Use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, inclusive of prescribed medications and illicit substances, can have an impact on the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
Our goal is to work collaboratively with others to increase access to evidence-based treatment and supports for those that need it, especially for people at risk of poor health outcomes, who may be living in areas of high need, or who are not currently getting access to a service.
We are particularly focused on:
- Building capability of the primary care and generalist health workforce to recognise and respond to alcohol and other drug issues in a coordinated, integrated and person-centred way.
- Increasing the focus on intervening early, keeping people well and supporting those who may be experiencing mild to moderate problems with alcohol and drug use to help reduce the need for hospitals and specialist services.
- In partnership with community, developing holistic, targeted and culturally appropriate approaches to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people and reduce harm from alcohol and other drug use.
- Improving responses to people who are also experiencing problems with their mental or physical health.
- Supporting strategies which encourage responsible and safer prescribing practices and medication management.
- Coordinating efforts to improve referral pathways and the joint care of people between services.
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