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Drug and Alcohol Brief Intervention Team (DABIT) homepage

The Drug and Alcohol Brief Intervention Team (DABIT) is a new pilot initiative at:

  • Cairns Hospital
  • Gold Coast Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane Hospital

Based in the Departments of Emergency Medicine (DEM) of the 3 hospitals, DABIT provides acute brief interventions to patients regarding their substance use.

This new service model is based on successful services from overseas and targets people with alcohol & drug problems not currently in treatment.

There is evidence that people attending DEM often have substance use problems. Eg. Trauma, assaults & injuries can often be associated with high risk drinking and other drug usage.

By providing targeted brief interventions, we can reduce the likelihood of patients progressing from substance use to substance dependence. We can also reduce the likelihood of their re-presenting to the DEM within the next 12 months.

In this way, we can improve outcomes for patients and reduce demand on one of the most overstretched areas of the hospital.




Physical Address: Lakeside Clinic, Cairns Hospital Cairns Qld 4870
Postal Address: PO Box 902 Cairns Qld 4870
Ph:   +61 7 4226 6179

DABIT staff at Cairns Hospital consists of:

  • Cheryl Jenkins (Clinical Nurse Consultant)
  • Theresa Magee (Clinical Nurse)
  • Tina Bond (Clinical Nurse)
  • Billie Miroak (Administration Officer)
  • One Clinical Nurse is on duty in the DEM each day of the year (0700-1730)

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Last updated: 1 August 2013