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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 the Northern Territory (32% of closed treatment episodes), followed by counselling (25%), and rehabilitation (25%) (Figure 31; Table ST.5). Counselling (19%) overtook other treatment (6%) as the most common type of additional treatment, followed by rehabilitation (4%).
Over the 5 years to 2016–17, assessment only remained the most common main treatment type in the Northern Territory, although the proportion of closed treatment episodes has declined (44% in 2012–13, compared with 32% in 2016–17). Despite this, the Northern Territory consistently reported a higher proportion of assessment only episodes than the national average (32% to 44%, compared with 16% to 17% nationally) (Tables SE NT.20 and ST.2).
Over the same period, the proportion of closed treatment episodes where counselling was the main treatment type fluctuated between a low of 18% of closed treatment episodes in 2012–13 and a high of 25% in 2013–14. The proportion of closed treatment episodes where rehabilitation was the main treatment type has steadily increased since 2012–13, rising from 15% to 25% in 2016–17 (Table SE NT.20).
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