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Publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment services are available to people seeking treatment for their own drug use and people seeking treatment for someone else's drug use.

Over 700 agencies provided over 160,000 treatment episodes for alcohol and other drug issues to an estimated 108,000 clients in Australia in 2012–13. Most episodes were for clients receiving treatment for their own drug use, and these clients tended to be male and in their 20s and 30s.

Alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern, accounting for almost half of these closed episodes, and counseling was the most common type of treatment.

Recent publications 

The most recent annual report is Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2012-13.  

Data

The main source of data on alcohol and other drug treatment services is the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS). This data set contains data on publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment services and the treatment episodes provided by these services. Data for 2014–15 will be released in 2015.

Data collection manuals and guidelines 

Staff in alcohol and other drug treatment services that collect data for the AODTS NMDS can access data collection manuals and guidelines from the following link (password required)

Working Group 

Working Group members can access meeting agenda and papers from the following link (password required)

Further information 

For further information or to access unpublished data from the AODTS NMDS, please contact .