Drugs and Alcohol
Project Officer: Ilana Green
Phone: 8752 4910
Mental Health GP Advisors:
Drug & Alcohol GP Advisors: Dr Hester Wilson & Dr Paul Sztolcman
IWSML’s Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Projects aim to improve and enhance the generalist psychiatry and drug and alcohol assessment, diagnostic and management skills of family physicians, local doctors and allied health professionals. The aim is to improve timely access to evidence based quality treatments for their patients presenting with mental health and drug and alcohol problems.
IWSML does this through a range of activities including:
- developing shared care partnerships between doctors and specialist psychiatry and psychology services
- coordinating professional development programs
- auspicing a strategic advisory committee which brings doctors and specialists together to discuss and sort out issues
- providing advice to doctors about how they can access various Australian Government funded treatment and support services for their patients
Please contact Ilana Green for referral pathway enquiries.
Local Services and Referral Pathways
Health Professional Support and Provider Directories
- Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASS): This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides patient management advice for health professionals treating those with drug and alcohol problems ph: 9361 8006
- GP Psychiatry Support: provides patient management advice from a psychiatrist within 24 hours, at no cost
- RANZCP- Find a Psychiatrist: this service provided by the Royal Australian and New Zealand Collage of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) lists consultant psychiatrists in private practice in Australia
- Directory of Medical and Allied Health Practitioners in Mental Health: this service maintained by BeyondBlue lists GPs, Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses all who provide mental health services, it also identifies which providers bulk bill
- Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN):a directory containing information about treatment services, research, statistics, guidelines, journals, policy, campaigns, events and professional development opportunities.
Sydney Local Health District
- Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Services intake number ph: 9515 6311, hours of operation 0830 to 1700 Monday to Friday
- SLHD Drug Health Services: this document lists the drug health services in the inner west of Sydney
Local Private Hospitals
- St John of God: the nearest facility is located at Burwood ph: 02 9715 9200. This hospital has 86 beds and provides both inpatient and outpatient programs.
- Wesley Private Hospital: These hospitals are located at Ashfield and Kograh ph: 1300 924 552, services include treatment programs, day programs and inpatient facilities
Education and Training
Community Treatment Services and Support Programs
Below are a number of useful treatment options and support services for patients.
- headspace Central Sydney: headspace offers support for young people aged 12-25 who experience mental health and drug and alcohol issues
- Co.As.It Italian Language and Community Service: provides a number of welfare and community services to the Italian community
- Detour House: this service provides a three month rehabilitation program to women experiencing drug and/or alcohol issues
- Foundation House: provides inpatient services for those affected by drug and alcohol dependence, also has a number of day programs and groups
- Kathleen York House: a residential treatment program for women and their children
- Alcoholics Anonymous: support groups for people experiencing alcohol issues
- Narcotics Anonymous: support groups for people experiencing narcotic dependence
- Guthrie House: a three month rehabilitation program for women involved in the criminal justice system
- We Help Ourselves (WHOS): provides an inpatient rehabilitation program for men and women
- Odyssey House: offers a range of programs for those affected by drug and alcohol misuse
- Regent House: a private clinic for opioid dependent patients
- Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS): this service offer support, information, advice, crisis counseling and referral to services in NSW ph: 9361 8000, this service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
- Family Drug Support: this service supports families affected by alcohol and other drugs through support meetings, helpline and education, ph:1300 368 186, 24 hours a day, 7days per week
- Cannabis Information and Helpline:this helpline is available from 2pm–11pm Sunday to Friday and provides information and support to those affected by cannabis, ph: 1800 30 40 50
- Quitline:this service operates 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and assists people wishing to quit smoking ph: 13 18 48
- SMART Recovery Australia: this website offers online forums for people with addictive behaviors and a helpline ph: 9373 5100
- Counselling Online: this service provides free alcohol and drug counselling ph: 1800 888 236, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
- Reduce Your Use: this service provided by the National Cannabis and Information Centre (NCPIC) is an online program to assist cannabis users to reduce their intake
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Clinician Resources
Below are a number of resources and publications for clinicians.
Clinical Audit Tools
A list of clinical audit tools to use in primary care settings.
Below are links to a number of useful websites where you can find drug and alcohol information.
Drug and Alcohol
This is a list of research programs for drug and alcohol.