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Emma Kealy MP:
Vulnerable Victorians spiralling to crisis point while Labor turns a blind eye

Unreported performance data on close monitoring of clients who had gone further treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

By news@gippsland - 24th February 2021 - Back to News

Daniel Andrews likes to claim his Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) is saving lives, but has failed to report key performance data showing how many people have sought further treatment to get their life back on track. A key measure of the MSIRs performance is data showing how many clients have gone on to seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

Victorians are seeking the MSIR performance report on the  actual data of drug and alcohol addiction who sought for referrals

Victorians are seeking the MSIR performance report on the actual data of drug and alcohol addiction who sought for referrals

Questionable data accuracy

Under pressure from Liberal Nationals members at Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) yesterday to provide the data, Department of Health Secretary Professor Euan Wallace revealed these numbers were not being reported to the DoH. Prof Wallace confirmed that tracking these referrals was still a key performance measure for the MSIR. The Andrews Labor Government must explain if this data just isnt being reported or if it is, why its being kept secret.

How many have got their life back on track?

A review of MSIR found there was "no observable difference in the number of people who have died from heroin overdoses before and after the establishment of the MSIR, either in the City of Yarra or across Victoria".

Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy said, "The Andrews Labor Government says this facility is saving lives, but cant or wont say how many clients have actually got their life back on track." The Governments focus is on measuring overdoses and resuscitations rather than also making sure clients are getting the help they need before its too late. This Government must prioritise helping people get on the road out of addiction, rather than sitting back and turning a blind eye while vulnerable Victorians continue the downward spiral to crisis point."

Pictures from The Police Association Victoria.


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