Do the types of treatment Australians receive for cannabis use vary by jurisdiction?

The type of treatment Australians receive for cannabis use varies substantially between Australians states/territories.

In NSW, counselling accounts for 45% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 13%; assessment accounts for 14%; support and case management accounts for 17%; rehabilitation accounts for 7%; information and education accounts for 1%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 3%. In VIC, counselling accounts for 29% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 17%; assessment accounts for 7%; support and case management accounts for 40%; rehabilitation accounts for 1%; information and education accounts for 3%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 4%. In QLD, counselling accounts for 29% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 3%; assessment accounts for 8%; support and case management accounts for 3%; rehabilitation accounts for 2%; information and education accounts for 54%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 0.8%. In WA, counselling accounts for 84% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 3%; assessment accounts for 3%; support and case management accounts for 3%; rehabilitation accounts for 1%; information and education accounts for 5%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 0.5%. In SA, counselling accounts for 26% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 12%; assessment accounts for 51%; support and case management accounts for 3%; rehabilitation accounts for 2%; information and education accounts for 2%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 3%. In TAS, counselling accounts for 42% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 0.6%; assessment accounts for 23%; support and case management accounts for 2%; rehabilitation accounts for 20%; information and education accounts for 10%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 3%. In ACT, counselling accounts for 30% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 4%; assessment accounts for 9%; support and case management accounts for 18%; rehabilitation accounts for 6%; information and education accounts for 32%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 0.9%. In the NT, counselling accounts for 28% of treatment episodes; withdrawal management accounts for 4%; assessment accounts for 42%; support and case management accounts for 1%; rehabilitation accounts for 12%; information and education accounts for 7%; and other types of treatment (including pharmacotherapy) accounts for 6%.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2017-18.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.

Treatment Episode: A period of contact between a client and a treatment provider. Only ‘closed’ treatment episodes are included in the data used here. An episode is closed if there is a change in the principal drug of concern, main treatment, or service delivery setting; if the treatment ends; or if the patient is imprisoned or dies.