Priorities for the delivery of treatment services across the Northern Territory

  • Research program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2004
  • Expected end date: April 2004
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services
  • Lead organisation:

In 2004 the Northern Territory Government Department of Health and Community Services convened a Forum to ‘… identify treatment priorities in alcohol and other drug services across the Northern Territory 2004–2005’. The Forum brought together 20 representatives from 17 non-government agencies and 24 representatives from NT government agencies involved in the delivery of AOD treatment services. Dennis Gray from the National Drug Research Institute was contracted to facilitate the Forum and to provide a detailed report on it.

In summary, the top ranked priorities identified by Forum participants were:

• improved coordination and collaboration between government and non-government agencies;

• workforce development – including Aboriginal employment opportunities;

• addressing community development issues and the social and structural determinants of substance misuse;

• provision of adequate funding and longer funding cycles that would facilitate longer term planning;

• provision of after-care services;

• collaborative case management of AOD clients;

• more youth programs; and

• more health promotion and health education.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location

Professor Dennis Gray
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1624
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This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

Gray, D. (2004). Report on the Alcohol and Other Drugs Forum on Priorities for the Delivery of Treatment Services Across the Northern Territory. National Drug Research Institute, Perth. [T144]