Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services

For information, referral and advice Drug & Alcohol Triage & Referral Service (DATARS)

Phone: 1300 660 059 (Cost of a local call)

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services (DACS) aim to improve health and reduce drug-related harm for individuals, their families/carers, and the wider community.

Our services provide a range of community, outpatient and inpatient services, from prevention and early intervention to treatment, referral and continuing care for people aged 16 years and above throughout Hunter New England Health.

DACS provide access to the following specialty services:

  • Opiate Substitution Program
  • Withdrawal management
  • Addiction Medicine Specialists – outpatient clinics
  • Stimulant Treatment Program (STP)
  • Cannabis Clinic
  • Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) Program
  • Adult Drug Court Program (ADC)
  • Psychosocial Services (Case management and targeted therapeutic interventions)
  • Keep Them Safe Whole Family Team (KTS - WFT)
  • Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Team
  • Harm Minimisation Program (Needle Syringe Program)
  • Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment (IDAT) Program
  • John Hunter Hospital Consultation Liaison Service
  • High Risk Antenatal Clinic

The Drug & Alcohol Triage and Referral Service is open Monday through Friday 8.00 – 4.30 pm (closed public holidays and weekends) and is the initial contact for assessment and referral to Hunter New England Health DACS (except Adult Drug Court and MERIT).

The service is open to all members of the community and it provides:

  • Drug & alcohol information and brief interventions to individuals, family or friends
  • Initial assessment to identify individual clinical needs
  • Referral to appropriate services for people requiring assistance with drug and alcohol issues.

For information, referral and advice

Drug & Alcohol Triage & Referral Service (DATARS)

Phone: 1300 660 059 (Cost of a local call)