Fair Treatment for Tamworth

Tamworth deserves fair and equitable access to health services, including for people who use drugs! Right now people in the Tamworth community are working together to campaign for the kinds of services the region needs!

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Fair Treatment in Tamworth

Fair Treatment was invited by members of Tamworth who had previously premiered our documentary Half A Million Steps in town, to visit and present on the work of the Fair Treatment campaign and have conversations about treatment. This was also a wonderful opportunity for us to hear from Tamworth locals about their own concerns and experiences around drug use and dependency and what their needs are. 

Inspired by our work in helping to secure funding for a rehab in Dubbo, the message from local people was that the gaps in treatment services in town were great and that they wanted to work with us to make change happen in their community. There was also a willingness to have a more open and honest conversation about drugs and to learn more about why we are advocating for decriminalisation. 

Fair Treatment in the News


NBN News

A push for better, access to treatment for drug dependency in the region 

ABC Radio

Fair Treatment for Tamworth Community Planning session


Fair Treatment in the Community

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Community Forum

We heard from local doctors, nurses, teachers and other professionals, as well as staff of nearby alcohol and other drug services about the challenges for people experiencing drug dependency and other issues – such as mental health – in the region. Most have to travel hundreds of kilometres to access detox to begin their recovery journey and face waiting lists for in-demand residential rehab services more than an hour away.  

Rosalie House
Jess & Paul from Rosalie House

We visited Rosalie House, a drug health day program located in Tamworth and met some of the clients who are about to complete their 6-week program. A big theme of our discussion was around the impact of stigma in dehumanising those who experience drug dependency and the barriers this creates for people wanting help. Many community members acknowledged that there was work to be done in changing the conversation.

West Tamworth and Calala Rotary

We were invited by the West Tamworth and Calala Rotary Clubs to present on the campaign, why we want #FairTreatmentforTamworth and why we are advocating for a health response to drug dependency. We appreciated the member’s willingness and openness to discuss what can be a really challenging issue and are so grateful for the wonderful hospitality shown to us.  

Community Strategy Meeting

We gathered in Tamworth to share your stories, thoughts and ideas about how to create change in your community and – even in the face of a mean storm – to start planning for a local campaign.

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