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


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 person centred alcohol and/or drug counselling (12 sessions) for people of diverse gender and sexuality, their partners, family and friends.  Counsellors use evidence based therapeutic approaches to support behaviour change and provide harm reduction psycho education to assist clients to better understand and manage their use, reduce or quit, and improve their mental and physical health outcomes.

Aftercare support can also be arranged for clients who are exiting residential treatment programs.  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.In planning for the end of treatment, counsellors work with clients to develop skills and strategies for relapse prevention, harm minimisation and self-care.  Counsellors also help clients identify the formal and informal support networks and groups available and appropriate to them.

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 video 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


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 aims to assist public Drug and Alcohol Services to work collaboratively with you and your General Practice. A GLAD Drug and Alcohol Nurse can provide support to you and your patients through: 

  • Phone Advice
  • Practice visits
  • Assessment and treatment plans
  • Collaborative shared-care

This project is a 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 (SVHN). 

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. 

To arrange a referral to a Drug and Alcohol Service (partnered in the GLAD project), please contact:

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

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District GP Hotline: 1300 980 422
Or fax a written referral to (02) 8302 6522

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

Zara Bernadi (Clinical Nurse Consultant) & Dr Sharon Reid PhD FRACGP, DHS Medical Officer and GP Academic Lead 
Mon – Thu 8.00am – 4.30pm  

Mobile: 0436 691 533

SLHD Drug Health Services (DHS) after hours phone advice (urgent, need for hospital care): Call 9515 06111 (RPAH switchboard) and ask to speak to the DHS Registrar on call.


Referral letters to SLHD DHS outpatient clinics: "Attention Professor Paul Haber, Clinical Director Drug Health Services SLHD" fax: 02 9515 8970 or email, or direct referrals to other specialists where known.

Referrals to GLAD CNC: mobile 0436 691 533, email

SLHD DHS Intake service: For healthcare-provider and patient-initiated service enquiries, phone 1800 793 466

St Vincent’s Hospital (Darlinghurst)

Call St Vincent’s Intake Line
Phone: 02 9361 8080

Referrals may be sent:
Fax: 02 8382 3111

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 / South Eastern Sydney Health Pathways

  pdf GLAD Flyer (151 KB)


The Haymarket Foundation AOD Counselling service



What is the Haymarket Foundation AOD Counselling service?

The Alcohol and other Drug Counselling Service 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 Psychologist works with people through face to face sessions and digital communications.

The service is open to marginalised and disadvantaged people. The service provides ongoing support as well as opportunities to assist clients develop themselves through self-exploration and understanding within a therapeutic AOD approach.

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


The service is available to individuals over the age of 18. The service is designed for people who are marginalised and disadvantaged people and who seek change in their lives.

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 Line on 1800 011 511.

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 takes a collaborative approach in working with people face to face and digital communications, connecting them to appropriate AOD recovery pathways, respectful in matching the needs of the person with appropriate recovery treatment options.

The WLSS provides drug and alcohol information and advice, as well as ongoing support, working with each person no matter what stage they are at in their recovery journey. We understand that every recovery journey is unique and therefore take an adaptive person-centred approach in making sure our supports are right for you.

The WLSS is a program that assists people experiencing homelessness, disadvantaged, or marginalized, as well as family members, GP’s and other health care professionals, in navigating AOD treatment. The service provides drug and alcohol case management and counselling, as well as therapeutic psychoeducation groups, care coordination, referral assistance, and advocacy. The service addresses AOD holistically alongside mental, physical and behavioural health to help achieve positive outcomes.


The service is available to individuals over the age of 18. The service is designed for people who are marginalised and disadvantaged people and who seek change in their lives.

How to access the service?

Free call 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 & Pathways Miranda- The Salvation Army

What is Pathways and who can use it?


Pathways 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?

The service is located in Maroubra and Miranda:

Pathways Maroubra

Located at 100 Boyce Road, Maroubra, NSW 2035

Contact Pathways Maroubra: 0408 798 172 or 0427 394 155


Pathways Miranda

Located at 23 Kiora Road, Miranda NSW 2228

Contact Pathways Miranda: 02 9540 4460



Salvation Army (Salvos)



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 aim of the organisation is to improve the health and quality of life of people who present with issues such as homelessness or at risk of become homeless and or unemployed, drug & alcohol, mental health and living skills issues. This is done by informing clients of available service options in consultation with relevant community health clinics and other services like Housing NSW, Mental health services, Detox, and rehab facilities, GP, Legal services, Dental Care and other services, advocacy is provided on behalf of the client. The Station Ltd is primarily a Referral and Advocacy agency.

