Alcohol and other drugs commissioned services, research and resources are provided to assist the South Western Sydney community manage drug and alcohol related health issues.
Some alcohol and other drugs facts:
- 25.9 per cent of adults over 16 years of age drink alcohol at levels putting their health at risk (compared to 22.1 per cent across NSW)
- More people are misusing pharmacy medications across Australia, with a large increase in men aged 30 to 39 years and women aged 40 to 49 years
- Methamphetamine related hospitalisations have risen
- Cannabis and binge drinking are the main concern in young people
- People who use drugs and alcohol are more likely to experience a mental health problem
Source: South Western Sydney PHN-led a Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment in 2016 [PDF | 28 pages | 635kb]
Why we need to stop alcohol and drug misuse
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality. Long-term adverse health effects of high consumption of alcohol include cardiovascular disease, some cancers, nutrition-related conditions, risk to unborn babies, cirrhosis of the liver, mental health conditions, tolerance and dependence, long-term cognitive impairment, and self-harm.
Drug misuse includes use of illicit substances, misuse of pharmaceutical medication (ie prescription or over the counter medications), as well as the misuse of household substance. Drug misuse impacts on both mental and physical health.
Alcohol and other drugs action plan
In consultation with key stakeholders, SWSPHN developed an action plan to address the impact of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use on our community.
The plan aims to:
Support the increase in primary healthcare capacity to manage drug and alcohol related health issues by:
- Developing support through a professional network
- Improved integration with LHD services through GP liaison support
- GP registrar training to increase knowledge skills and confidence in addiction medicine
- Development of treatment protocols, decision support tools and referral pathways
Develop treatment services prioritising higher need groups including youth, homeless, parents with children, people exiting the justice system and other at-risk groups utilising the following treatment models. The services provide.
- Psychological counselling
- Withdrawal management
- Rehabilitation (non-residential)
- Indigenous specific Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services.
The plan also aims to increase the cultural competency of mainstream drug treatment services when treating Indigenous populations.
Alcohol and other drugs services
Services have been commissioned to provide greater support to the local community. These services are available for people with drug use issues and their families/carers.
A number service options are available for the community. Talk to your GP about your health needs and they can support you to find the most suitable services.
Primary Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Drug and Alcohol Services brochure:
For a summary of services which are funded by SWSPHN and free for individuals, download the Primary Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Drug and Alcohol Services brochure [PDF | 8 pages | 1.44mb]
South Western Sydney Local Health District drug health services:
A number of programs are available through South Western Sydney LHD.
Visit the SWSLHD website for more information.
For a summary of all local services, download the South Western Sydney Drug and Alcohol Services Directory [PDF | 2 pages | 256kb]
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline
Call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.