Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is committed to enhancing and/or establishing a range of evidence-based, culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug treatment services which will be available and accessible to residents of all communities and localities in the area covered by NQPHN.

Services will aim to address prevention, early intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation and will target a range of drugs, in particular, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants (including crystal methamphetamine or ice), and volatile substances.

NQPHN will aim to either integrate services into, or linked to, primary health care services, mental health, other specialist services, and hospitals in order to ensure coordinated and timely care. NQPHN aims to fund a comprehensive treatment stream comprising:

  • screening and assessment
  • counselling (including brief interventions)
  • non-residential managed withdrawal
  • pharmacotherapy
  • post-treatment support.

NQPHN’s Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) program focuses on:

  • improving planning and collaboration
  • systems strengthening
  • drug and alcohol treatment service
  • AOD workforce development
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service capacity and treatment services.

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NQPHN funded services

  • AOD Service Development

    The primary purpose of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Service Development will be to further develop the workforce and service capacity of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector and Aboriginal Medical Services to manage AOD issues within their primary health care services.

    NPA Family and Community Services Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Northern Peninsula Area

    For more information visit: www.npaws.com.au or phone (07) 4212 2000

    Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre, Yarrabah

    For more information visit: www.gindaja.org.au or phone (07) 4056 9156

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Mackay (ATSICHS Mackay)

    For more information visit: www.atsichs.org.au or phone 1800 817 773

    Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services (TAIHS), Townsville and Palm Island

    For more information visit: www.taihs.net.au or phone (07) 4759 4000

  • Case management and care coordination

    This program is to provide assertive case management, care planning, and coordination for youth with AOD issues and complex needs, targeting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth up to 25 years of age with a significant AOD problem, who have disengaged from education, vocational or employment, or are particularly vulnerable.  Youth transitioning from Cleveland Youth Detention Centre back to community are a priority target group for this service.

    Cooktown District Community Centre, Shire of Cook

    For more information phone (07) 4069 6098

    Community Services Tablelands Ltd, Mareeba Shire and Tablelands region

    For more information visit: www.cst.org.au or phone (07) 4091 3850

    Northern Australia Primary Health Limited (NAPHL), Burdekin and Charters Towers region and Mackay, Isaac, and Whitsunday regions

    For more information visit: www.naphl.com.au   or phone (07) 4421 7700 (Townsville) or (07) 4898 2700 (Mackay)

  • AOD Youth Clinical

    Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI), Cape York and Torres Straits

    This is a clinical AOD service targeting Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people up to 25 years of age, who are at risk of disengaging from school, or who are at risk of being ineligible for traineeships or at risk of engagement with the forensic system, due to AOD issues. Services currently operate in the Cooktown, NPA, and Weipa regions, with services to commence in the Torres Straits in late 2018.

    For more information visit: www.yeti.net.au or phone (07) 4051 4927

    Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services (TAIHS), Townsville

    The primary purpose of the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Clinical Youth Service is to proactively engage youth up to 25 years of age with, or at risk of developing, an AOD issue, to enable access to AOD clinical interventions and a care coordination service which promotes a social emotional wellbeing approach to care.

    For more information visit: www.taihs.net.au or phone (07) 4759 4000

  • Withdrawal and Rehabilitation

    Provision of evidence-based, culturally sensitive, collaborative, accessible, and innovative Alcohol and Other Drug community-based Withdrawal services for adults over 18 years of age, with a particular focus on service delivery in remote and regional communities within the NQPHN region.

    Lives Lived Well, Cairns and Mackay

    For more information visit: www.liveslivedwell.org.au/our-services/withdrawal-support or phone 1300 727 957

    The Salvation Army – Recovery Services, Townsville

    For more information visit: salvos.org.au/northqld/our-services/recovery-services-townsville/recovery-services-townsville or phone (07) 4772 3607

  • Tablelands Drug and Alcohol Counselling Centre

    Community Services Tablelands Inc., Mareeba Shire and Tablelands region

    Drug and Alcohol treatment services including counselling in Atherton, with outreach to Mareeba and Ravenshoe.

    For more information visit: www.cst.org.au or phone (07) 4091 3850

  • QuIHN Cairns Treatment Service

    Queensland Injectors Health Network Ltd (QuIHN)

    Clinical services for individuals, families, and communities with drug and alcohol treatment needs in Cairns and Hinterland region.

    For more information visit: www.quihn.org/alcohol-and-other-drugs-outreach-program or phone (07) 3620 8111 or 1800 172 076 (free call).

  • Drug and alcohol support for young people

    Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI)

    Drug and alcohol support for young people in the Cairns region.

    For more information visit: www.yeti.net.au or phone (07) 4051 4927

  • Mackay ICE

    Lives Lived Well, Mackay

    Provision of evidence-based clinical AOD assessment and treatment services for young people up to 25 years of age impacted by methamphetamine (ICE) and provision of support for their families and carers.

    For more information visit: www.liveslivedwell.org.au/our-services/withdrawal-support or phone 1300 727 957

  • Cleveland Youth Detention Centre (CDYC) pre and post transition

    Lives Lived Well, Townsville

    Transition support services for young people in Cleveland Youth Detention Centre, engaging them with AOD intervention and proactively facilitating their integration back to their community through adopting a holistic approach to social emotional wellbeing upon release from the facility.

    For more information visit: www.liveslivedwell.org.au or phone 1300 727 957