Canberra Hospital - Alcohol & Drug Services
The Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services provide information, advice, referral, intake, assessment and support to assist consumers to manage and/or overcome drug and alcohol problems. We provide services for individuals, their family and friends, as well as information to general practitioners, other health professionals, and business and community groups. The Canberra Hospital Alcohol & Drug services are located at Building 7, and this service can assist with information on alcohol and other drug associated issues; advice on assisting and managing people who may have alcohol and other drug issues; and support to people affected directly or indirectly by alcohol and drug use. This section will have information on the Opioid (Methadone) Treatment Service, Withdrawal Services, and Consultation Liaison Services, for further information please call the Community Health Intake (CHI) ON 6207 9977.
- Opioid Treatment Service (Wruwallin Clinic)
People wanting to start on opioid treatment are assessed to determine suitability for treatment. This involves taking a history and conducting a physical examination. Fees apply to clients receiving opioid maintenance treatment however exemptions may be provided to: pregnant women; women and their partners with children under the age of two years; people identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; clients under the age of 18 years; people with HIV and their opioid using partners; hepatitis B carriers and their opioid using partners; people released from correctional institutions in the past three months; and clients of a diversion program from the criminal justice system. Dosing is located at Building 7, Level 2 of the Canberra Hospital and the opening hours are as listed, however please note the Medical Service is open 8:30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Please contact the program administrator for further information.
|Phone: ||02 6207 9977|
|Fax: ||02 6205 2611|
|Weekday: ||7:15 AM - 12:30 PM|
|Weekday: ||2:00 PM - 3:00 PM|
|Weekend: ||9:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
|Weekend: ||1:00 PM - 3:00 PM|
- Consultation Liaison Services
Located at building 7, Level 2 at the Canberra Hospital, the Consultation Liaison Service provides assessment, support and referral for clients who have been admitted to the Canberra Hospital who also have an alcohol and/or drug issue. The service works in coordination with doctors, nurses and staff to assist the client on their road to recovery. This service assists with health promotion and harm minimisation, withdrawal management, referral for ongoing care after discharge and co-morbidity information.
|Weekday: ||8:30 AM - 5:00 PM|
- Co-morbidity Service
The Co-morbidity Service located at building 7, Level 2 of the Canberra Hospital is a part of the Consultation and Liaison team. It provides a variety of services to clients who have a mental health condition and who also have an alcohol and/or drug issue. This service offers health promotion and harm minimisation, mental health support clinic every second Friday as well as support, assessment and referral. Clients can be self-referred or referred via the Opioid Treatment Service, a Staff Specialist or the Consultation Liaison Service.
|Other phone: ||02 6244 2222|
|Weekday: ||8:30 AM - 5:00 PM|
- Withdrawal Services
Canberra Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Service provides supervised withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs that includes education, support and medication.
Withdrawal from alcohol and some other drugs often requires medication to avoid the potential harms associated with ceasing alcohol or other drug use.
Supervised withdrawal can include:
- educational groups relating to alcohol and other drug use;
- liaison with self-help groups;
- liaison and follow-up with other specialist services; and
- counselling (also offered as part of follow up care).
All people seeking a supervised withdrawal are placed on a priority list for residential and out-patient withdrawal services. Family members and friends are provided with alcohol and drug information and offered referral.
Specialist Medical Services include:
- Comprehensive client drug and alcohol management
- Induction and ongoing care for clients with complex needs who are prescribed Opiate Replacement Therapy (Pharmacotherapy)
- Medicated Withdrawal (Inpatient and Outpatient).
- Referral for other medical services as appropriate
- Liaison and provision of medical advice and care to inpatients, and advice to GP's or health care practitioners.
- Education to other health care professionals and the general public.
|Weekday: ||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
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