Murray PHN is working to improve the integration and coordination of alcohol and other drug (AOD) services across our region.
Our focus is to improve workforce development for primary health workers, through education around screening, harm reduction and brief interventions related to risky licit and illicit drug use.
In addition, the workforce needs support with providing meaningful responses to people with co-occurring AOD and mental health concerns, addressing stigmatisation, cultural differences and gaining consumer participation.
In our region we know that:
- smoking rates are 26% above the state average
- alcohol consumption for increased lifetime risk of alcohol related harm is 6.5% above the Victorian average
- Emergency department presentations for co-occurring AOD and mental health disorders are higher than the Victorian average