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:
Phone: (02) 9432 8256

Seeking EOIs from GPs for Alcohol Brief Intervention Initiative

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) has created the Alcohol Brief intervention Initiative to gather ideas from GPs on effectively educating and supporting patients to reduce their alcohol intake. Systematic review of clinical preventative health strategies in the USA ranks screening and brief intervention for problem drinking to be equivalent on health impact and cost effectiveness as colorectal cancer screening, and higher than that for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening.

There are many barriers to offering screening and brief intervention in general practice including competing health priorities and time constraints, degree of confidence and knowledge in providing information and counselling, sensitivity about discussing drugs and alcohol, and lack of support for more complex issues. The health benefits of overcoming these barriers are enormous.

This Initiative will commence in April 2020 and GPs will be remunerated $600 for 3 months of participation. Deidentified ideas, resources, and information on barriers and solutions generated by GPs will be collated and distributed within the group, and to following participants to accelerate learnings. Knowledge gained through this initiative will inform future work on reducing alcohol harms in our region.

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.

Phone: (02) 9432 8256


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


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.