Treatment

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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