Treatment

In 2016–17, counselling was the most common type of main treatment in Tasmania (37% of closed treatment episodes), followed by assessment only (25%), and rehabilitation (24%) (Figure 23; Table ST.5). Counselling (5%) was the most common type of additional treatment, followed by withdrawal management (1.2%).

Over the 5 years to 2016–17, counselling remained the most common main treatment type, despite the proportion of episodes dropping from a high of 62% in 2013–14 to 37% in 2016–17. Assessment only increased from 18% in 2013–14 to 32% in 2014–15, but has been decreasing over the past two years to 25% in 2016–17. Rehabilitation increased in the 5 years to 2016–17, climbing from 6% in 2012–13 to 24% in 2016–17 (Table SE TAS.20).

Over the same period, 2016–17 was the only collection year where the proportion of closed treatment episodes with counselling as the main treatment type was lower in Tasmania than the national average (37% in Tasmania, compared with 40% nationally) (Tables SE TAS.20 and ST.2).

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