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Austin Health launches new drug and alcohol service

17 December 2019

Austin Health has launched the new Austin Drug and Alcohol Service (ADAS).

This new service incorporates our Drug Dependency Clinic and has been setup to treat an increased amount of internal and external clients. 

Former patient, Royal Abbott said that this particular service was very important to the community.

"I have a long-standing connection with drug and alcohol services, I've offered peer support over the past four years to people who'd like to change their lifestyle habits. Relationships make such a difference to the path to wellbeing."

Manager of Continuing Care Service at Austin Drug and Alcohol services, Sanjeev Chaudhary said that this will be the first time this service has been extended to Austin Health inpatients.

"We'll visit patients on the ward, conduct an initial assessment and provide them with information about their treatment options with ADAS or other drug and alcohol services in the community."

ADAS consultant Pooja Shetty said that they'll also work closely with other Austin Health departments such as Adult Mental Health Units, Toxicology, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Specialty Services.

"This is to ensure our clients are getting the best support possible while they're being treated at Austin Health and after they're discharged," says Pooja.

Divisional Manager Adult Mental Health Services, Clare Manning said that the ADAS is made up of a multi-disciplinary team which consists of a psychiatrist, trainee psychiatric registrar, psychologist, registered nurse and a social worker.

"This service has been especially designed to provide a flexible and holistic approach to supporting the various needs of our clients," said Clare.

The service is located on 77 Hawdon Street, Heidelberg.

You can contact ADAS on 9496 6500.

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