Treatment

In 2016–17, counselling was the most common type of main treatment in Victoria (38% of closed treatment episodes), followed by support and case management only (29%), withdrawal management (14%), and assessment only (12%) (Figure 7; Table ST.5). Due to the nuances of Victoria’s data collection system, with each type of treatment resulting in a separate episode, Victoria cannot supply data on additional treatment types. However in 2016–17, Victorian agencies funded via their Primary Health Network under the Australian Government Department of Health’s Drug and Alcohol Program (DAP) did report a small number of episodes with an additional treatment type. These agencies report directly to the AIHW and could therefore report on additional treatment types.

Over the 5 years to 2016–17, counselling remained the most common main treatment type for closed episodes in Victoria, albeit substantially decreasing from 53% to 38%. Support and case management replaced withdrawal management as the second most common main treatment type in 2015–16, and has remained second in 2016–17. Withdrawal management has steadily decreased since 2012–13 (from 21% to 14% in 2016–17), which is a similar trend to the national average (Tables SE VIC.20 and ST.2).

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