New South Wales

In 2016–17, 318 publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in New South Wales provided 37,997 completed treatment episodes to 24,865 clients (Tables SA.1-2). NSW reported a decrease of 9,374 treatment episodes in 2016–17 despite the number of agencies that submitted data increasing by 31 agencies (318 agencies in 2016–17 compared with 287 agencies in 2015–16) (see the Data quality statement).

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In 2016–17, most (82%) clients attended 1 agency, and received an average of 1.5 treatment episodes, which is similar to national average of 1.6 episodes (Tables SC.21 and SC.23).

In New South Wales, a total of 74,705 closed treatment episodes were provided to clients over the 4 most recent collection years, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16 and 2016–17. Of these closed episodes, varying proportions of clients received some form of treatment across multiple collection years (Table SC.28):

  • 4.9% (3,677) of clients received treatment in the 2 most recent collection years, that is, in both 2015–16 and 2016–17
  • 1.6% (1,216) of clients received treatment in the 3 most recent collection years, that is, in each year from 2014–15 to 2016–17
  • 1.3% (971) of clients received treatment in all 4 collection years, that is, in each year from 2013–14 to 2016–17
  • about 1 in 5 clients (20% or 15,123 clients) received treatment in 2016–17 only, and 21% (15,847) received treatment in 2015–16 only.