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 eight organisations to deliver alcohol and other drug treatment services and projects across Tasmania until June 2019.
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.
More than 18% 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.
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.