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Moreland Hall Welcomes Federal Funding Extension for Essential Services Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail

Melbourne, VIC, 23rd May, 2012 – UnitingCare Moreland Hall, the lead alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the announcement that two of its key programs would receive a further three year’s Federal funding. The agency had previously been advised by the Department of Health and Ageing that it’s Intensive Support Service (ISS) and Hume Youth and Family Drug Service (HYP-d) were to be discontinued, along with a wide range of essential programs provided by other agencies across Victoria.

Moreland Hall CEO, Laurence Alvis, said:

Two weeks ago, we were told that these programs were going to be cut. Obviously we were disappointed that these two programs were to finish and called on the Commonwealth Government to reconsider the funding for these and other defunded services, which are critical for the support of people across Victoria with AOD issues.

We have now been informed by the Department of Health and Aging that the decision has been reviewed and HYP-d and ISS programs will be funded for a further three years.

We welcome this outcome and commend the Federal Government for listening to the community’s concerns about cuts to essential treatment and support services. It is heartening to see that people amongst the most vulnerable in our community have not been forced to bear the brunt of budget cuts.

This is a great outcome for Moreland Hall and the people who use our services. We are also pleased to learn that many other key Victorian AOD services that were facing closure, as a result of the proposed cuts to their funding, have also had their funding restored for a further three years This will ensure the maintaining of capacity of the AOD sector to meet the needs of Victorians seeking to overcome the impacts of AOD misuse.

Moreland Hall’s ISS program provides an innovative model for working with people with complex and interrelated needs, including AOD dependence, mental health concerns, acquired brain injury, homelessness etc. Providing a more intensive and comprehensive response for people whose needs are not well served by standard, time-limited counselling approaches, the program was a finalist at the National Drug & Alcohol Awards in its second year of operation.

The HYP-d program works with young people and families in the under-resourced growth areas in Hume municipality. The program provides a range of interventions to support families and develop integrated responses by local service providers to AOD-related harms occurring within their communities.


For further information or comment please contact Laurence Alvis on (03) 9384 8880.

Background about Moreland Hall: UnitingCare Moreland Hall is the lead Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania. Moreland Hall has been operating since 1970 and provides a range of treatment and education services, including withdrawal and rehabilitation programs, counselling and support in the community and at Victorian prisons, professional development, drug diversion programs, supported accommodation and youth and family programs.