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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, information and education only was the most common type of main treatment type in the Australian Capital Territory (30% of closed treatment episodes) (Figure 27; Table ST.5). Assessment only was the second most common type of main treatment (21%), followed by counselling (21%), and support and case management (11%). Counselling (3%), was the most common type of additional treatment, followed by other (1%), pharmacotherapy and withdrawal management (both less than 1%).
Over the 5 years to 2016–17, the most common main treatment type has been information and education only, with the exception of 2014–15 where it was replaced by assessment only. Since 2014–15, where a 5 year low of 16% of closed treatment episodes was reported, information and education only has sharply increased to 30% in 2016–17. This increase is attributed to an expanded scope of some residential and non-residential treatment services since the 2015–16 collection, impacting on the main treatment types reported in the Australian Capital Territory. Services have expanded to provide pre and post treatment support; new programs; or extended services hours enabling clients to access more services.
Over the same period, treatment agencies in the Australian Capital Territory provided proportionally less counselling (ranging from 17% to 24%) and proportionally more information and education only (ranging from 16% to 30%) than the national average (ranging from 36% to 43% and 8% to 10%, respectively) (Tables SE ACT.20 and ST.2).
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