Information and education 

Information and education can be provided to clients as written information or a psycho-educational intervention program.

In 2019–20, information and education as a main treatment was reported for 7% (15,927) of all treatment episodes—7% of episodes for clients seeking help for their own alcohol or drug use were for information and education and 6% for those seeking treatment for someone else’s alcohol or drug use. 

Most information and education episodes were provided to clients whose principal drug of concern was cannabis (43%), alcohol (30%) or amphetamines (12%) (tables ST.4, ST.60).


Client profile

In 2019–20, for clients whose main treatment was information and education:

  • most clients who were seeking treatment for their own alcohol or drug use were male (68%), while most clients who sought support for someone else’s alcohol or drug use were female (72%)
  • 61% of all clients seeking treatment for their own alcohol or drug use were aged 10–29. In contrast, 73% of clients seeking treatment for someone else’s alcohol or drug use were aged 40 and over.
  • 16% of clients seeking treatment for their own alcohol or drug use identified as Indigenous Australians, compared with 7% of clients seeking treatment for someone else’s alcohol or drug use (tables SC. 15–17).

Treatment profile

Among treatment episodes in 2019–20 with information and education as the main treatment:

  • almost three-quarters (73%) of treatment episodes lasted just 1 day for clients seeking treatment for their own alcohol or drug use; for those seeking treatment for someone else’s use, this proportion was 51%.

Over the 10-year period to 2019–20 for clients who received information and education:

  • for their own alcohol or drug use, the proportion of closed episodes that lasted just 1 day decreased from 87% in 2010–11 to 73% in 2019–20
  • for someone else’s alcohol or drug use, the proportion of closed episodes that lasted just 1 day fell from 85% in 2010–11 to 38% in 2015–16 before rising to 51% in 2019–20
  • the proportion of treatment episodes for all clients lasting from 2 days up to 3 months increased from 10% in 2010–11 (10%) to 25% in 2019–20, while the proportion of episodes lasting from 3 months to over 12 months remained relatively stable (Table ST.62).

It is important to note that information and education treatment trends are influenced by differences in jurisdictional program practices over time.