For some people, the consumption of alcohol and other drugs can develop into a chronic, relapsing condition that requires specialist support to overcome.
Primary Health Tasmania has funded a range of organisations to deliver alcohol and other drug treatment services and projects across Tasmania until June 2019, including services specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our commissioned activity
Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned organisations across the state to deliver alcohol and other drug treatment, including services specifically available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tasmanians.
More than 18% of Tasmanian adults drink alcohol at a rate that can lead to long-term health risk.
Working in partnership
Broadly speaking, our commissioned services and projects fall into two categories: working with the community and working with the sector.
Treatment interventions are available for the Tasmanian community to provide screening, counselling, case management and more. This includes digital methods such as apps, which can be researched and rated in the Digital Health Guide.
Within the sector, we support initiatives such as boosting the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples qualified to work in the field and increasing the capacity of general practice.
We do all this in partnership with Tasmania’s key local body – the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania (ATDC) – and the involvement of individuals with lived experience of substance misuse.
We are also working with the Tasmanian Department of Health, Tasmanian Health Service, ATDC, service providers and consumers to develop a framework to guide the planning, funding and delivery of alcohol and other drug services in Tasmania.