Support for Australians battling alcohol and drug issues
We are continuing to fund alcohol and drug treatment and support services and trial new initiatives so that help is available to those who need it.
Alcohol and drug misuse doesn’t just affect one person, it affects whole families, friends and the surrounding community. People battling with alcohol and drugs need to be able to get help and support when and where they need it.
The Australian Government is providing funding over 3 years — from 2019–20 to 2021–22 — to provide this access. We provide this funding to:
- Primary Health Networks (PHNs) providing alcohol and other drug treatment services
- existing withdrawal management and rehabilitation services
- 4 national research centres, the
- supported alcohol and peak drug organisations and national activities
This funding means that important alcohol and drug treatment and support services can continue to deliver services and new initiatives can be trialled.
For example, researchers are developing an effective and consistent national program in Australia for use of take-home naloxone — a drug used to treat opioid overdoses. This research will help refine and expand an existing pilot program to a national level.