Among episodes involving a referral from a diversion program, the proportion of episodes ending in a planned completion decreased sharply from 2018–19 to 2019–20:
- Among support and case management episodes for amphetamines as a principal drug of concern, episodes ending with a planned completion fell from 66% to 43%, while episodes ending with an unplanned completion increased from 21% to 38%.
- Among rehabilitation episodes treating:
- Alcohol: episodes ending in a planned completion fell from 54% to 45% while episodes with unplanned completion increased from 33% to 39%. Episodes involving referral to another service/change in treatment mode also increased from 3.3% to 13%.
- Amphetamines: episodes with planned completion fell from 45% to 38%, while episodes with unplanned completion increased from 42% to 50%.
These changes likely relate to changes to the delivery of diversion programs after the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020, which saw sessions postponed or scheduled to occur by telephone. For further information, see COVID–19 impact on state and territory AOD treatment services.
For further detail, refer to Supplementary tables BLTN.14 and BLTN.15.