Treatment

In 2016–17, counselling was the most common type of main treatment type in Queensland (35% of closed treatment episodes), followed by information and education only (27% of episodes) and assessment only (17% of episodes) (Figure 11; Table ST.5). Counselling (6%) was also the most common type of additional treatment, followed by other (5%), and pharmacotherapy (2%).

Over the 5 years to 2016–17, the proportion of closed treatment episodes where counselling was the main treatment type has remained generally consistent (fluctuating between 30% of episodes in 2013–14 and 35% of episodes in 2016–17). Counselling replaced information and education only as the most common main treatment type in 2016–17. The proportion of closed treatment episodes where information and education only was the main treatment type substantially decreased in 2016–17, dropping from 33% in 2015–16 to 27% in 2016–17 (Table SE QLD.20).

Over the 5 years to 2016–17, the proportion of closed treatment episodes where information and education only was a main treatment type remained the highest nationally in Queensland, at over 3 times the national average in 2016–17 (27% compared with 8%) (Tables SE QLD.20 and ST.2). In Queensland, treatment provided to people diverted to services by police and the courts is recorded as information and education only. Actual treatment involves a 60–90 minute session that includes comprehensive alcohol and other drug assessment to determine dependence, an assessment of risk-taking behaviours, physical and mental health, psychosocial issues and provision of advice and information on reducing or ceasing drug use and harm minimisation, motivational interviewing, provision of resources, and referral to further treatment if required.

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