Addressing the extensive regional hospital maintenance backlog and providing drug rehabilitation services in the Riverland are two key regional health policies which will be discussed by Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade during a two day tour of the Riverland.
Upon invitation of Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Wade will travel right across the Riverland meeting with community members and key industry stakeholders on January 22 and 23.
"I’m looking forward to visiting the Riverland once again and focusing on how our policy platforms for regional South Australia can bring about the positive change needed in our health system," said Mr Wade.
"I’ll be meeting with a wide range of people involved in the local health, mental health, and substance abuse and ageing portfolio areas to discuss the SA Liberal’s plan for regional South Australia.
"The Riverland is currently facing a number of challenging social issues, most predominantly the impact of methamphetamines, or Ice, on the local community.
"As highlighted in the Recharging Our Regions policy document, we have a comprehensive plan to address social issues and focus on our health system in regional areas such as the Riverland."
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said more needs to be done in the Riverland to combat the devastating impacts of the drug ‘Ice’.
"It’s important to have Stephen in the Riverland again to speak first hand to the local health professionals and the staff in various organisations who deal with drug and alcohol abuse daily," said Mr Whetstone.
"Through my advocacy, we have already announced that if elected in March 2018, the SA Liberals will pilot a drug rehabilitation program called the Matrix Program, which has had successful results in other parts of South Australia.
"One of my main concerns is maintenance in our Riverland hospitals which is not being addressed as part of the reported $150 million South Australian regional hospital maintenance backlog."