Pregnant women in western Sydney who are struggling with drug addiction will get more help as a part of a near-$9 million funding boost aimed at helping them get clean and become better mums.
Specialist drug and alcohol services will now be accessible to an extra 300 expecting mothers in the greater western Sydney region, the NSW government announced on Sunday.
The treatment services will target women with a history of drug use over the past five years, and provide post-birth rehabilitation including help to avoid relapsing or ending up on the streets.
Assistant Health Minister Pru Goward says the investment is needed to help break the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage for families with addiction history.
"Children deserve to grow up in a drug free home," Ms Goward said.
"This is why this extra investment in greater western Sydney will support more mothers to get off drugs and be the best parent they can be".
The $8.8 million funding package will also focus on providing long term intensive, individualised care to people with severe substance dependency and work to reduce the number of presentations at emergency departments, she said.