Monash Health Drug and Alcohol Service is a service within the Mental Health Program of Monash Health committed to providing opportunities for change and growth for people affected by problematic alcohol and drug use, improving their physical and mental health, and reconnecting them to their family and the community.

In mid-2014 Monash Health joined The South Eastern Consortium of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (secada) formed to provide alcohol and other drug (AOD) services in the South Eastern metropolitan catchment. The consortium comprises South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local in collaboration with Odyssey House Victoria, Taskforce Community Agency, Youth Support & Advocacy Service, Windana Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Monash Health Drug and Alcohol Service (SEADS), connected through an MOU and a united commitment to providing opportunities for change and growth in the catchment.

Secada will provide:

  • Intake and Assessment
  • Counselling – standard and complex,
  • Care & Recovery Coordination
  • Non-residential Withdrawal Services
  • Referrals to Residential Withdrawal Services and Rehabilitation Services.

Secada provides a new single point of contact for all clients and referring organisations; by calling 1800 14 25 36, clients access the secada initial telephone intake and screening service.

Secada face to face services are located in:

  • Berwick
  • Cockatoo
  • Cranbourne
  • Dandenong
  • Koo Wee Rup
  • Narre Warren
  • Pakenham
  • Springvale

For further information visit www.semml.com.au/secada

Monash Health Drug & Alcohol Services

In addition to the services provided as part of the Secada Consortium, Monash Health offers the following services to people with problematic drug and alcohol use:

  • Addiction Medicine Unit for inpatients and outpatients of Monash Health Hospitals
  • Primary Health Clinic and Needle Syringe Program for people who inject drugs
  • Southern Dual Diagnosis Service for agencies providing AOD or Mental Health Services

The main office is located at:

86-88 Foster Street

Dandenong 3175

Telephone 9792 7620

The Addiction Medicine Unit

The Addiction Medicine Unit has evolved from a 2002 initiative with Department of Health under the Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) to reduce presentations of patients to the emergency departments to a full specialist consultation liaison service. The current team is made up of Clinical Nurse Consultants, a Community Development worker, Addiction Specialist Consultants and rotating Junior and Registrar medical staff.

The Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC) provide quality advanced assessment, care and discharge planning advice, and consultation for people of all ages presenting in the Emergency Department or inpatient wards with conditions caused or exacerbated by problematic drug or alcohol use. Community support is subsequently provided to people discharged from hospital where the substance misuse has been identified as likely to contribute to further hospital presentations or for ongoing treatment support.

The three CNC positions, based in Casey, Clayton and Dandenong Hospitals, particularly enhance expertise within the Emergency Departments and complement the availability of expert medical care for complex patients with AOD issues.

The AMU specialist medical team provides supervision and support to the CNCs as well as undertaking post-discharge outpatient reviews. In addition specialist assessments are undertaken in Dandenong and Berwick for people referred by general practitioners, medical specialists or other agencies for diagnosis or treatment advice. A limited Complex Pharmacotherapy service is also provided in Dandenong CBD.

For referral to the Addiction Medicine Unit please call 9554 8201 or fax 9554 8693.

The Primary Health Clinic and Needle Syringe Program provide an integrated service for people who inject drugs.

The focus of the on-site NSP is to provide an extensive range of injecting and other paraphernalia under a Harm Minimisation Framework to:
• Reduce the impact on the public environment (public amenity, discarded injecting equipment, crime, costs to business, and displacement from public spaces).
• Reduce the risk to the injectors, including risk of blood-borne virus and other infections, drug overdose, and the harms associated with public drug use.
• Reduce the social impact on individuals, families and communities.

An NSP Outreach service and three 24hr syringe dispensing machines provide sterile injecting and other equipment across the Cities of Greater Dandenong, Casey, Monash, Frankston and the Shire of Cardinia.

NSP Outreach seven days per week: 6:30pm to 10:30pm – Telephone: 1800 642 287

NSP 84 Foster Street, Dandenong: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday – Telephone: 9792 7630. Not open weekends or Public Holidays

NSP dispensing machines at Monash, Dandenong and Casey Hospitals
The Primary Health Clinic provides a broad range of health care including pharmacotherapies, acute drug overdose response, sexual health, vaccinations, general and specialised health care, nursing care, mental health, dietary advice, gender specific as well as practical supports for people who inject drugs.

Specific services include:

  • Blood-borne virus testing
  • HIV and hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment
  • Vein care advice and wound care dressings
  • Information and education to reduce harms associated with injecting
  • Sexual health and antenatal care
  • First aid and overdose response
  • Vaccinations
  • Outreach support
  • Social support and referrals

For complex clients, the general practitioner, pharmacotherapy/other nurse practitioner and the community health nurse form the core of the complex case planning and management team. Less complex clients will be stabilised and referred to other practitioners in their home suburb, with or without opiate pharmacotherapy treatment.

Primary Health Clinic, 84 Foster Street, Dandenong: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday – Telephone: 9792 7630.

The Southern Dual Diagnosis Service (SDDS) is a multidisciplinary team of experienced health professionals who support:

  • Public Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Other Drug sector agencies
  • Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS)
  • The team aim to improve treatment outcomes for individuals who have a co-existing mental health and substance use issues. This is achieved by offering:
  • Secondary consultations
  • Networks and partnerships to improve treatment pathways and options
  • Education and training for mental health, drug and alcohol and MHCSS staff
  • Opportunities to discuss and review individual cases / issues related to dual diagnosis consumers.
  • Support to organisations to develop dual diagnosis capabilities
  • Primary consultations in collaboration with the primary case manager/worker, working within a harm reduction framework and providing comprehensive assessments of both disorders and treatment recommendations
  • The SDDS team can be contacted by calling the office on 03 9556 5255 or emailing sdds@localhost/Joomla_2

 

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