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In 2019–20, 25 publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in the Northern Territory provided 8,565 closed treatment episodes to 3,776 clients (tables SA.1–2, SCR.21).
The Northern Territory reported:
The visualisation shows that 8,565 closed treatment episodes were provided to an estimated 3,776 clients in the Northern Territory in 2019–20. This equates to a rate of 4,094 episodes and 1,805 clients per 100,000 population, a higher rate than the 1,064 episodes and 624 clients per 100,000 population reported nationally.
In 2019–20, most (79%) clients in the Northern Territory attended 1 agency, and received an average of 2.3 closed treatment episodes, which is higher 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, over 9 in 10 (95%) clients in the Northern Territory received treatment for their own drug use. Of these clients, almost one-quarter (72%) were male, 57% were aged 20–39, and 74% were Indigenous Australians. Around half of all clients (56%) listed English as their preferred language and most (95%) were born in Australia.
Over the period 2015–16 to 2019–20, 12,322 clients received treatment in the Northern Territory. Of these clients:
In 2019–20, for clients in the Northern Territory receiving treatment episodes for their own alcohol or drug use:
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).
In 2019–20, 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 the Northern Territory for their own drug use (66%). This was followed by amphetamines and cannabis (both 13%) and volatile solvents (5.1%). Cannabis was the most common additional drug of concern (19%), followed by nicotine (14%), alcohol (11%), and amphetamines (4.9%).
The line graph shows that, between 2015–16 and 2019–20, methamphetamine has remained the most common drug of concern among amphetamine-related treatment episodes for clients’ own drug use. The proportion of methamphetamine-related episodes increased from 65% in 2015–16 to 81% in 2019–20, peaking at 85% in 2017–18. Conversely, there was a decrease in the proportion of episodes relating to amphetamines not further defined (from 18% to 17%) and amphetamines (from 17% to 1.5%).
The stacked horizontal bar chart shows the method of use for treatment episodes related to clients’ own use of amphetamines in the Northern Territory in 2019–20. Smoking was the most common method of use for amphetamine and methamphetamine (31% and 50% respectively). Injecting was the most common method of use for amphetamines not further defined (60%) whilst ingesting was the most common for other amphetamines (100%). The second most common method of use varied by amphetamine code.
In 2019–20, for closed episodes in the Northern Territory:
All agencies in the Northern Territory are required to complete a separate assessment only episode prior to the commencement of treatment. This is due to a policy of monitoring the volume of assessment work performed by agencies and understanding the relationship between assessment and subsequent treatment, particularly in relation to certain alcohol-related legislatively-based programs. This policy was introduced in 2018 (reported in the 2017–18 collection year).
The grouped horizontal bar chart shows that, in 2019–20, the most common main treatment type provided to clients in the Northern Territory for their own drug use was assessment only (41% of episodes). This was followed by information and education only (25%), counselling and rehabilitation (both 13%). Counselling was also the most common additional treatment type (13%).
The Northern Territory does not have any areas classified as Major city or Inner regional. It only has locations classified as Outer regional, Remote or Very remote.
In the 5 years to 2019–20, the number of publicly funded treatment agencies rose from 23 to 25 (Table SA.1).
This horizontal bar chart shows that the Northern Territory does not have any areas classified as Major cities or Inner regional areas. Most agencies (12 agencies) were located in Outer regional areas, followed by Remote areas (8 agencies). Of the total 25 agencies located in the Northern Territory, most (20 agencies) were non-government.
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