Alcohol and drug services – south east

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

Primary Care Clinic

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
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 needle Syringe Program provides an integrated service to 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. The NSP dispensing machines are located at Monash, Dandenong and Casey Hospitals

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

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

Addiction Medicine Unit

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.

Dual Diagnosis

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

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