$53 million to expand domestic violence Safer Pathway state-wide

Easier access: Leslie Williams MP says Safer Pathway in the Mid-North Coast Local Area Command (LAC) to roll out from September 2017.

Easier access: Leslie Williams MP says Safer Pathway in the Mid-North Coast Local Area Command (LAC) to roll out from September 2017.

The NSW government has announced that people experiencing domestic and family violence will receive tailored, multi-agency support with the roll out of Safer Pathway in the Mid-North Coast Local Area Command (LAC) from September 2017.

The Safer Pathway aims to ensure every domestic violence victim across NSW receives a consistent and effective response.

Courageous victims who have been left traumatised will have easier access to the services and will not have to re-tell their story to a number of government agencies.

Safer Pathway integrates local police, health, corrections, Family and Community Services, education, and local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services, to create a streamlined referral pathway for victims who are ‘at threat’ or ‘at serious threat’ to their life, health or safety.

The NSW government has committed $53 million over four years to expand Safer Pathway state-wide, with 21 new locations already rolled out in 2016-17. 

Safer Pathway will change the lives of those affected by domestic violence in our community. 

Students offered free meningococcal W vaccine

Parents of year 11 and 12 students are urged to check school bags for consent forms for a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to protect their children against this rare but deadly disease.

The state government’s $9 million NSW Meningococcal W Response Program was introduced due to an unprecedented outbreak of meningococcal W disease in Australia. 

The most vulnerable group is those in their late teens. Meningococcal W is now the most common strain in Australia, virtually tripling in NSW in 2015-2016. It also has tripled the mortality rate of other strains.

Since 2013, the NSW government has committed $5.5 million towards the Save the Date vaccination campaign. 

For NSW data on all meningococcal cases, refer to: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Pages/data.aspx.

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