The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network catchment has some concerning trends in alcohol and other drugs. Those who use alcohol at risky levels weekly are higher than the Victorian average (9.1%) in Yarra, Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Moorabool (1). Recent adolescent alcohol use is also higher in Yarra, Hobsons Bay, Melton and Moorabool. Alcohol related emergency department use is higher closer to the city in Melbourne, Yarra, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong (2).

Smoking is higher than the Victorian average (15.7%) in Moonee Valley, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Melton and Wyndham(3) . The adolescent smoking rate is also higher than Victorian average (17.7%) in Yarra, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Melton. Marijuana use in adolescents is also high in many areas of the catchment including Yarra, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham (4) .

There is higher than the Victorian average emergency department use for illicit drugs in Melbourne, Yarra, Darebin, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong(5). This rate is also higher for 15-24 year olds in Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham. Emergency department attendances for pharmaceutical drugs is also higher than the State average in Hobsons Bay and Wyndham.

Yarra and Brimbank have higher than the Victorian average of clients (5.8 per 1,000 population) receiving registered alcohol and drug treatment services(6).

There are a range of health and social issues for people experiencing harm with their alcohol, methamphetamine and/or other drug use, and those who support them within our region. Our PHN is focused on commissioning AOD services that prioritise populations of need in locations of need including, but not limited to:

  • Melton
  • Bacchus Marsh
  • Broadmeadows
  • Werribee
  • Macedon

The primary target populations identified in our initial needs assessment include:

  • Aboriginal communities
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities (migrants, refugees, asylum seekers)
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer communities
  • Young people
  • People with coexisting AOD and mental health concerns

 

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*Leonard L, Pitts M, et al., 2012, Private Lives 2: The second national survey of the health and
wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Australians, Melbourne, The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University.

  1. Victorian Department of Health. Local Government Area Profiles- http://www.health.vic.gov.au/modelling/planning/lga.htm
  2. Turning Point. StatPlanet- http://www.aodstats.org.au/
  3. Victorian Department of Health. Local Government Area Profiles- http://www.health.vic.gov.au/modelling/planning/lga.htm
  4. Victorian Department of Health. Local Government Area Profiles- http://www.health.vic.gov.au/modelling/planning/lga.htm
  5. Turning Point. StatPlanet- http://www.aodstats.org.au/
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Estimating homelessness, 2011
  7. Victorian Department of Health. Local Government Area Profiles- http://www.health.vic.gov.au/modelling/planning/lga.htm
  8. Public Health Information Development Unit. Social Health Atlas- http://www.adelaide.edu.au/phidu/maps-data/data/
  9. Victorian Department of Health. Local Government Area Profiles- http://www.health.vic.gov.au/modelling/planning/lga.htm