Alcohol and Other Drugs

Our focus is on providing services that respond to people as a whole.

People affected by alcohol and drug use, including individuals and their families, often also experience problems with mental health or have poor physical health.

We focus on providing services that respond to people ‘as a whole’ and encourage the joining up of services to make it easier for people to get the support they need.

We work collaboratively to plan and fund quality treatment and support services and improve the skills of the health workforce to better support those who seek help.

We are also committed to improving the early detection of harmful alcohol and other drug use – through screening and brief intervention – to potentially avoid serious or longer-term health and social problems.

Our Priorities

  • Investing in accredited, evidence-based and culturally appropriate treatment services in areas of high need.
  • Building capability within primary care to recognise and respond to alcohol and drug use in a holistic, person-centred way.
  • Prioritising integrated solutions to increase access and improve effectiveness of responses to comorbidities inclusive of mental and physical health.

Key Activities

Roebourne alcohol and other drug support for children: Therapeutic services delivered as part of a coordinated, multi-agency approach to prevent and reduce harm from drug and alcohol use among children aged 8-14 years and their families in Roebourne.

Peer Support SMaRT: Engagement of peer workers to facilitate the Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMaRT) group program to support individuals with co-occurring alcohol and other drug issues and mental illness.

Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Outreach Hub: An integrated treatment and support service for young people aged 12-25 years in the Perth Metropolitan area at risk of or experiencing problems with alcohol and other drug use.

Support for women who are pregnant or parenting: Specialist treatment and support service designed to minimise the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug use on maternal, foetal and child health and wellbeing.

Key Achievements

  • Continued to build the capability and confidence of primary care practitioners to talk to their patients about alcohol and drug use through education and training initiatives including hosting 11 TADPole (Treating Alcohol and Drugs in Primary Care) events, attended by 60 people. Participants overwhelming reported that the learning outcomes and their learning needs were entirely met and that the education activities were relevant to their practice.
  • Continued to commission culturally appropriate drug and alcohol services including 18 dedicated services for Aboriginal people across the State.  
  • Participated in the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drug Community Services Taskforce to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with existing or emerging alcohol and other drug use issues.
  • Completed a nurse led patient recall and practice improvement project in regional and metropolitan WA, as part of a number of ongoing strategies to improve Hepatitis C screening and treatment rates in general practice.
  • Supported the coordinated commissioning of specialist treatment and support services through active engagement with the WA Mental Health Commission and WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies.
  • Following clinically and culturally focused collaboration and research guided by a multi organisational steering group, implemented the Roebourne alcohol and other drug support for children model, including the commissioning of alcohol and other drug, mental health, family case management and therapeutic services.
  • Acknowledged nationally, with a senior counsellor from one of our commissioned services receiving the Australian Heath Care Worker of the Year award in recognition of his work with communities in the remote Northern Goldfields.

Case Study

Our Priorities

The work we do across our seven pillars, or priority areas, helps those at risk of poor health outcomes by addressing health inequity and improving access to services that transform and save lives. Read about this year’s achievements and some of the great work being done with our key partners and the deliver better health, together.

Aboriginal Health

Improving the health of Aboriginal Western Australians is a critical concern.

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Aged Care

We are committed to increasing access for older Western Australians to primary healthcare.

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Our focus is on providing services that respond to people as a whole.

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Digital Health

Digital health helps us to identify priorities, link services, and fund options for better primary care.

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Health Workforce

We build the capacity and capability ofthe primary healthcare workforce to help more people access the care they need.

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Mental Health

We know that mental ill health is one the biggest health challenges forWestern Australians.

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Population Health

Improving population health contributes to the wellbeing of communities across our State.

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