Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services

Planning and Commissioning Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services in the Hunter, New England and Central Coast PHN region

Our priorities for the HNECC Drug and Alcohol Treatment System

The Primary Health Network's Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment identifies a range of Local Government Areas within the region which have populations experiencing greater levels of related harm than state and national averages. It has been identified as a key priority health issue and noted as an area that the PHN has opportunities to support more integrated responses across the Drug and Alcohol Treatment system, including: 

  • More treatment and support services where current access is limited, particularly pre and post residential treatment programs

  • Prioritised resourcing for treatment and support for identified at risk and vulnerable populations

  • Access, reach and effectiveness of existing services to address ever-increasing demand for treatment

  • Increased service delivery capacity of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector in providing culturally-appropriate, holistic treatment and support.


Services commissioned

HNECC PHN has commissioned 12 Drug and Alcohol treatment and support services throughout the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Regions.

View an interactive map of where you can find a HNECC PHN-funded service, or download the service and referral directory to view provider contact details and new available services.


Drug and Alcohol Capacity Building in Primary Care Program

The Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN), University of Newcastle and Hunter Primary Care have teamed up to provide a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Capacity Building Program for primary care providers.

The following webinars will provide information and interventions to support patients presenting with drug and alcohol dependency in a primary care setting. Below is a link to the recording of the webinar...copies of the slides can be downloaded from the resources links.

 Webinar One – Recorded 6 February 2018
Ask and Assess - AOD (and comorbidity) screening

Webinar Two – Recorded 13 March 2018
Advise and Agree- AOD (and comorbid mental health) brief intervention

Webinar Three – Recorded 10 April 2018

Assist - AOD (and comorbid mental health) primary care treatment (including withdrawal and pharmacotherapy)

Webinar Four – Recorded 8 May 2018

Arrange - when and how to refer to AOD (and mental health) services


Contact Us

If you have specific questions or would like more info.