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20 Dec. 2018

Boosting Health Services: Sobering Up Shelters Review

The Territory Labor Government has released the independent review on the Sobering Up Shelters across the Northern Territory. This review is delivering on a recommendation from the Riley Alcohol Review and is included in the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan.

Sobering Up Shelters are operational in five locations in the NT – Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Darwin and Nhulunbuy.

Workshops were held in each region to meet with individual services and key stakeholders to understand the current service models strengths and weaknesses and help look at how the model could be developed further.

The report includes 10 recommendations to further develop the Sobering Up Shelters services. Government has accepted the recommendations and work is already underway to address them.

The review highlighted the following:

The importance of the Shelters as an entry point into an overall alcohol and other drugs treatment system,
The importance of partnerships with other frontline services,
The need for training opportunities for staff to assist in intervention,
Cohesion of information recording to better target service responses and,
The role the Shelters can provide in linking patients with other health and community services.

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to monitor outcomes and adjust service delivery models where necessary to meet community needs, including moving to a 24 hour Sobering Up Shelter in Darwin.

To view the full review click here