Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council
Tabled Paper 381
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Tabled by Eric Poole
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Sel -F Hel F G r o u p s Very active with A.A. meetings every night of the week. There are three meetings a week for spouses/partners of alcoholics (Alanon); two for adult children of alcoholics (ACQA) and two for children of alcoholics (Alateen). Inadequate services 1. The Early Intervention Unit at Royal Darwin Hospital requires additional staff so that adequate screening, assessment, and appropriate referrals of inpatients can take place. 2. The Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at the Royal Darwin Hospital has 8 beds and a waiting list. Due to lack of staff, the outpatients program cannot function effectively. There is also no structured program for spouses/partners despite the value of this intervention in enhancing the dependents long term recovery prospects (Lindquist, 1986). 3. The Drink Driver Program at Amity House is inadequate as an early intervention tool (see DRINK DRIVING above, p. 25). Gaps in services 1. Central assessment/referral centre. A centre is needed to which health, welfare and allied professionals can refer clients for assessment and appropriate management and/or referral. Currently, assessment of clients is done by various agencies; e.g. Amity House, Early Intervention Unit, and the Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at Royal Darwin Hospital. Thus, there 46