Primary Health Networks and Drug and Alcohol Treatment
On 6 December 2015, the Australian Government announced the release of the Australian Government Response to the National Ice Taskforce’s Final Report (the Response). The response included establishing a role for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in the planning and commissioning of drug and alcohol treatment services, to reduce the harms associated with drugs and alcohol in the community, including Indigenous-specific services.
Our priorities for the HNECC Drug and Alcohol Treatment System
The HNECC PHN Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment identifies a range of Local Government Areas within the region which have populations experiencing greater levels of related harm than state and national averages. It has been identified as a key priority health issue and noted as an area that the PHN has opportunities to support more integrated responses across the Drug and Alcohol Treatment system, including:
- More treatment and support services where current access is limited, particularly pre and post residential treatment programs
- Prioritised resourcing for treatment and support for identified at risk and vulnerable populations
- Access, reach and effectiveness of existing services to address ever-increasing demand for treatment
- Increased service delivery capacity of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector in providing culturally-appropriate, holistic treatment and support.
Services we’ve commissioned in 2017
HNECC PHN has commissioned 12 Drug and Alcohol treatment and support services throughout the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Regions.
View an interactive map of where you can find a HNECC PHN-funded service, or download the service and referral directory to view provider contact details and new available services.