Substance Use Support

Substance Use Program

The Substance Use program provides support and advocacy to clients experiencing drug and alcohol issues. Clients are supported through case management, counselling, support, advocacy and group programs. In addition to this, Smoking Cessation support is also available to clients who wish to quit smoking. Information, counselling and access to pharmacotherapy, such as nicotine replacement therapy is available through our GP’s.

Needle Syringe Program
The Needle Syringe program (NSP) is a program the SCMSAC provides to injecting drug users (IDU). Our services provides one on one client support though in clinic and outreach services where clients can talk to their case worker about arranging clean fit packs and disposing of needles in a safe way.

The NSP is what is considered a secondary outlet, we provide clean fit packs through an internal cupboard both at the Jane Ardler Centre and Wreck Bay Clinic, clients can walk into these facilities and access theses packs. We also provide clean fit packs through our ADM (Automatic Dispensing Machine) which costs $2, this is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week located on the northern external wall of the Jane Ardler Centre.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS)

Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) is a national program that aims to reduce smoking as the most preventable cause of ill health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is associated with an increased risk of a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, renal disease, eye disease and respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Smoking rates of Indigenous people are significantly higher than non-Indigenous people and health outcomes are poorer. Approximately 44% of Indigenous people smoke.

Services that is provided through the delivery of the program includes:

  • Education and support
  • Health promotion
  • Brief intervention
  • Quit support groups
  • Referrals to GP to access NRT
  • Information and resources
  • Links and referral to other service providers

Find out more about our TIS program



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