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  • Sep 9, 2009

    LYFT- A new initiative to assist families and young people address risky drinking

    A new program that is one of the key initiatives of the Brumby Labor Government Victorian Alcohol Action Plan 2008 - 2013 is being launched by Anglicare Victoria in Knox today (Wednesday 9 September). Linking Youth and Families Together (LYFT) is designed to assist young people and families address difficult issues related to alcohol.

    The $1.7 million pilot program aims to reduce the harm to young people (aged between 12- 21) years from alcohol by improving communication, strengthening the family, encouraging treatment, health and well being options.

    "The increasing use and misuse of alcohol is sadly not news to Victorians- alcohol can cause significant harm and discord within families. Yet there are approaches that can help those affected by alcohol and we are pleased to be piloting an innovative new approach to assist young people and their families, said Dr Rev Ray Cleary, CEO, Anglicare Victoria

    "This program will provide a flexible approach that is tailored to the needs of the young person and their family. It will provide referral and assessment, case co-ordination, individual and family therapeutic counselling and secondary consultations"

    "We are confident that working closely with both young people and their families will yield positive results that will lead to better choices being made around alcohol and lead to improved long term health benefits," Dr Cleary said.

    Anglicare Victoria will operate this program from five locations in the Eastern, Southern and Gippsland Regions.

    Mental Health Minister Lisa Neville said the therapeutic program was a key element of the Brumby Labor Government's five-year, $37.2 million Alcohol Action Plan to address the significant human and economic impact of alcohol abuse.

    "We are taking action on alcohol misuse, to reduce binge drinking and abuse among young Victorians by providing early intervention and prevention initiatives to encourage problem drinkers to seek help or change their drinking habits," Ms Neville said.

    "People who drink regularly at high levels increase their risk of chronic illness, injury and premature death through accidents of violence.

    "Acting early in abuse and life getting to the cause of alcohol abuse can prevent a life-time of hurt to themselves, their family and the community."

    Launch details: The media are invited to the launch at 666 Mountain Highway, Bayswater at 2.00pm.

    Jenny Potten, Deputy CEO Community Services, Anglicare Victoria will officially launch the program along with Mr. Paul Smith, Acting Executive Director, Mental Health & Drugs Division, Department of Health.


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