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In 2019–20, 194 publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in Queensland provided 46,454 closed treatment episodes to 34,471 clients (tables SA.1, SCR.21). Queensland reported:
The visualisation shows that 46,454 closed treatment episodes were provided to an estimated 34,471 clients in Queensland in 2019–20. This equates to a rate of 1,038 episodes per 100,000 population, a lower rate than the 1,064 episodes reported nationally and 770 clients per 100,000 population, a higher rate than the 624 clients per 100,000 population reported nationally.
In 2019–20, most (88%) clients in Queensland attended 1 agency, and received an average of 1.3 closed treatment episodes, which is lower than the national average of 1.7 treatment episodes (tables SCR.21, SCR.23).
The visualisation includes a series of horizontal bar graphs showing that, in 2019–20, nearly all (97%) clients in Queensland received treatment for their own drug use. Of these clients, around two-thirds (65%) were male, 52% were aged 20–39, and 17% were Indigenous Australians. Nearly all clients (99%) listed English as their preferred language and most (89%) were born in Australia.
Over the period 2015–16 to 2019–20, 132,067 clients received treatment in Queensland. Of these clients:
In 2019–20, for clients in Queensland receiving treatment episodes for their own alcohol or drug use:
methamphetamine was reported as a principal drug of concern in over 4 in 5 (86%) treatment episodes (Figure 10a)
in half (50%) of treatment episodes where methamphetamine was the principal drug of concern, injecting was the most common method of use, followed by smoking (40%) (Figure 10b).
Queensland are working with service providers to encourage more specific reporting of amphetamine use (i.e. to reduce the use of ‘amphetamines not further defined’ code where possible).
Clients can nominate up to 5 additional drugs of concern; these drugs are not necessarily the subject of any treatment within the episode (see Technical notes).
When the client reported additional drugs of concern:
Over the period 2015–16 to 2019–20:
The grouped horizontal bar chart shows that, in 2019–20, alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern in treatment episodes provided to clients in Queensland for their own drug use (34%). This was followed by cannabis and amphetamines (both 27%), and heroin (1.9%). Cannabis was the most common additional drug of concern (19%), followed by nicotine (16%) and alcohol (15%).
The line graph shows that methamphetamine has remained the most common drug of concern among meth/amphetamine-related treatment episodes for clients’ own drug use since 2015–16, increasing from 65% of meth/amphetamine-related episodes in 2015–16 to 86% in 2019–20. Conversely, there was a decrease in the proportion of episodes relating to amphetamines not further defined (from 27% to 8.5%) and amphetamine (from 4.0% to 3.8%).
The stacked horizontal bar chart shows the method of use for treatment episodes related to clients’ own use of methamphetamine, amphetamine, amphetamines not further defined, and other amphetamines in Queensland in 2019–20. Injecting was the most common method of use across all amphetamine codes (50%–56% of treatment episodes), except for amphetamines where smoking was the most common method of use (41%). Other methods of use varied by meth/amphetamine type. Smoking was the second most common method of use for amphetamines not further defined (24%), methamphetamine (40%), and other amphetamines (31%).
In 2019–20, for treatment episodes in Queensland:
In Queensland, treatment episodes provided to people diverted into AOD services by police and court diversion programs are recorded as information and education. The diversion programs have contributed to the high proportion of information and education treatment episodes in Queensland due to state initiatives. Treatment involves a 60–90 minute session, including comprehensive alcohol/other drug assessment, assessment of risk-taking behaviours, physical/ mental health and provision of information to assist in reducing/ceasing alcohol or drug use and referral to further treatment if required.
The grouped horizontal bar chart shows that, in 2019–20, the most common main treatment type provided to clients in Queensland for their own drug use was counselling (43% of episodes). This was followed by information and education (21%), assessment only (14%), and withdrawal management (7.5%). Counselling (10.5%) was the most common additional treatment, followed by information and education (6.4%).
In 2019–20 in Queensland:
In the 5 years to 2019–20, the number of publicly funded treatment agencies in Queensland steadily increased from 158 in 2015–16 to 194 in 2019–20 (Table SA.1).
The horizontal bar chart shows that most treatment agencies in Queensland were located in Major cities (97 agencies), followed by Outer regional (40 agencies) and Inner regional (36 agencies) areas. Of the total 194 treatment agencies, most (132 agencies) were non-government agencies.
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