MACKILLOP FAMILY SERVICES, FOR THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE FAMILY SUPPORT (SAFS) SERVICE
MacKillop Family Services’ Substance Abuse Family Support (SAFS) Service commenced as a pilot in 1996 and has been consistently funded through the Victorian Department of Health and Ageing since 1999. The SAFS service assists families living in Western Melbourne where one or both parents are experiencing prescription medication, illicit substance or alcohol misuse.
The program aims to reduce the impact of parental substance misuse on dependent children by assisting parents to understand how their drug and alcohol misuse affects their children, and to assist them in the reduction or cessation of their drug or alcohol use to minimise risk of relapse.
SAFS provides a holistic range of strategies and services to support families, which are further enhanced through the collaborative interagency relationships that have been developed by the service since 1996.
Pictured: Richard Cooke – NAPCAN Chief Executive Officer, Principal Commissioner Bernie Geary OAM – Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Katrina McClement – MacKillop Family Services, Hazel Hayes – MacKillop Family Services, Madelene McGrath – NAPCAN National Stakeholder Manager, David Cameron – MacKillop Family Services.