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Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs

Cairns Community ATODS | Opioid Team | Hospital Consult Liaison | Alcohol Diversion Program | Day Withdrawal Service | Indigenous Youth | Needle & Syringe Program | Innisfail | Mossman | Tablelands | ATODS Court Liaison Service | ATODS Nurse Education Program

ATODS provides a diverse range of services that support Far North Queenslanders to make informed choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use through the provision of quality public health and clinical interventions which are evidence based and reflect contemporary best practice.

Cairns ATODS consists of the following teams:-

  • Cairns Community ATODS
  • Opioid Team
  • Hospital Consult Liaison Team
  • Alcohol Diversion Program
  • Day Withdrawal Service
  • Indigenous Youth ATODS
  • Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)
  • Innisfail Community ATODS
  • Tablelands Community ATODS
  • Mossman Community ATODS

Cairns Community ATODS
8 Aplin Street, Cairns
Ph:  07 4226 3900     

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

ATODS Cairns is a multidisciplinary team consisting of Administration Staff, Clinical Nurses, Program Officers,
Allied Health Staff and Medical Officers.

The Cairns Community Team covers from Edmonton to Palm Cove and operates from 8 Aplin Street, Cairns.

Services provided include:-

  • Free and confidential counselling and psychology services to anyone seeking help with alcohol and other drugs
  • Assisting withdrawal of alcohol and drugs
  • A home withdrawal service (conditions apply)
  • Support groups
  • Educational groups
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Nursing and medical assessments
  • Withdrawal services to people in the watch house
  • Psychological assessments
  • Support to families affected by drug and alcohol addiction and cannabis diversion (a police mandated program).
  • Specialist interventions include intensive treatment program specifically for inmates about to be released from prison
    (conditions apply) or people charged with major drug or alcohol offences related to their addiction.

How to engage with our services:-

  • Referrals are accepted from GP’s, other services, self-referrals, family members and court services/orders.
  • Advise the patient to attend one of the weekly intake sessions any Monday or Thursday at 12.00pm or to call 4226 3900.
 

Opioid Team
8 Aplin Street, Cairns
Ph:  0742263900     

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm 
and Thurs 8:00am – 12:00pm

The Opiate Treatment Program provides opioid replacement therapy (Methadone/Buprenorphine and Naloxone) and
Opiate Detoxification (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) for people experiencing problematic illicit opiate use or dependence.

How to engage with our services:-

  • Referrals are accepted from GP’s, other services, self-referrals, family members and court services.
 

Hospital Consult Liaison Team
8 Aplin Street, Cairns
Ph: 074226 3900     

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

The Hospital Consult Liaison Team provides a range of evidence based Alcohol and Drug interventions to Cairns Hospital
inpatients and to people who present to the Department of Emergency Medicine with substance use related disorders.

Services provided include:-

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Brief interventions such as education, information and motivational interviewing
  • Assisting medically supervised withdrawal management;  and
  • Referral to community and rehabilitation services.

The team includes medical and nursing staff and is supported by an Indigenous Program officer who can provide culturally
safe alcohol & drug interventions.

How to engage with our services:-

  • Internal referrals are accepted from the patients treating team by calling the Cairns Community ATODS reception 
    07 4226 3900.
  • Self-referrals and referrals from family members are accepted: Patients and family members are encouraged to
    this with the treating team first.
 

Alcohol Diversion Program (ADP)
343 Fearnley Street, Cairns
Ph:  07 4226 3600

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

ADP is a free and confidential service offered to anyone seeking help with Alcohol issues. Upon engaging with the service,
a staff member will work with the referred person to identify available options which would best meet their/your needs.
An assigned staff member will also support any individual by referral to other health care providers that offer specialist
services when appropriate if needed.

How to engage in our services:-

  • Referrals are accepted through an ATODS Intake Officer;  from GP’s, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
    Controlled Health Services, Local Indigenous Justice Group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service,
    Queensland Police Service, Public and Private Legal Representatives, Residential Rehabilitation Centres,

    Government and Non-Government Service providers, Self-referrals, Department of Child Safety and Family members.

343 Fearnley St, Manunda: Direct the client to ring 4226 3600 or walk-in anytime. To find out more information
or inquire if you are eligible to access the service, please do not hesitate to contact the ADP on the number
provided and our staff will be more
than happy assist you.

