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This web report supplements the Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2016–17 report by presenting key state and territory findings on clients, closed treatment episodes, and treatment agencies in 2016–17.
In 2016–17, assessment only was the most common type of main treatment in South Australia (40% of episodes), followed by counselling (25%), and withdrawal management (16%) (Figure 19; Table ST.5). Other treatment (10%) was the most common type of additional treatment, followed by counselling (8%), and withdrawal management (2%).
Over the 5 years to 2016–17, the proportion of closed treatment episodes where assessment only was a main treatment type fluctuated, with a high of 44% in 2013–14 and a low of 39% in 2014-15. Over the same period, counselling has steadily increased from 20% in 2012–13 to 25% in 2016–17. The proportion of closed episodes where assessment only was the main treatment remained considerably higher in South Australia than the national average (from 17% to 16%) (Tables SE SA.20 and ST.2). As noted previously, this high proportion of closed episodes for assessment only treatment is attributable to assessments provided under the Police Drug Diversion Initiative.
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