.

About 70 people a week are treated through the program at Bundaberg Hospital.

“We’re seeing an increase in patients having problems with prescription sedatives and analgesics,” Dr Nydam said.

Bundaberg Salvation Army’s Tom Quinn Centre chaplain Don Cook said he would welcome the facility.

“There can be a long wait until there’s a vacancy (at existing facilities) and sometimes people give up,” Mr Cook said.

“If we had one locally, it would make it easier for people to be close to their families.”



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