Primary Health Networks

  • Funding of $241.5 million over four years from 1 July 2016 has been allocated to PHNs to commission additional drug and alcohol treatment services – including $78.6 million for Indigenous-specific services.
  • This investment, together with existing funding in drug and alcohol treatment of $75 million per annum, demonstrates the Commonwealth’s commitment to helping people overcome alcohol and drug misuse and contributes to reducing the cost of harm to the individual, community and the health system.
  • PHNs are commissioning a range of evidence‑based treatment options including:
    • early intervention targeting less problematic drug use, including Brief Intervention;
    • counselling;
    • withdrawal management with pathways to post-acute withdrawal support and relapse prevention;
    • residential rehabilitation with pathways to post-acute withdrawal support and relapse prevention;
    • day stay rehabilitation and other intensive non-residential programs
    • post treatment support and relapse prevention; and
    • case management, care planning and coordination.

Local Drug Action Teams

  • The Australian Government has provided funding to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to establish up to 220 Local Drug Action Teams across Australia.
  • Local Drug Action Teams will provide a structure for the community to work together to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug misuse within their local communities.
  • The Local Drug Action Teams program was launched on 23 December 2016 by the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Media release Applications open today for local community drug action teams to tackle ice
  • The first 40 Local Drug Action Teams were announced on 3 April 2017 by the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Media release Local Drug Action Teams rolling out across Australia to battle the scourge of ice
  • The next opportunity to apply to become a Local Drug Action Team starts on 1 June 2017. Future application rounds will take place approximately every six months.
  • The Government encourages all community groups and organisations to look at opportunities within their region and start building partnerships to become part of the LDAT program.

Further information about the Local Drug Action Team program is available on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website

Good Sports Program

  • The Australian Government has provided funding to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for the Good Sports Program.
  • Good Sports is a national prevention program for grass roots community sporting clubs which aims to encourage cultural change in behaviours and attitudes regarding alcohol through provision of high quality information and education services, community capacity building programs and advocacy.
  • There are approximately 7800 clubs currently participating in Good Sports with a forecast of up to 9,000 clubs expected to be participating in the program by 2018.
  • Funding has been provided to expand the Good Sports Program to include a module titled “Tackling Illegal Drugs”, which was officially launched on 21 March 2017 by the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Media release Funding to help sporting groups tackle illegal drugs.
  • Tackling Illegal Drugs forums are being run through Good Sports Clubs to assist in developing and implementing illegal drugs policies and build confidence of club leaders and members to prevent and manage illegal drug related issues in a supportive, structured and consistent manner.
  • Sporting Clubs are encouraged to contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation and join the Good Sports Program if they wish to be involved.

Counselling Online

  • Counselling Online is a free counselling service for people using alcohol and other drugs, their family members and friends. The service aims to improve community access to drug treatment and referral services by offering online text-based counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test and Brief Intervention

  • The Australian Government has provided funding to the University of Adelaide to continue and to expand the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test and Brief Intervention (ASSIST-BI) across primary health, mental health, community correctional settings and emergency care sectors.
  • The ASSIST on Ice resource (instructional video and training manual) has recently been developed and released.
  • Access the Assist Portal for further information, including resources and the ASSIST e-learning package.




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