Drug and alcohol

In November 2015, Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced an investment of almost $300 million over four years to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention, support and community engagement to tackle ice.

Principal to this announcement has been the $241.5 million for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to commission more drug and alcohol treatment services from 1 July 2016, including indigenous-specific services, based on what is necessary and appropriate to the needs of their local communities.

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN is well-placed to fund services on the basis of local needs and ensure the coordination of services across the continuum of care. The organisation will work closely with the Department during our transition into this new role.

New hotline

As per the National Ice Action Strategy (NIAS) a national alcohol and other drugs hotline has been established.

The National AOD hotline will be operational from 15 July 2017.

Community members from anywhere in Australia will be able to call – 1800 250 015 and 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.