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Alcohol and Drug Assessment

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Emergency Immediate transfer to the Emergency Department

If you believe your patient requires immediate attention please phone 000 or refer your patient to the emergency department.

Are you referring to the right service?

Metro South Addiction and Mental Health services also provide a community-based Addiction (Alcohol and Drug) Service for individuals, families and communities impacted by substance use. The service provides counselling, treatment and specialty services, primarily in a community setting. It deals with any kind of substance use including alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, inhalants and over the counter preparations.

Urgent referrals Arranging urgent review

Referrers can contact the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit directly on (07) 3176 5191 in cases where a higher level of urgency is considered (e.g. assessment for detoxification at the statewide Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service (HADS) at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital; or where the patient has just recently been detoxified and needs an outpatient program).

Out of scope services

No out of scope information at this time.


  • Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be streamed to an associated public allied health and/or nursing service.  Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated public allied health and/or nursing, which may either facilitate or negate the need to see the public medical specialist.
  • A change in patient circumstance (such as condition deteriorating, or becoming pregnant) may affect the urgency categorisation and should be communicated as soon as possible.
  • Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.

Out of catchment

Metro South Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service.  If your patient lives outside the Metro South Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.

Last updated 3 September 2020