Skip to main content
18 Mar. 2019

AOD use in regional and remote Australia: consumption, harms and access to treatment 2016-17

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a new report Alcohol and other drug use in regional and remote Australia: consumption, harms and access to treatment 2016-17. 

Points of interest in this paper include:

  • Cannabis remains the most-used drug in regional and remote areas for non-medical purposes
  • Alcohol dependence in very remote areas is highest non-fatal burnden at 5.1 per 1,000 attributable disability-adjusted life years (DALYS)
  • The rate of alcohol-induced deaths per region in the Northern Territory's capital city was 8 per 100,000 in 2017 and the highest nationally in the rest of the state at 28.5 per 100,000 persons. 
  • "Across all main treatment types and the most common principal drugs of concern, clients who sought treatment from Regional and Remote areas for their alcohol or drug use were more likely to travel 1 hour or longer than clients who sought treatment in Major Cities. 
  • Agencies in Remote and very remote areas had the highest rate of clients who sought treatment (1,294 clients per 100,000 population) in 2016-17, compared with other remote areas, despite having the smallest number of clients, and smallest averge number of epsidoes per client.

To view the entire report, please click here.