Treatment

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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