AOD commissioned services

Below are a list of the Drug and Alcohol programs that CESPHN have commissioned in line with the assessed needs of the region.

Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program

What is the AMS Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program?

The Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programme provides culturally appropriate non-residential treatment programmes, pharmacotherapies, counselling, referral services and aftercare.

The AMS provides a range of services including:

  • Client focused health promotion including harm minimisation advice
  • Infectious disease screening and contact tracing
  • General primary medical care
  • Counselling for drug and alcohol issues
  • Methadone maintenance and buprenorphine out-patient detoxification and maintenance pharmacotherapy treatment programs
  • Outpatient rehabilitation services
  • Outreach counselling
  • Referral services
  • Dual diagnosis management in conjunction with AMS general medical, psychiatry and psychology clinics


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are registered patients/clients of the service and their families.
  • Clients over 18 who present with substance use.

How to access the service?

Self-referral or via an allied health service.

Contact Details

Aboriginal Medical Centre
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program
36 Turner Street, Redfern, NSW 2016.
Phone: (02) 93195823

ACON Substance Support Program

ACON provide confidential FREE short-term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for people of diverse gender and sexuality, their partners, family and friends in relation to their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counsellors work from a harm reduction approach to assist clients reach their goals to manage use, reduce or quit.

Aftercare support is also provided to clients exiting residential treatment programs linking in with the service prior to exiting. Clients of the Substance Support Service are also supported to access detox and residential rehabilitation as required and are followed up in preparation to leaving as part of a transition plan.

Clients are supported to actively participate in care planning including discharge preparations. A key element of this is relapse prevention and the development of support networks including service options such as support groups.

Clients can be linked in with a range of ACON’s programs including our care coordination and sexual health testing.


ACON’s Substance Support provides services to people of diverse gender and sexuality, their partners, family and friends over the age of 18.

How to access the service?

This service is offered in Sydney. Outside of Sydney, this service is available by phone or Skype anywhere in regional NSW.
To access this service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone.
For more information or to undertake a brief assessment please contact our Sydney office or submit an enquiry.
Phone: 02 9206 2000

  pdf ACON Substance Support Flyer (891 KB)

Evaluation of ACON's Substance Support Service

The Substance Support Program is one of few drug and alcohol services in Australia that is specifically designed for people of diverse sexuality and gender. University of New South Wales (UNSW) conducted an evaluation that examines the impact of the service on clients' substance use and psychological wellbeing, and whether clients of the service reported different treatment outcomes to clients attending mainstream services. 

Read the full evaluation report here

More information can be found here


Community Restorative Centre - AOD Transition Project


Community Restorative Centre’s (CRC) Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Transition Project delivers holistic treatment to people with complex needs on release from prison in the CESPHN. The program provides pre-release engagement and AOD support and counselling within a holistic approach that recognises the social and community context of AOD use, working with individuals to develop skills to manage AOD use.

CESPHN also fund two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Transition Workers as part of the project, to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the program.


  • Experience of imprisonment
  • Geographic location on release from prison.
  • Problematic AOD use which is connected to offending behaviour
  • Willingness to engage with the service (non-mandated involvement)
  • Difficulty accessing mainstream AOD services

Priority is given to clients who come from backgrounds of complex disadvantage and who have had difficulty accessing mainstream AOD services. 

How to access the service?
Contact by phone: (02) 9288 8700 or request AOD Transition Program Referral Form through CRC’s online enquiry from.

Referrals can also be made through Service and Programs Officers (SAPO), Parole officers or Case Manager within NSW corrections.



Community Restorative Centre

GP Liaison in Alcohol and other Drug (GLAD) Project

GLAD is a new collaboration with public Alcohol and other Drug (AoD) services in all three Local Health Districts within CESPHN: South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD); Sydney Local Health District (SLHD); and St Vincent’s Health Network (SVNH).

