Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Questions without Notice

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

2:31 pm

Photo of Fiona NashFiona Nash (NSW, National Party, Deputy Leader of the Nationals) Share this | Hansard source

My advice is that, at this stage, there has been no decision to update the model. This would be a matter for the MDAF. The Commonwealth does not collect data on unmet demand in the specialist drug and alcohol treatment sector. The majority of the Commonwealth drug and alcohol treatment funding is provided to the primary health networks to commission services. PHNs have carried out extensive community consultations and region based needs assessments to identify the gaps in service delivery and address the needs of their local communities. In relation to state-by-state data for unmet demand, this would need to be requested from the states and territories. The states and territories are primarily responsible for funding and operating drug and alcohol services.


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