 

Day Withdrawal Service (DWS)
343 Fearnley Street, Cairns Ph:  42263600  

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

The Day Withdrawal Service offers medically supervised alcohol and drug withdrawal treatment on a day patient basis.
Treatment is delivered and monitored by ATODS nursing and medical officers. The program offers participants the opportunity
to develop knowledge and skills to support Relapse Prevention and to engage in longer term treatment and support where required.

Day Withdrawal Service (10 day program, Mon – Fri : 8.30am – 4.00pm daily : 2pm close Thursday).

How to engage with our services:-

  • The client can self-refer by calling 4226 3900 or by attending one of the weekly intake sessions at 8 Aplin St on
    Monday or Thursday at 12:30pm.
  • Provide the client with a GP letter of referral and advise them to present to ATODS at 8 Aplin St.
 

Indigenous Youth Alcohol & Other Drug Service (IYAOD)8 Aplin Street, CairnsPh:  42263900 

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

This team provides services to deliver alcohol, tobacco and substance misuse harm prevention, early intervention and treatment
services to reduce the uptake and rates of harm caused by alcohol consumption, smoking and use of illicit substances and
inhalants by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People.

  • Alcohol and Drug Assessment, Counselling and/or treatment;
  • Support and Referral;
  • Health Promotion and Education; and
  • AOD Programs for Indigenous young people aged 12-17 years.

How to engage with our services:-

 

Needle Syringe Program (NSP)
8 Aplin Street, Cairns
Ph:  42263900     

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

The Needle and Syringe Program’s (NSP) primary focus is the provision of sterile Injecting Equipment.  It does not encourage
injecting drug use but rather promote Harm Reduction strategies among people who inject drugs.

The service helps to:

  • Prevent or reduce Blood Borne Viruses (BBV);
  • Reduce risk of bacterial or other viral infection;
  • Reduce Injecting Related Injury and Disease (IRID);
  • Facilitate access to other Health and related Services;
  • Reduce the number of used needles being discarded in the community;

In addition the service also:

  • Provide brief interventions and referrals to other services to support client needs
  • Educate, encourage and facilitate clients’ access to new hepatitis C treatment
  • Conduct, participate and/or support research that focuses on harm reduction, BBV and service improvement
    example, Annual Finger Prick survey with Kirby Institute, NSW
  • Provide in-services and training sessions for external health services and agencies
  • Phlebotomy service for clients at risk of blood borne virus infection

Needle Dispensing Machines (NDM) operates 24/7 at $2 per pack.  NDM’s are located at:-

  • Cairns Hospital in front of the Emergency Department;
  • Atherton Hospital;
  • Innisfail Hospital in front of the Rankin Street entrance;
  • Edmonton Community Health Centre; and
  • Smithfield Community Health Centre.
  • Mossman Hospital & ATODS

Packs are also available in other CHHHS outreach areas such as:

Atherton Community Health
over the counter
8:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Cairns Community ATODS  
Over the counter
8:30am – 4:00pm Mon - Fri

Cooktown Hospital
1ml & 3ml packs
8am – 4.30pm Mon-Fri

Herberton Hospital
1ml & 3ml packs
8:00am – 4:30pm Mon - Fri

Innisfail Community Health (ATODS)
1ml, 3ml, 5ml, 20ml, and butterfly packs
over the counter
9:00am – 4:00pm Mon-Fri

Mareeba Hospital ATODS (Emergency Department)
3ml, 1ml packs
8:00am – 4:00pm Mon-Fri  
(After hours press buzzer)

Mt Garnet Primary Health Care Center
8:30am – 4:00pm Mon - Fri

Ravenshoe Primary Health Care Center
8:30am – 4:00pm Mon - Fri

Tully Hospital
Packs 1ml, 3ml
Over the counter
8:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri  
(Emergency Department after hours)

Mossman Hospital

Packs 1ml, 3ml
Self-Serve at ATODS
(Emergency Department after hours)

Yarrabah Emergency Department
1ml, 3ml packs

Gordonvale Palliative
1ml packs only
Over the counter
8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri

 

Innisfail Community ATODS
Innisfail Hospital Campus
Community Health Building, Alice St, Innisfail
Ph:40161637        

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

Please phone or 'walk-in' for any enquires or to gain access to Alcohol Tobacco or Other Drugs Service in Innisfail:
See outline of service provision below:-