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 ambulatory model of Withdrawal Management for low-to-moderate withdrawal within their Therapeutic Community programs. This service is based at the WHOS Lilyfield (formally known as Rozelle) site for people admitting to the WHOS Residential Programs. WHOS Withdrawal Management Nurses contact individuals prior to admission to assess withdrawal needs and to develop a withdrawal management plan ensuring those requiring low to moderate withdrawal management can admit directly to the services and withdrawal managed by the WHOS Nurses.

CESPHN also funds identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer positions at WHOS, who work across the residential and day 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

 Withdrawal Management Initiative Evaluation

An evaluation sought to assess improvements in client outcomes and initial engagement resulting from the introduction of specialist withdrawl nurses at WHOS residential Therapeutic Communities (TCs) in Sydney. 

You can read the Evaluation pdf here  (623 KB)

We Help Ourselves (WHOS) Hub Service - Lilyfield


What is the WHOS Hub?

The WHOS Hub® – Lilyfield 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 have applied for the WHOS residential rehabilitation programs and require support whilst on a waiting list or have participated in the WHOS residential treatment programs at Lilyfiled and have had to leave prematurely or require ongoing support post completion of the WHOS residential program.

How to access the service

Call We Help Ourselves WHOS on 02 8572 7444 or visit

  pdf WHOS Hub - Lilyfield Flyer (88 KB)


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



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



What is the role of Mental Health Nurse Coordinator Support at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre?

The Mental Health Nurse Coordinator at the Sydney MSIC aims to:

  • Provide frontline mental health care and support to registered MSIC clients. 
  • Improve networks between MSIC and local mental health services to allow for better integrated care
  • Facilitate coordinated care planning between a diverse group of health services, leading to improved outcomes for clients

How to access the service?

Drop in to the service located directly opposite Kings Cross Station, entry via Darlinghurst Road.

Contact Details

Phone: 9360 1191

Additional changes


Primary Care Telehealth Alcohol Withdrawal and Recovery - Applied Recovery Co.



The telehealth and digital Primary Care Telehealth Alcohol Withdrawal and Recovery Service (PCWRS) provides all the clinical components of a withdrawal service, including consultations with a General Practitioner (GP) and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Nurse delivered through telehealth video consultation and online technology support to individuals through their care journey. 

The service is currently in Proof of Concept stage and available to individuals requiring mild to moderate alcohol withdrawal, who meet inclusion criteria to receive support at home.

The service provides:
  • Program introduction and suitability assessment with AOD Nurse
  • Readiness check and blood tests review with AOD Nurse
  • Daily check in with AOD Nurse throughout detox
  • Oversight by Clean Slate GP throughout detox
  • Online technology support to individuals
  • Care package for each individual containing breathalyser and vitamin regime
  • Collaboration with local GP to facilitate health summary, blood tests and observation.
  • Post detox review and aftercare by Clean Slate GP
  • 1, 3, 6 and 12-month follow ups with AOD Nurse
  • Regular updates to local GP following each review plus discharge summary with aftercare details.

Hours of Operation

Consultations with AOD nurse and GP will be provided within the following hours:
Mon to Fri: 7.00am - 7.00pm
Support is also facilitated via online technology as needed. 


  • Mild to moderate alcohol dependence
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Local named GP

Exclusion criteria:

  • History of withdrawal seizure
  • Complex comorbidities or mental health issue
  • Concurrent other drug dependence
  • Lack of support person
  • Lack of secure housing

How do I refer?

 You can refer to us via:

Fax - 02 8088 7814
Phone - 02 3813 8104

HealthLink Secure Messaging: clnslate
Medical Objects Secure Messaging: Dr Chris Davis, Provider Number: 4842356H

Or simply direct patients to the Clean Slate Clinic Website and ask them to contact us

Do you need a referral letter?

We do not officially need a referral letter however we will be writing to you to ask for recent blood tests (ideally less than 6 weeks old) and a health summary.

Is there anything I can ask my patients to do whilst they are waiting to speak to you?

 Start taking thiamine, 200mg daily, as soon as possible. We would also advise them to keep drinking to the same levels until we can assess them. You could also direct them to for some excellent support and information. Please also consider a mental health care plan as appropriate.

For more information about the program:

 NSW PHN Webinar - A practical guide to alcohol home detox for GPs and further information about the telehealth model:

Home Detox - Supporting patients to overcome alcohol addiction
Australian Prescriber 3 December 2018

​RACGP Webinar March 2019 
A practical guide to alcohol home detox for GP's