UWA’s Thriving-DAYS program for young people with substance abuse problems gets Comm Bank grant

UWA’s Thriving-DAYS program for young people with substance abuse problems gets Comm Bank grant

YOUNG West Australians struggling with drug and alcohol abuse will benefit from a community grant given to the University of Western Australia.

Commonwealth Bank staff awarded $9600 to the Thriving-DAYS program, which is part of the WA Drug and Alcohol Youth Services (DAYS) program.

In partnership with the UWA Exercise and Performance Centre, the program is designed to support the physical and mental health of youth undergoing treatment for substance use disorders, and the role of exercise within drug and alcohol programs.

UWA exercise physiologist lecturer and head researcher for the program Dr Bonnie Furzer said exercise implemented in adults with substance-use disorders had demonstrated benefits, but youth services were severely under-serviced in WA.

“Substance use disorders are a common mental health disorder experienced by young people, with 12.7 per cent of Australian youths estimated to have a SUD,” she said.

“Youth taking part in SUD residential treatment programs are significantly at-risk for short and long-term impacts on health, which may be exacerbated by inactivity.”

Commonwealth Bank gave five organisations in the western suburbs grants, with Paediatric Nursing Services, EDGE Employment, Princess Margaret Hospital and Kalparrin also receiving grants of up to $10,000 each.

Commonwealth Bank WA area manager Karen Reid said the organisations were wholly committed to the wellbeing of young Australians.

“It’s a great source of pride for our staff and the Commonwealth Bank to support so many worthy programs in Jolimont, Subiaco and Crawley through these grants,” she said.

“We are grateful for the generosity of more than 13,000 current and retired staff who donate to the Staff Community Fund to make this possible.”