Alcohol

Welcome to the Alcohol resources page.
Below is a list of resources to support you in the management of patients who misuse alcohol.

Paid Clinical Attachments with Addiction Specialists

GP Clinical Attachments with NSLHD Drug and Alcohol Service Addiction Specialists

40 Category 1 CPD points (by self-notification) are available on completion of 10 hours of training with remuneration at $150 per hour.

This program aims to increase the number of GPs who are skilled and willing to take appropriate referrals from Addiction Specialists working in the Drug and Alcohol Service and increase shared care between specialists and a growing group of skilled GPs.

Participating GPs will have access to:

  • supervised clinical attachments with addiction medicine specialists and addiction psychiatrists at RNSH and Brookvale Community Health Centre
  • a specialist network for ongoing support
  • participation in GP Balint groups dedicated to peer support and confidential case discussion with colleagues
  • mentoring by GPs experienced in treating substance use disorders
  • ongoing education through Sydney North Health Network events
  • AOD Education Updates from Sydney North Health Network

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

Alcohol Brief Intervention Initiative

AOD Nurse-led Pilot

Sydney North Health Network is seeking a General Practice within the Northern Beaches, Pittwater or Warringah LGAs to participate in a shared-care nurse-led pilot with the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Drug & Alcohol Service.

  • The AOD Nurse Led Clinic aims to support better collaboration between specialist Drug & Alcohol services and General Practices within the NSLHD. Shared care increases accessibility of treatment, reduces stigma and will develop durable referral pathways that allow smooth transitions between primary care and specialist D&A services.
  • The practice will have an interest in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) or a medium case load of patients who use substances and/or alcohol at harmful levels.
  • The practice will be willing to actively participate in the research evaluation of this pilot and will be reimbursed for their time.

Benefits for your practice

  • An AOD clinical nurse specialist on-site or available through telehealth assessments two sessions a week
  • Improved knowledge of screening, and management of Alcohol and Other Drug patients
  • Increased communication with Northern Sydney Local Health District drug and alcohol team
  • Increase knowledge of managing both the mental and physical healthcare needs of AOD patients
  • Increased knowledge of local hospital services and referral pathways

Next Steps

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and return to Pat Simmonds at Sydney North Health Network. Pat can be contacted via the details below.

Email: psimmonds@snhn.org.au
Phone: (02) 9432 8256

Guidelines

For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime.

Drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.

For women who are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or breastfeeding not drinking is the safest option.

Screening tools

The Audit C is a 3 item alcohol screening tool helps to identify people who are hazardous drinkers or have active alcohol use disorders (including alcohol abuse or dependence). The AUDIT-C is a modified version of the 10 question AUDIT screening tool.

Patient Resources

Videos

Support Services and Apps

  • Hello Sunday Morning – Hello Sunday Morning builds technology that supports any individual to change their relationship with alcohol.
  • Get Healthy NSW – phone coaching – Free telephone based Health Coaching, a free service that can help to provide the support and motivation needed to reach healthy lifestyle goals.
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service ADIS – This 24-7 telephone service provides education, referral, crisis counselling and support about legal and illegal drugs. The service is available for patients and professionals.
  • Drinks Meter App – a user-friendly app for your phone or tablet that provides confidential, personalised feedback about your alcohol use based on advice from doctors and the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.