Alcohol and Other Drugs

SEMPHN’s Needs Assessment (2019) has identified that substance use and misuse is higher in areas of south eastern Melbourne than it is in the rest of Victoria. 

SEMPHN commissions support and treatment services to address this, including a range of tailored services to support people affected by alcohol and other drug use.  

For information on how to refer to SEMPHN services, call SEMPHN’s Access & Referral team on 1800 862 363 (8.30am – 4.30pm, weekdays).


Who have we commissioned?

SEMPHN currently funds 8 services providers to deliver 16 alcohol and other drug treatment services.  

Eleven of these treatment services were previously funded through the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund and the Non-Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program and were directly transitioned to the PHN from the Commonwealth in 2017.  The remaining 5 programs have been commissioned under the National Ice Action Strategy.

All programs have been funded through 30 June 2021. 

Provide AOD outreach services to hospitals in the SEMPHN catchment Taskforce
The Alcohol and Drug Liaison Outreach Worker (ADLOW) program works with hospital networks to raise awareness of AOD treatment services while increasing the level of counselling and support available to clients in the period between self-identification of substance misuse and access to mainstream support. This program will also help improve client discharge planning and referral processes after a hospitalisation, and work with generalist providers to identify barriers and develop referral pathways to improve access.
Provide early intervention and diversion of young people from ongoing substance abuse across the catchment. YSAS
YSAS aims to deliver an intensive therapeutic early intervention program targeting young people 10-18 years of age (and their families) that are most at risk of developing problems with substance abuse and dependence.
Provide access to information about drug and alcohol treatment to who are homeless or at risk of homelessness or involved in street prostitution Windana
The aim of this program is to work to improve dual diagnosis responses through provision of a complementary specialist dual diagnosis treatment service across Windana’s suite of programs. The program will specifically work with those clients who experience high levels of disadvantage and vulnerability as a result of co-occurring mental health and problematic substance use.
Provide evidence based, culturally appropriate, psychotherapeutic interventions utilising specialist dual diagnosis clinicians Windana
The aim of this program is to work to improve dual diagnosis responses through provision of a complementary specialist dual diagnosis treatment service across Windana’s suite of programs. The program will specifically work with those clients who experience high levels of disadvantage and vulnerability as a result of co-occurring mental health and problematic substance use.
To reduce use and harms associated with substance use to individuals and address the effect on family members SHARC
Delivery of an AOD treatment service that reduces drug related harm for individuals, families and communities through counselling, family mediation, and harm reduction education.
To increase participation of people experiencing co-morbidity with the support of a peer worker SHARC
Works with residents of the SHARC residential peer programs to increase the participation of clients experiencing co-morbidity with the support of a peer worker. The program provides complex care-coordination and support.
To reduce harms associated with substance use within the LGBTIQ community Thorne Harbour
The Altered States Program provides counselling through therapeutic group services addressing co-morbidity of substance misuse and mental illness in the GLBTI population including services to GLBTI youth in Dandenong through co-location with YSAS.
Reduce the risk of AOD use to clients experiencing family violence or child protection.  Peninsula Health
The delivery of evidence-based psychotherapeutic family therapy interventions to clients involved in child protection or experiencing family violence.
Deliver treatment services to people with co-occurring AOD & mental health disorders, with a specific emphasis on young and older people. Peninsula Health
The provision of counselling services to two population demographics that can fall through the gaps in alcohol and other drug treatment - older adults and young people. Specific teams are implemented to better respond to services targeted to licit and illicit alcohol and other drug users. The key focus is on treatment and recovery.
Delivery of evidence-based services to targeted AOD cohort. Star Health
Delivery of evidence-based treatment services (brief intervention, counselling and case management) to consumers living within, or that have links to, the LGAs of Stonnington and Port Phillip, who are over the age of 16, presenting with long term illicit drug use or licit drug use and are unable to access mainstream services.
Increase the primary health capacity of GP networks to work with consumers with a dual diagnosis. Star Health
To collaborate with GP networks to provide dual diagnosis interventions increasing the capacity of GP services and employees at Star Health.
Supporting pregnant women who use alcohol and other drugs Taskforce
Parenting support program for mothers experiencing alcohol and other drug use and/or on pharmacotherapy. The program focuses on providing primary intervention with the mother and secondary intensive support for her children and significant other as the family works towards stability, social and economic participation in the community.
Provide early interventions and treatment options for young people engaged in substance misuse and at risk behaviours YSAS
Youth outreach service that provides specialist service response to highly vulnerable young pregnant women or young parents aged 12-25, who are experiencing substance misuse together with other risk factors (such that they are likely to be subject to the intervention of child protection).
The ResetLife program involves 16 weeks of structured, intensive outpatient treatment followed by 36 weeks of continuing care
  • Peninsula Health
  • FirstStep

The Intensive Outpatient AOD Rehabilitation Treatment provides a more intensive and integrative intervention than is currently available in Victoria, for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use who require comprehensive care management.

The model emphasises targeting participant's cognitive, behavioural, emotional and relationship issues, which may be contributing factors to substance dependence.

The ResetLife Youth program involves 16 weeks of structured, intensive outpatient treatment followed by 36 weeks of continuing care. Taskforce

The Intensive Outpatient Youth AOD Rehabilitation Treatment provides a more intensive and integrative intervention than is currently available in Victoria, for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drugs use who require comprehensive care management.

The model emphasises targeting participant’s cognitive, behavioural, emotional and relationship issues, which may be contributing factors to substance dependence.


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