Some drug and alcohol issues can be chronic and complex, and GPs may need specialist advice, support and referral options to assist patients with these issues. Our multidisciplinary team, made up of doctors and nurses very experienced in the management of alcohol and other drug problems, understands the challenges of managing people with complex multimorbidity. We’re committed to assisting you help your patients to improve their health and wellbeing. We offer;

  • Advice, support and information
  • Referral consultation clinic
  • Education - we run CPD events with CESPHN (please see usual CESPHN educational updates for details). We are happy to visit you at your surgery and run training and/or information sessions for you and your colleagues.

All people 18 years and over, resident in CESPHN area with risky or hazardous substance use or substance use disorders are eligible to be seen in our services. For more information about GLAD email

For advice:

Phone DASAS (Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service) 02 9361 8006 or 1800-023-687 – 24 hours, 7 days per week

Online clinical advice and pathways: Sydney Health Pathways / SES Health Pathways

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (Sydney Eye, Prince of Wales, St George & Sutherland Hospitals)

Phone: DASAS (Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service) 02 9361 8006 or 1800-023-687 – 24 hours, 7 days per week

Sydney Local Health District (RPAH, Concord, Canterbury Hospital)

Phone: 0436691533 Ask for on call Drug and Alcohol Doctor


St Vincent’s Hospital (Darlinghurst)

Phone: 02 8382 1111 Ask for on call Drug and Alcohol Doctor


For referral:

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (Sydney Hospital, Prince of Wales, St George & Sutherland Hospitals)

GP referral Hotline: 1300 980 422

Fax referral to: 02 8302 6522 (Sydney Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital)

02 9113 1282 (St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital)

Sydney Local Health District (Royal Prince Alfred, Concord & Canterbury Hospitals)

Phone: 02 9378 1300

Or Phone: GP Liaison Nurse Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4.30 pm: 0436 691 533


St Vincent’s Health Network (Hospital in Darlinghurst)

Centralised Intake Line: 02 9361 8080

Or Phone GP Liaison Nurse: 0436 607 480

Fax referral letters to: 02 8382 3111

The Haymarket Foundation Drug and Alcohol Project

What is the Haymarket Foundation AOD Counselling service?

The Drug and Alcohol Counselling Service (DAACS) is an evolution of the Haymarket Foundation’s long standing counselling services. The program is delivered by an experienced clinical psychologist and is run from the Haymarket Foundations AOD offices in Woolloomooloo.

The service is open to men, woman, transgender and gender diverse people of all backgrounds with co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions and provides ongoing support as well as opportunities to assist clients develop themselves through self-exploration and understanding within a therapeutic AOD approach.

The DAACS service provides the following services: Individual and group psychotherapy, harm minimization, assessment and referral, relapse prevention therapy, care coordination, psycho education, crisis intervention, family and couples psychotherapy.


The DAACS is available to individuals over the age of 18. The service is designed for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, people who do not have a medicare card and people who seek change in their lives.

How to access the service?

Freecall 1300 029 202 or direct 9197 9740 or email
Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 3.30pm
140 Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo


The Haymarket Foundation

The Haymarket Foundation Waiting List Support Service

What is the Haymarket Foundation Waiting List Support Service?

The Waiting List Support Service (WLSS) is a face to face and phone-based service designed to help people access drug and alcohol interventions.

The WLSS provides information and advice about available drug and alcohol interventions, as well as ongoing support for people who are waiting to access services.

This information and advisory service is designed to assist individuals, family members, GPs and other health care professionals in navigating the AOD sector and finding the right information about available treatment options.

The service provides assistance to individuals over the age of 18 with substance use to join and stay on a waiting list for a treatment service. Services include individual and group psychotherapy, care coordination, service navigation support, information and referral and advocacy.


The WLSS can provide ongoing support to individuals over the age of 18 who would like to access a Drug and Alcohol treatment service. The information and advice service is available to everyone and is valuable for family members, GPs and other health professionals who are seeking information on drug and alcohol services.

A referral from a medical professional is not required.

Note: This is not a crisis service, in an emergency please call triple zero (000). To be put in touch with your local mental health service, call the NSW Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511.

How to access the service?

Freecall 1300 029 202 or direct 9197 9731 or email
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4.00pm for an appointment or drop in at 140 Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo.


