Through the PHN Program, Capital Health Network provides funding to a range of drug and alcohol (AOD) treatment service providers in the primary care sector in the ACT.  CHN aims to support region-specific, cross-sectorial and integrated approaches to drug and alcohol treatment services based on locally identified needs.  We have worked closely with the ACT drug and alcohol service sector to meet the needs of our community.

Data from the 2015 Service User’s Satisfaction and Outcomes Survey (SUSOS) shows that 400-500 people access specialist drug and alcohol treatment services in the ACT on any single day.

In 2017/18, ACT PHN-funded drug and alcohol treatment services provided over 1,000 closed treatment episodes to more than 1,500 clients.

Services provided to the ACT community included both mainstream and Indigenous-specific specialist drug and alcohol counselling and case management services.  The following services have been funded during 2017/18:
  • Specialist AOD Counselling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the ACT Health Alcohol and Drug Service
  • AOD Case Management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the Connection Outreach Service, Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation
  • Specialist AOD Counselling through assertive outreach at the Reaching Out Program, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
  • Specialist AOD Case Management through assertive outreach at the Support Connections Program, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
  • Community-based specialist AOD counselling for people linked with the criminal justice system at the Karralika Justice Service
  • Alcohol and Other Drug 12-week Day Program at Arcadia House, Directions Health Services
  • Primary and secondary health care services for people whose health is impacted by alcohol and other drug use at Althea Wellness Centre, Directions Health Services
  • AOD screening and assessment, eight-week Day Program and specialist counselling services for women affected by alcohol and drug use at Toora.