Drug and Alcohol

For an overview of the services we fund for mental health, suicide prevention and drug & alcohol, please download the Summary of Commissioned Services.

WNSW PHN funds a range of drug and alcohol services to increase the capacity of care for people with substance abuse problems, particularly methamphetamines. These services also aim to improve the effectiveness of the health system through initiatives to increase coordination between various sectors, delivering individualised care and support outcomes.

Drug and Alcohol Services

WNSW PHN funds two main drug and alcohol treatment activities; mainstream service delivery, and Indigenous service delivery. These are referral-based services, including screening, counselling, brief intervention and education for families and carers. They also cover capacity building for General Practice and social services to engage with people with substance abuse issues.

Although both programs indicate a focus on mainstream or Indigenous services, neither are seen to be exclusive to either.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and Lyndon Community provide Mainstream services in the Dubbo, Cobar and Broken Hill hubs.

The Weigelli Centre and Orana Haven provide Indigenous services in the Walgett, Bourke and Parkes hubs.

Hello Sunday Morning 'Daybreak' Program

Daybreak is an online program supported by WNSW PHN designed to help individuals reduce their harmful alcohol consumption through a range of evidence-based support. Daybreak supports high risk drinkers to change their behavior through combined elements of assessment, brief intervention, motivational interviewing, CBT, peer support and clinical support. 

Resources for Health Professionals

The Drug & Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS) - Phone 1800 023 687 (regional & rural NSW line, 24 hr service)

Telephone service to support doctors, nurses, and other health professionals in NSW and ACT. If you are worried about complexities in a patient presenting to you, this services gives advice and guidance immediately. Managed by St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

 WNSW LHD Drug & Alcohol Helpline - Phone 1300 887 000 (8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday)

Support and referral services for people with drug and alcohol problems. Staffed by experienced drug and alcohol clinicians.

Turning Point -  www.turningpoing.org.au

National addiction treatment centre that supports healthcare professionals provide high-quality evidence-based practice. Formally affiliated with Monash University.

Drug and Alcohol Support Services

Counselling Online – Free, 24 hour drug & alcohol counselling www.counsellingonling.org.au

Family Drug Support - 1300 368 186

NSW Alcohol & Drug Information Service - 1800 422 599

Your Room – NSW Government drug & alcohol information and support services www.yourroom.com.au

Stimulant Treatment Line - 1800 10 11 88

NSW service providing education, information, referral, crisis counselling and support specifically for stimulant use such as speed, ice, ecstasy, cocaine etc. Managed by St Vincent’ Hospital, Sydney.

Get Healthy Coaching Service – 1300 806 258

Telephone-based coaching for healthy lifestyle changes, with 10 free sessions. Available Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm, www.gethealthynsw.com.au.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Information on supporting a loved with drug or alcohol dependency. www.adf.org.au/alcohol-drug-use/supporting-a-loved-one/  

Contact Us

Jim Herbert

Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Manager
Phone: 02 6813 0943
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