The Victorian Early Intervention Pilot Program (VEIPP) is a combined Victoria Police, Department of Health, Eastern Access Community Health and Turning Point initiative that seeks to provide a holistic to combating alcohol abuse by young people in Maroondah.
The Maroondah Leader has reported on the program which is being piloted within the City of Maroondah:
Mayor Alex Makin said Maroondah had the highest level of alcohol-related harm and the second highest alcohol-related injuries in the eastern region.
The program will link younger people with health and counselling services to try and intervene prior to the involvement within the justice system and the courts. This will work towards reducing the worrying trends of alcohol abuse that have been emerging within the municipality.
Maroondah’s Community Wellbeing Plan identified the need to promote healthier lifestyles and to address the level of at-risk alcohol consumption. As a result, it is encouraging that several agencies are working together to combat this growing problem within Maroondah.