The Haymarket Foundation

Pathways Maroubra - The Salvation Army

What is Pathways Maroubra and who can use it?

Pathways Maroubra is a non-residential program providing case management, counselling, drug and alcohol support, and educational and therapeutic group programs.

Evidence based tools are used to ensure effective matching of services for the person, which may include individual, group based and telephone support.

Therapeutic and educational group sessions include:

  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Relapse prevention and management
  • Developing a healthy and positive lifestyle
  • Values and goals identification
  • Harm reduction strategies


  • People over 18 experiencing problems or harms related to alcohol and other drug use.
  • Those that do not meet the criteria of problematic substance use will be offered an appropriate referral.

How to access the service?


Salvation Army (Salvos)
13 SALVOS (13 72 58)

pdf Pathways Maroubra Flyer (2.88 MB)

NUAA Peer Connect

What is NUAA Peer Connect and who can use it?

Peer Connect supports consumers and peer workers to participate meaningfully in drug and alcohol service delivery. It seeks to increase consumer participation and build a lived experience workforce in the AOD sector, through delivery of a comprehensive education program, codesigned with consumers to support skill building and readiness for working within an AOD organisation.

Peer Connect supports the training and growth of the local consumer and peer workforce through:

  • Building the skills of Crown Street Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) volunteers
  • Collaboration with local AOD services to establish NUAA volunteer placements following training
  • Supporting the transition of NUAA volunteers in to paid roles through mentoring and tailored training


A “peer” is considered someone with lived experience within the area of work they are undertaking (for example, a history of injecting drug use in needle and syringe program work). “Lived experience” is be determined through self-disclosure by participants.

How to access the service?

Contact NUAA: 8354 7300 or free call 1800 644 413 or

Choices - The Salvation Army OASIS Youth Services


Choices is a non-residential substance abuse program for homeless and disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 years. The choices program is the primary response to youth substance abuse and assists young people to develop the necessary skills to maintain a stable and balanced lifestyle by providing a safe and supportive environment to access counselling, group work activities and a range of supports, including:

  • One-on-one counselling for young people affected by alcohol and other drugs
  • Wellbeing, educational and recreational activities which focus on AOD, mental health, physical health, fitness, recreation, relationships, stress management, parenting and harm minimisation
  • Provide support, follow up and aftercare services
  • Referral to a range of primary health and community- based services


The service is for homeless and disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 years affected by alcohol and other drugs.

How to access the service?

The service is located at 365 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Contact Oasis Youth Support Network: 9331 2266
The Salvation Army


Odyssey House Community Services

What is Odyssey House Community Services (OHCS) and who can use it?

Odyssey House Community Services delivers a range of free alcohol and other drug (AOD) services within a holistic stepped care treatment model. The model includes aftercare support, psychosocial counselling for individuals with co-occurring substance misuse and mental health (MH) disorders with access to individual care co-ordination and counselling. Programs are flexible, evidence based, client centred, and aim to achieve positive client outcomes through an integrated approach and include:

  • Aftercare
    The Odyssey House Community Services Aftercare services are designed as a two stage AOD recovery program that a client can access at either the commencement of their treatment journey or at the end of their time in a residential AOD service or for support post relapse. The model is designed to be responsive to client needs such as education regarding substance misuse, providing relapse prevention education and care coordination that will assist with other issues such as housing, unemployment, money management and health or mental health issues. The Aftercare AOD Recovery Groups provide an accessible treatment option for clients who are under the supervision of Community Corrections or are currently engaged in a MERIT Program.
  • Psychosocial Counselling
    The psychosocial counselling services can be delivered in conjunction with aftercare services, and aim to equip clients with co-occurring AOD and MH issues with therapeutic tools which will support and sustain their recovery from both AOD and MH issues. There is a Mental Health Recovery group program run over 8 weeks which is focussed on supporting clients through their treatment journey and developing strategies to build resilience and wellbeing.

Clients can also access one on one support through counselling with qualified clinicians.

All services are free and a Mental Health Care Plan is not required.


