On 6 December 2015, the Australian Government announced the release of the Australian Government Response to the National Ice Taskforce’s Final Report (the Response). The response included establishing a role for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in the planning and commissioning of drug and alcohol treatment services, to reduce the harms associated with drugs and alcohol, with a focus on methamphetamine use in the community, including Indigenous-specific services.
The objectives of this activity included:
• Increasing the service delivery capacity of the drug and alcohol treatment sector through improved regional coordination and by targeting areas of need
• Improving the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment services for individuals requiring support and treatment, by increasing coordination between various sectors, and improving sector efficiency.
As a result of regional needs-based and targeted planning, HNECC PHN identified the following priorities for the HNECC Drug and Alcohol Treatment System:
1. Increased service delivery capacity of the drug and alcohol treatment sector in providing greater treatment and support for identified vulnerable populations including; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, pregnant women and/or those with young children, youth (16 – 24 years), and people exiting the justice system
2. Increased pre & post residential drug and alcohol treatment support services
3. Increased treatment and support for people identified as experiencing co-occurring harmful substance use and mental illness
4. Increased service delivery capacity of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector in providing culturally-appropriate, holistic treatment and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who experience harmful substance use
HNECC PHN has commissioned 12 Drug and Alcohol treatment and support services throughout the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Regions.
What we’ve contributed to the HNECC Region:
• 1260 new treatment places
• 6 new Drug and Alcohol Services
• 20 additional residential beds
• New Aboriginal Withdrawal Management Services
• More Supported Aftercare Programs
Details of current providers of funded drug and alcohol services in our region can be downloaded from the list below.
HNECC PHN Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services
Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Access Line - 4394 4880 - contact the Access Line for information and advice regarding alcohol and other drugs, and/or referral to Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Services.
Drug & Alcohol Triage and Referral Service (DATARS) – 1300 660 059- phone assessments, brief advice and referrals to Hunter New England Health Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services.
New National Alcohol and Other Drugs Hotline – 1800 250 015
As per the National Ice Action Strategy (NIAS) a national alcohol and other drugs hotline has been established and is now operational. Callers will be directed to the appropriate service within their state.
In NSW this service is being provided by the Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS). ADIS is a 24 hour the day or week helpline for education, information, support, crisis counselling and referral to services in NSW.
Quitline - 13 78 48 - 7 days/week quit smoking information and counselling
Family Drug Support (FDS) Line – 1300 368 186 - 24hrs, 7 days/week providing support to families affected by alcohol and other drugs