Reform Agenda for Alcohol and Drug Services in Tasmania

The Reform Agenda for Alcohol and Drug Services (Reform Agenda) is being developed to ensure that all Tasmanians affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use have timely access to a seamless and integrated service system.

To inform the development of the Reform Agenda, the Department of Health (DoH) engaged the services of Siggins Miller Consultants to undertake an independent analysis of the current service system. View the Siggins Miller Final Report.

It is estimated that in any one year, at least 61,321 episodes or sessions for alcohol and other drugs use are delivered in Tasmania by a range of service providers.  This includes across government, non-government, and the private sector in a range of settings such as public and private hospitals, by general practitioners, in pharmacies, and by government and non-government specialised AOD services.

The proposed reform directions were developed in consideration of the main challenges identified through the work of Siggins Miller, by Primary Health Tasmania and as identified by both clients/consumers and service providers.  That work highlighted that the current system providing services for people with AOD use issues has become difficult to navigate, confusing  (for clients/consumers and providers) and disjointed.

An Advisory Group has been convened by the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate (Directorate) to provide advice in development of the Reform Agenda.  It includes representatives from DoH, the Tasmanian Health Service (THS), Primary Health Tasmania (PHT), the Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC), private providers and clients/consumers.

A panel of expert advisors has also been engaged to provide clinical and technical advice.

Have your say!

The Consultation Draft has been released.

We want to hear from you. Consultation is now open and closes on 26 October 2018.

  • Complete the survey of the questions raised in the Consultation Report (Accessible Version) (Printable Version),  or
  • Complete the questionnaire or provide a separate written submission and send to the Directorate marked for the attention of Sylvia Engels by email to or mail to GPO Box 125, Hobart 7001, or
  • Contact Sylvia Engels at the Directorate on 61660771 or email if you wish to raise any specific matters
  • Clients/consumers can contact Sylvia Engels as above, or Tracey Wing of the ATDC on 62315002 or Ruth Rowlands of Advocacy Tasmania on 64410201 for assistance with completing the survey or questionnaire or putting in a written submission

Targeted consultation with key stakeholders including with clients/consumers will also occur.

The final Reform Agenda will be the new plan to guide the planning, funding and delivery of publicly-funded alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services in Tasmania. It will assist DoH, THS and PHT in the commissioning, funding and delivery of AOD services in the future.