Drug and alcohol specialist support is a phone call away

27 July 2020

Hundreds of GPs have called 1800 023 687 to access drug and alcohol specialists for assistance. If you are worried about complexities of a patient or person presenting to you, this is the opportunity to get advice and guidance immediately.

What is DASAS and how can it help you?

The Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS) is a free telephone service for health professionals in NSW who require advice on the clinical management of alcohol and other drug issues. The service is funded by NSW Health and managed by St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

Who should call the DASAS phone line?

The DASAS phone line is for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals from any part of NSW. The phone line is staffed by St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney staff who are able to provide general advice and can connect callers to on-call Addiction Medicine Specialists who can provide further clinical advice.

DASAS is especially designed to support regional and rural health professionals in NSW, but is available to all NSW health professionals.

Who is providing me with the advice?

Clinical Nurse Consultants and Addiction Medicine Specialists.

When is the DASAS phone line available?

The service is free, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service will often respond to your enquiry immediately. If this is not possible the service will respond within 24 hours.

For Sydney, you can contact DASAS on (02) 9361 8006 or free call 1800 023 687 for regional and rural NSW callers.

The Alcohol and Other Drug Information Service telephone service is also available to provide 24 hour 7 day a week telephone counselling, support, referrals and information for those affected by alcohol or other drugs. ADIS counsellors are trained to work with people who are concerned about their own alcohol and drug use, as well as callers who are concerned about their family or friends. ADIS is a free service which is available to all residents of NSW. Phone: 1800 250 015