  • Full AOD assessment, care planning, counselling as well as referral to other supports and services
    (including rehabilitation) where applicable
  • Information and support for families affected by Alcohol and Drug (AOD) use
  • Works in partnerships with community agencies and schools
  • Works collaboratively with MH for best practice in relation to dual-diagnosis clients
  • Works collaboratively with Innisfail Hospital and GPs in regard to alcohol and drug withdrawal following full
    AOD assessment and treatment planning.
  • Relapse Prevention Group – 2hrs a week for 4 weeks – held regularly through-out the year
  • “Parents under Pressure” (PuP) is a program designed for families whose life circumstances are impacting
    upon family functioning. This service is available following AOD assessment and treatment planning.
  • Needle and Syringe Program at Entry to Community Health Building

Outreach clinics are held regularly at Babinda, Tully and Mission Beach

 

Mossman Community ATODS
Mossman Multipurpose Health Services

9 Hospital Street, Mossman

Ph: 40841232   

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

Please phone or 'walk-in' for any enquires or to gain access to Alcohol Tobacco or Other Drugs Service in Mossman:  
See outline of service provision below:-

  • Counselling for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug problems
  • Community Education and awareness
  • Brief intervention and prevention sessions
  • Inpatient alcohol withdrawal Mossman Hospital
  • Home Detoxification – supervised withdrawal management for people dependent on alcohol with support from GP.
  • Support to families affected by another person’s alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Outreach clinics are held regularly at Port Douglas as well as Cow Bay where conditions apply

 

Tablelands Community ATODSMareeba Hospital Campus
21 Lloyd Street, Mareeba

Ph: 40929365         

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

Please phone or 'walk-in' for any enquires or to gain access to Alcohol Tobacco or Other Drugs Service based at Mareeba Hospital :
See outline of service provision below:-

  • Individual counselling
  • Support families affected by AOD use
  • Partnerships with community agencies
  • Working collaboratively with MH for clients with dual diagnosis
  • Staff include: Clinical nurses, Indigenous Health Worker, Clinical counsellor
  • Community Alcohol Withdrawal Management, in partnership with the client’s GP (conditions apply)
  • Step Forward Relapse Prevention & Management Program group for 4 weeks
  • Parenting Under Pressure (PuP)
  • Professional services peer support

Multiple outreach clinics (Throughout the Tablelands area)

ATODS Court Liaison Service

Office G2, Ground Floor, Cairns Court House
Sheridan
Street, Cairns  
Ph: 0459 802 670


Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00am – 11.00am
(Contact ATODS Intake Officer on  4226 3900 if office is unattended)

ATODS Court Liaison Service is a free, confidential service based at the Cairns Courthouse- Office G2 on the ground floor.
The initiative strengthens the interface between the criminal justice system and public health services by assisting offenders
with substance misuse problems to access treatment services earlier.
Early access to treatment can assist with reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs, to individuals,
their families and the wider community.

Referrals to the Court Liaison Service can be made by the Court (Magistrates or higher courts), legal representatives,
police prosecutors, service providers or individuals themselves.
Speak to the Court Liaison Officer:

  • at the court you are attending;
  • in office G2 on Ground Floor;
  • phone the contact number for the service- 0459 802 670; or
  • phone ATODS General Intake Officer Ph: 4226 3900 if office is unattended.

ATODS Nurse Education Program

343 Fearnley Street,
Manunda, Cairns
Ph:  4226 3600


Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

A range of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) training and education is delivered by the Nurse Educator and other members of the
ATODS team to government and non-government services within the CHHHS. The Nurse Educator also delivers support and
AOD education to the Cape, Northern Peninsular Area, the Torres and the Mt Isa Hospital and Health Services.

Education provided includes:

  • The four credentialed AOD core competency skills based workshops delivered in collaboration with Insight
  • Quitting Cannabis 1 to 6 and ACCU – Specific evidence based cannabis interventions for clinicians delivered in
    collaboration with NCPIC
  • The Three Day AOD Workshop on “How to Work with Clients Who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol”
  • The Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) package – The IRIS is a culturally secure and validated screening tool
    and brief intervention for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
  • A variety of single topic AOD education sessions
  • Preceptorship training

Bookings can be made by contacting the Nurse Educator.

Last updated: 19 April 2017