There is now a long overdue focus on drugs and their effect on communities in the South East. Yesterday, April 6th 2018, saw representatives of the area's health and support network speak to their submissions a NSW Legislative Council inquiry that was conducted in Batemans Bay. One of those making a submission was Shirley Diskon of Hope House, an organisation that provides accommodation and assistance for homeless men It was made apparent to the inquiry that much of the support on the ground in regional and rural Australia was funded out side of the State Government allocations that barely covers the basics. Ms Diskon advised the inquiry saying services on the Far South Coast do not meet the needs of everyone at-risk in the community suggesting a funded detox and rehabilitation centre should be considered. NEXT Monday 9th April 6.30pm Professor Gordian Fulde will be speaking @ St Marys Primary School Auditorium - Queen Street Moruya. Organised by the combined Rotarys in the area it is hoped that the public meeting might assist in identifying the extent of the problem and begin the process to find solutions. Professor Gordian Fulde - 2016 Senior Australian of the Year From midnight to dawn, while most people are in bed, Professor Gordian Fulde is presiding over one of Australia's busiest emergency departments. The Director of Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital and Sydney Hospital for more than three decades, Gordian is the longest serving emergency department director in Australia. The doctor on call when disaster strikes, Gordian has seen it all and is passionately outspoken about the scourge of ‘ice’ and alcohol-fuelled violence which delivers a flood of people into Australian hospitals each weekend. While you will occasionally see him appear on Kings Cross ER, Gordian is also actively involved in teaching and training students and staff in many facets of emergency medicine. A member of the Board of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, Gordian also supports many schools and community organisations, sharing his stories of working in an urban warzone, and warning of the dangers of a binge drinking culture, which is overwhelmingly the main cause of injury in Australia’s emergency departments.