Work of Odyssey House applauded in Parliament

26 June 2015

Friday 26 June 2015

The work of Odyssey House’s 15 bed residential rehabilitation facility at Molyullah has been praised in Parliament.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan acknowledged management and staff this week for the excellent work being done in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Ms Ryan, who visited the facility recently, said the Circuit Breaker program was making a profound difference in the lives of participants.

“Three residents at various stages of the six week Circuit Breaker program gave me a tour of the facility,” Ms Ryan said.

“Their personal stories and experiences demonstrated how powerful Odyssey House's treatment programs are.

“The residents all pitch in with jobs and maintenance around the grounds including cooking, gathering firewood, feeding the chooks and maintaining the vegetable garden which in turn provides produce used in the kitchen.

“There is a clear understanding of respect, trust and openness between staff and residents.

“I commend CEO Dr Stefan Gruenert and Odyssey House Circuit Breaker Program Manager Andrew Hick and staff for the dedication they have in seeing the program continue.”

Ms Ryan said over the past five years, there had been a 230 per cent increase in the number of clients presenting to Odyssey House Victoria who were using crystal methamphetamines. 

“Whilst the use of crystal methamphetamines in Victoria has been on the rise during the last five years, alcohol is still responsible for 40 to 50 per cent of the drug and alcohol related issues in Australia,” Ms Ryan said.

“Investment across all levels of drug and alcohol related issues is needed.

“I encourage the Labor Government to carefully consider what funding is being put towards this important issue.”




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