  • Current alcohol and/or other drug dependency or history of;
  • Residing in the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN region
  • 18 and over for all programs
  • Under 18 can access for counselling only

How to access the service?

Contact Odyssey House directly 1800 397 739


Odyssey House NSW

pdf Odyssey House AOD Recovery Brochure (651 KB)

The Station Drug and Alcohol Service

What is The Station Drug and Alcohol Service and who can use it?

The Station Drug and Alcohol Service operates as a drop-in and support service providing drug and alcohol counselling with a focus on co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol support needs, case management, advocacy and referral.

The services offered are:

  • Drug and alcohol counselling and case management for clients experiencing substance use issues.
  • Advocacy and referrals for further treatment options assisting clients throughout the process.
  • Support to address co-morbidity issues of clients (drug and alcohol and mental health issues).


  • Any client who is over 21 years old presenting with a substance use issue.
  • Clients who drop into The Station who are needing support for their drug and alcohol issues.

How to access the service?

We Help Ourselves (WHOS) Withdrawal Management

What is the Withdrawal Management service?

WHOS deliver an innovative community based ambulatory model of Withdrawal Management care for low-to-moderate withdrawal needs. This service is based at the WHOS Rozelle site for people who present for admission to the WHOS Residential Programs. It provides clients with support for detoxification before entering further treatment with WHOs, within a community-based environment with access to support from the existing day programs.

CESPHN also fund identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer positions at WHOs, who work across the day residential programs to provide culturally appropriate support.


Clients will be assessed for suitability to the WHOS Withdrawal Management program or may be referred for hospital detoxification.

How to access the service?

Self-referral, via an allied health service, by application from a general practitioner working in collaboration with SLHD or SESLHD departments/detoxes or a WHOS nurse.

Contact Details

We Help Ourselves
PO Box 1779,
Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: (02) 85727444

Service Manager: Carolyn Stubley (Nurse Manager) WHOS: 8572 7471


Weave's Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program

Weave’s Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program supports young people experiencing co-existing mental health and alcohol and/or other drug challenges. A clinical diagnosis is not necessary for participation in this program.

Our core support for young people includes individualised case management and/or counselling support, and Information and referral. Young people accessing the Speak Out Program can move between group work, project work, community and leadership activities and back into individualised support as needed. Young people can “Weave” between the diverse range of program components and each young person’s engagement and journey with Speak Out is unique.


Young people 12 – 28 years who are experiencing co-existing mental health and alcohol and/or other drug challenges. A clinical diagnosis is not necessary for participation in this program.

How to access the service:

Contact Weave by phone: 9318 0539

Or pop into the office between 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Corner Elizabeth and Allen Streets, Waterloo, NSW, 2017



WHOS Hub – Rozelle Day Program


The WHOS Hub® – Rozelle Day Program is located on the site of the existing WHOS residential rehabilitation program to:

  • Support those seeking admission to the residential program and maintain motivation to seek help while waiting to be admitted.
  • Introduction to the Therapeutic Community model of treatment and what it entails
  • Provide a key point of contact when leaving a WHOS residential program with the aim of continued engagement for ongoing support
  • Provide a drop-in point for those who have left a WHOS residential program prematurely and assist them to re-engage in treatment and/or support networks.
  • Deliver brief and/or psychosocial interventions delivered through structured one-on-one or group work focusing on change preparedness and motivational enhancement
  • Provide harm reduction initiatives and overdose prevention strategies pre and post residential treatment.


Adults 18 years and over who originated or currently reside in the CESPHN region, who have experienced or are currently experiencing moderate to severe alcohol and other drug use (AOD) issue that are clinically indicated for residential rehabilitation or have participated in the WHOS residential treatment programs at Rozelle and have had to leave prematurely.

How to access the service

Call We Help Ourselves WHOS on 02 8572 7444 or visit


Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) - Mental Health Nurse Coordinator


The Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre is a non-judgmental harm reduction drop-in service for people who inject drugs. Holistic support provided, including a mental health nurse coordinator for people with mental health and drug and alcohol support needs. 

Phone: 1800 864 846