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Detox partnership wins VHA award

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A partnership between Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, Gippsland Lakes Complete Health and Gippsland East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-op addressing the lack of a local detox bed, won the Member s Award at last week’s annual Victorian Health Association’s two day conference.

The lack of an inpatient detoxification bed in the Gippsland region had been a significant issue for a number of years.  Many of this client group in East Gippsland would not leave the community to access services so were not receiving the ideal care.   BRHS, GLCH and GEGAC developed the Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal Pathway which is used for planned and unplanned withdrawal admissions. Development of this pathway included education of the local General Practitioners.

GLCH CEO, Sue Medson OAM and Therese Tierney, CEO at BRHS were both on hand to receive the prestigious award from Minister Martin Foley. Click HERE for more information and to view the award poster.