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:
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:
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:
The main office is located at:
86-88 Foster Street
Telephone 9792 7620
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:
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: