Alcohol and other drugs
There are some concerning trends in the use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network region.
The proportion of people using alcohol at risky levels on a weekly basis is greater than the Victorian average (of 9.2 per cent of all Victorians) in Yarra, Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Moorabool (see Quick links below for sources).
Adolescent alcohol use is also higher than the state average in Yarra, Hobsons Bay, Melton and Moorabool. Alcohol-related emergency department presentations are higher closer to the city, with Melbourne, Yarra, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong exceeding the state average.
Smoking is higher than the Victorian average (15.7 per cent) in Moonee Valley, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Melton and Wyndham. The adolescent smoking rate is also higher than the Victorian average (17.7 per cent) in Yarra, Moonee Valley, Merri-bek, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Melton.
Marijuana use in adolescents is also high in many areas of the catchment including Yarra, Moonee Valley, Merri-bek, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham.
Emergency department attendances for illicit drug use is higher than the Victorian average in Melbourne, Yarra, Darebin, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong. The rate is also higher for those aged 15 to 24 in Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham. Emergency department attendances for pharmaceutical drugs is also higher than the state average in Hobsons Bay and Wyndham.
In Yarra and Brimbank, the number of clients receiving registered alcohol and drug treatment services (5.8 per 1000 population) is higher than the Victorian average.
How can we help?
People with problematic AOD use, and those closest to them, experience a range of related health and social issues.
We focus on commissioning AOD services that prioritise populations of need, in locations of need. These locations include, but are not limited to, the local government areas of:
- Bacchus Marsh
The primary target populations identified in our initial needs assessment include:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- culturally and linguistically diverse communities (migrants, refugees, asylum seekers)
- people experiencing homelessness
- LGBTIQ communities
- young people
- people with coexisting AOD and mental health concerns.