Working together to tailor services to individual needs
Alcohol and other drug use can significantly impact a person's behaviour and harm their physical and mental health, self-esteem, relationships, home and work life. We work with our commissioned partners, local service providers and communities to prevent alcohol and other drug harm, and better support people with alcohol and other drug-related issues.
Reducing alcohol and other drug-related harm
We are guided by the National Drug Strategy and National Ice Action Strategy.
Our aim is to reduce the harm associated with alcohol and other drugs, with a focus on limiting methamphetamine use in the community.
Search our stories of success to find out more about some of the initiatives we support.
Commissioned service partners
We have funded several programs to address alcohol and other drug use, prevent harm, and build capability in primary health care and our communities.
These programs have helped people with a dependence on alcohol and other drugs by improving access to care, reach and expertise across the region.
Building local capability
Information, resources and business tools are available to support you in delivering care to people with alcohol and other drug-related issues.
You can also find more clinical supports for GPs and other health professionals under the headings below.
Communities of Practice
31 clinical Communities of Practice (CoP), including alcohol and other drugs, have been established to support the response to COVID-19. The purpose of the multidisciplinary CoPs is to support clinicians to network and share strategies, find out more on the NSW Health website.
Drug & Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS)
DASAS is a free 24/7 telephone service that provides general advice to health professionals who require assistance with the clinical diagnosis and management of patients with alcohol and other drug related concerns. Call 1800 023 687 or visit the website.
Flyers for general practice
We have developed some flyers for general practice with localised information about drug and alcohol services.
- Managing alcohol and drug related issues in the Illawarra Shoalhaven
- Managing alcohol and drug related issues in Southern NSW
Opioid Treatment Line (OTL)
OTL provides information, referrals, support and a forum for pharmacotherapy concerns. Call 1800 642 428 from Monday to Friday, 9:30am–5:30pm or visit the website.
Please see the information below to find some clinical training resources for GPs and other health professionals.
- Alcohol and other drug GP education program: the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has a free education program to help strengthen GP capacity to address alcohol and other drug use.
- Better Pain Prescribing – Clarity and confidence in opioid management: 6-module course from the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
- Deprescribing opioids: a COORDINARE video for GPs.
- Drug and alcohol addiction online course: Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine course features self-paced online content, informative case study videos, patient reflection, and the opportunity to explore patient cases and receive real time advice within a live webinar session.
- Addiction & Substance Use Disorder webinar: accredited webinar from the GP Psychiatry Support Line.
- Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC): assists health professionals improve knowledge, skills and practices around providing opioid treatment.
- A practical guide to alcohol home detox for GPs webinar: primary care has a critical role to play in the support and management of individuals with mild to moderate alcohol disorder.
- University of Sydney resources: the Matilda Centre have developed PHN webinars on alcohol and other drugs.
For all health professionals
- Alcohol and mental health webinar: Alcohol Misuse and Mental Health webinar from the Black Dog Institute.
- Comorbidity guidelines and training webinars: advice for managing co-occurring alcohol and other drugs, and mental health conditions.
- Information about older people and alcohol: a presentation from NSW Health.
- Online modules about prescription medicine: information about managing prescription medication risk and driving constructive conversations.
- Australian College of Nursing: a number of drug and alcohol training and CPD opportunities are available.
We have investigated strategies to better meet the needs of the local community. See the resources below for more information:
- Model for the delivery of community-based AOD interventions for young people – Lives Lived Well
- Peer workforce models in alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment – Lives Lived Well
- Residential rehabilitation compared to the delivery of community-based AOD interventions for young people – Lives Lived Well