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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services

Our priorities

Our PHN'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.

A key priority is to identify 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

Download a list of our commissioned D & A treatment service providers

Drug and Alcohol Capacity Building in Primary Care Program

The PHN partnered with the University of Newcastle and Hunter Primary Care to provide a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Capacity Building Program for primary care providers. Below are some of the initiatives developed.


The following webinar recordings provide information and interventions to support patients presenting with drug and alcohol dependency in a primary care setting. Copies of the presentation 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

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