MindReach: AOD – Alcohol and Other Drugs Program

A service to people who are experiencing mild to moderate drug and alcohol misuse.

Mindreach: AOD aims to increase access to support for people in the Hunter region experiencing mild to moderate drug and alcohol misuse. The program is delivered in a series of tailor-made modules to assist the person to address drug and alcohol misuse as well as co-existing mental health symptoms. People in the program will be provided regular telephone support to work through the modules.

In Australia, only half of the people that experience mild to moderate mental health symptoms (including alcohol and drug misuse) in their lifetime will access treatment. There are several reasons why people may not wish or be able to seek psychological treatment:

  • Geographical isolation – nil to minimal access to services in their local community.
  • Lack of or minimal transport.
  • Motivational issues – not ready or willing to access face-to-face treatment.
  • Concerns about drinking or drug misuse stigma.
  • Require more flexibility in regards to accessing health services – accessing care when and where it is more convenient.
  • Access to evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy modules which are targeted to the person’s specific drinking or drug treatment needs.
  • The modules contain exercises to teach skills to help manage alcohol or drug misuse (such as reducing drinking).
  • The modules can be emailed or mailed to the person.
  • People can work through the modules at their own pace at a time that is more suitable to their lifestyle.
  • People will be provided with regular phone support to work through the modules and to monitor their progress.

Services are provided at our head office in Newcastle, as well as our outreach offices in Maitland and Port Stephens.

As this is a telephone support service, we accept patients from most suburbs within the Newcastle, Hunter and Upper Hunter Regions.

At any stage of the program if the person requires more support, they will be transferred to one of our Psychologists at Hunter Primary Care for face-to-face therapy; or we can transfer them to Hunter New England Health’s Drug and Alcohol Services.

  • GPs can complete a mental health treatment plan or write a detailed referral, identifying the MindReach: AOD program and fax to HPC on 4929 7072; Or
  • The person can self-refer by calling Hunter Primary Care on 49260529

For further information please refer to the MindReach: AOD brochure or call Hunter Primary Care and speak to either Kylie Bailey (Clinical Manager) kbailey@hunterprimarycare.com.au or Kelly McDonnell (Telephone Support Worker) kmcdonnell@hunterprimarycare.com.au on 49260529.