Mental Health


Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Program Purpose

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Program is funded to increase the capacity of the Northern Sydney AOD treatment sector and achieve improved health and social outcomes for individuals, families, and communities affected by AOD use. The program works collaboratively with local services  including general practice, the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), and services commissioned by SNHN to fill treatment gaps.

Clean Slate: Telehealth Alcohol Withdrawal and Recovery Service

How to refer • Via fax: 02 8088 7814 • Telephone us: 02 3813 8104 • HealthLink ID: clnslate • Medical Objects (Provider Number 4842356H), or patients can self refer.

  • Since July 2021 Clean Slate Clinic have provided home alcohol withdrawal and recovery services for almost 200 clients, including over 20 funded by Sydney North PHN.
  • The service is delivered via telehealth and includes assessment, medicated withdrawal and a 12-month program of follow-up, including regular nursing check-ins and weekly access to a Smart Recovery Group.
  • The relapse rate at 3 months is just 5% and 96% of their clients rate the care they receive as excellent.
  • SNHN has funded 20 placements for patients in our region needing alcohol withdrawal and recovery who cannot afford to pay for this service.
  • Clean Slate also provide services for stimulant and cannabis withdrawal and recovery.
  • Patients with full Bupa insurance cover can access the service at no cost, or payment plans are offered to make it as affordable as possible for individuals to self-fund.
  • Clean Slate Clinic offer a series of free educational webinars for GPs and other health care practitioners who are interested in supporting clients through substance withdrawal and recovery

Onsite AOD education sessions for GPs: apply now for your practice

Free onsite Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) education at your practice or online. Lunch provided.


  • Dr Esther Han, GP/ NSLHD Drug & Alcohol Service Staff Specialist.
  • Dr Nicola Wallace, NSLHD Drug & Alcohol Services Addiction Psychiatrist.

All sessions are on Thursday or Friday for one hour between 12pm – 2pm.

GP Clinical Attachments with NSLHD Drug and Alcohol Service Addiction Specialists

Increase your addiction medicine skills via supervised clinical attachments with addiction medicine specialists and addiction psychiatrists.

Remuneration: $176 per hour (maximum of 12 hours)

Clinics: Inpatient, outpatient, and Opioid Treatment Program

Next Steps: complete the Expression of Interest form.

Practice Nurse Clinical Attachments with the NSLHD Drug and Alcohol Service

Northern Sydney Primary Health Network (Sydney North Health Network) is providing funding for Practice Nurses who are interested in completing a Supervised Clinical Attachment with Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Drug and Alcohol Service Clinical Nurse Specialists.

For eligibility criteria, more details and to apply, see the Expression of Interest form.

GP Guide to harm minimisation for patients using non-prescribed anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and other performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs)

This Guide provides GPs and other health professionals with up-to-date, evidence-informed guidance on how to manage and minimise harm for people who are contemplating, currently using or wanting to stop non-prescribed anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and other performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs).

The Guide is based on the best available evidence and draws upon an extensive literature review and the experience and knowledge of health professionals, researchers, and people who use non-prescribed AAS and other PIEDs.

To access the full Guide and the Quick Reference Guide, click here.


AOD Newsletters

Winter 2020
Summer 2019

Local Counselling Services

Northern Sydney Local Health District provide counselling services across a variety of locations in Northern Sydney.

DAYSS provide Drug and Alcohol support to young people living in the Northern Beaches area.

SDECC – AOD Intensive Support Program

Non-residential day rehabilitation, including individual counselling, care coordination, group programs and intensive outreach for people aged 12-25 years Services are available in Chatswood and Manly. To access the program call (02) 9977 0711.

Odyssey House community services

Non-residential rehabilitation for adults over 18 years old, including individual and group counselling, support to family members of people who have an addiction. Services available in Chatswood and Manly. To access the program call 1800 397 739.

Odyssey House community services

Non-residential day rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 18 years old, including individual and group counselling, support to family members of people who have an addiction. Services available in Chatswood and Manly. To access the program call 1800 397 739.

ACON substance support counselling

Face-to-face in Surry Hills and remote access program (Skype or telephone) providing intensive, structured interventions within a harm reduction model to Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Intersex people with alcohol and other drug misuse issues. Up to 12 sessions with the ability to extend. To access the program call 1800 063 060.


These services are for people who live, work or go to school in the Northern Sydney Health Network region. People can access these services without a referral.

How to access the services

Anyone can make a referral by calling the number listed under each program; this includes self-referrals. GPs can also refer people through the Mental Health Triage on 1300 782 391 or send a referral form via secure fax on 02 8072 6899.

Click here to download the Local Services Patient Information Flyer.

Local Rehabilitation Services

Telephone Support Services

For Clinicians: NSW Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service – DASAS

This service is a 24-hour free telephone service that advises on the clinical management of consumers with alcohol and other drug related problems. Advice is provided by on-call specialist medical consultants.

Advice includes:

Management of intoxication and withdrawal, Management of other clinical problems arising from AOD related issues, Advice on methadone and opiate treatments, Interactions between medications and illicit drugs, Referral and treatment options around NSW.

Inside Sydney Metro Area: 02 9361 8006
Outside Sydney Metro Area: 1800 023 687

For Consumers: Alcohol and Drug Information Services

  • The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) – a 24-hour telephone service for alcohol and drug information, referrals and counselling
    Ph: (02) 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599
  • The Opioid Treatment Line (OTL), provides information, support and advice regarding opioid substitution therapy
    Available 9:30am-5pm Monday- Friday
    Ph: 1800 642 428
  • The stimulant Treatment Line (STL) – a 24-hour service providing education, referrals, crisis counselling and support specifically around stimulant use (e.g. speed, ice, ecstasy, cocaine)
    Ph: (02) 9361 8088 or 1800 101 188
  • Family Drug Support (FDS) is a caring, non-religious organisation which provides non-judgmental, non-directive support and information for families and friends of drug and/or alcohol users across Australia. Visit website.

EOI: Addiction Pilot in General Practice

The aim of this Pilot is to identify enablers to practices accepting referred patients with addiction and mild to moderate complexity who are unable to afford gap payments, and the key components which support sustainable GP care.

Read the full description and submit EOI here

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