Expression of Interest: Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Project

To support busy GPs in the care of patients who misuse alcohol, we are currently recruiting GP practices to participate in a short-term screening and brief intervention project. All resources are provided, and participants will receive clinical support from a GP and administrative support from the PHN throughout the project. There will be financial remuneration for participation.

  • Access to relevant and effective resources
  • Increased knowledge of brief interventions
  • Fast, simple approach that fits into daily practice operations
  • Healthier patients
  • Networking and support from other clinicians
  • If completed by a practice nurse, it may release time for GPs


First Consultation:
  • Over a 2-week period, GP/ Practice nurse will screen all patients over 18 and provide very brief interventions to patients who score above 5 on the AUDIT C alcohol screen.
  • Advice and resources some of which include:
    • Current guidelines for safe drinking
    • Discussion concerning the harms of substance use (binge drinking, weight gain, sleep, mood, blood pressure)
    • Providing patients verbal advice, fact sheets and information about local services.
    • Flyer leaflets
    • Information about local services
Second Consultation:

Following the first consultation, GPs/ practice nurses will be required to follow up with the patient regarding the intervention using a simple form. Data and results will be collated by the PHN to establish:

  • The efficacy of the brief interventions
  • Whether this approach is appropriate for GP practices and can be rolled out on a larger scale
  • GP/Practice nurse experience of project
Next Steps

If you are interested in participating, please complete your contact details below and give this form to Mariska Barnett at Sydney North Health Network. Mariska can be contacted via:

Email: mbarnett@snhn.org.au
Phone: (02) 9432 8254

If you have any questions you can either email Mariska or call 9432 8254. For advice concerning any clinical aspects of the project, please email: nicgouda@gmail.com

    GPPractice Nurse