Alcohol and other drugs

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 number of organisations to deliver alcohol and other drug treatment services and projects across Tasmania.

These include services specifically designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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.

You can find out more about these services by searching Our Services Portal.

More than 19% of Tasmanian adults drink alcohol at a rate that can lead to long-term health risk.

How we do it

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.

Within the sector, we have supported initiatives such as boosting the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples qualified to work in the field and supporting the development of a state-based framework to support the planning, funding, and delivery of local alcohol and other drug services.

We do all this in partnership with Tasmania’s key local body – the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania Inc – and the involvement of individuals with lived experience of substance misuse.

Helping Tasmanians overcome substance dependence

Damian Collins from Youth Family and Community Connections Inc. says his team follow a simple mantra for helping Tasmanians overcome substance dependence.

“We often say, ‘our counsellors provide the inspiration and the client brings the perspiration’,” the team leader (L, pictured with colleague David, R) says.

“The client is the expert in their own life and circumstances and without their direction and input, little change will come about.”

Read more about Youth, Family and Community Connections’ alcohol and other drug service in the November 2020 issue of Primary Health Matters magazine.

Mental health, alcohol and drugs

Many young Tasmanians who have a mental health condition also experience alcohol and other drug issues.

Primary Health Tasmania has received Australian Government funding to support young people in north and north west Tasmania who experience both mental health and alcohol and other drug issues.

We will use the funding to make dedicated workers available to clients of existing mental health services who also experience alcohol and other drug issues.

We are working with the Tasmanian Health Service to put this new model in place early in 2020.

This new initiative aims to improve health outcomes for this group of young people and keep them out of hospital.

It will also aim to improve integration between mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment services, and between state and federally funded services.