Mental Health


Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Program Purpose

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Program (AOD) is funded to increase the capacity of the Northern Sydney drug and alcohol treatment sector and achieve improved health and social outcomes for individuals, families, and communities affected by drug and alcohol use. The program works  collaboratively with local providers including the Northern Sydney Local health District (NSLHD) and commissioned services. It also aims to increase GP skill and confidence in the assessment and management of AOD issues by providing educational opportunities.

View our AOD Commissioned Services Guide here.

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

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.

Presenter: Dr Esther Han, GP/ NSLHD Drug & Alcohol Service Staff Specialist.

All sessions are on Thursdays for one hour between 12pm – 2pm.

GP Clinical Attachments with NSLHD Drug and Alcohol Service Addiction Specialists

RACGP Accredited Activity: 40 CPD points (by self-notification) are available on completion of 10 hours of training with remuneration at $168 per hour.

This program aims to enhance GPs addiction medicine skills, and increase the capacity of GPs to take appropriate referrals from Addiction Specialists working in the Drug and Alcohol Service.

Participating GPs will have access to:

  • Supervised clinical attachments with addiction medicine specialists and addiction psychiatrists at RNSH and Brookvale Community Health Centre
  • Inpatient, outpatient, and Opioid Treatment Program clinics
  • A specialist network for ongoing support
  • A peer support network and confidential case discussion with colleagues

Ongoing education via Sydney North Health Network events

Next Steps

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Pat Simmonds at Sydney North Health Network. Pat can be contacted via:
Email: psimmonds@snhn.org.au
Phone: (02) 9432 8256

AOD Newsletters

Winter 2020
Summer 2019

Resources for GPs - Webinars

Identifying commonly used substances and their effects webinar   – Accompanying handouts can be found here.

AOD Substance Use and Physical Health webinar – Accompanying handouts can be found here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Odyssey House Community Services – Drug & Alcohol Counselling
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.

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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.

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