Alcohol and other drugs

Tackling the misuse of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) to create safer communities is one of our priorities. To address substance misuse, we fund AOD treatment services across Australia, including residential rehabilitation, counselling, referral, transitional aftercare and sobering up shelters.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander‑specific alcohol and other drug treatment services

We support Indigenous AOD treatment & related support services across Australia.

The range of services we provide funding for  include: early intervention, treatment and prevention, residential rehabilitation, transitional aftercare and outreach support.

Elements of support  include: access to sobering up shelters, advocacy and referral, counselling, mediation, case management, youth specific support, education and health promotion, cultural and capacity building, and life skills support.

AOD policy development relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

We work with the Northern Territory Government on elements of the new National Partnership on Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment.

We are working with the Commonwealth Department of Health on the Government’s response to the National Ice Taskforce Final Report.

We also have responsibility for input and response to Government and stakeholder reviews. These reviews include parliamentary inquiries such as the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities.

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