Drug and alcohol publications and resources for health professionals


Illicit drugs

Screening resources to enable a quick diagnosis of stimulant use in primary health care

Psychostimulant Check-up Training Kit (Revised 2019)

To obtain a copy of the demonstration DVD or for further information on these resources ring ADIS on 1300 131 340.

Gamma Hydroxyl Butyric Acid (GHB)

Management of methamphetamine presentations

Mental health and comorbidity

Opioid overdose - Naloxone

Preventing and responding to adverse effects of opioids: naloxone

Sleep problems

  • Insomnia Management Kit
    Resource tool for GPs focusing on assessment, sleep medication and management - revised 2017

Guidelines for Nursing and Midwives



Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) — Information for the public (PDF 97KB)
A fact sheet for the public which describes the medications used to treat opioid dependence as well as the benefits of treatment.

Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) — Information for health professionals (PDF 111KB)
A fact sheet for health professionals including antagonists, use in pregnancy and withdrawal from treatment.

Prescription drugs and driving (PDF 280KB)
This resource summarises the current literature on the effects of prescription medications on people's ability to drive safely - 2014

Benzodiazepines: Information for General Practitioners (PDF 163KB) 
This factsheet is designed to assist doctors in the management of patients ceasing benzodiazepine use. To be read in conjunction with the patient factsheet below - Reasons to Stop and Stopping Use - 2013 
(PDF resources only)

Benzodiazepines: Reasons to stop and stopping use (PDF 232KB)
Patient factsheet to assist in deciding whether to stop use of benzodiazepines and provides assistance and strategies to use during the process of stopping use - 2013
(PDF resources only)

Guidelines for South Australian Pharmacists Dispensing Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) (PDF 1082KB) - 2016
Factsheet for doctors managing patients with regular use of over-the-counter codeine medications.

Factsheet for consumers having difficulty ceasing their over-the-counter codeine medications.

Treatment Outcomes of Methamphetamine Dependent Clients Prescribed Modafinal 2019 (PDF 660KB) — 2019
Report on research into the use of prescribed modafinil for methamphetamine dependence during outpatient treatment at an Australian community-based drug and alcohol treatment service.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Alcohol and Pregnancy

Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD
(FASD Hub Australia) 2020

Reducing FASD in Australia
(Australian Government, Department of Health)

'Women Want to Know' Campaign
The 'Women Want to Know’ project encourages health professionals to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women and to provide advice that is consistent with the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.
(Australian Government, Department of Health)

Alcohol, pregnancy and breastfeeding
(Telethon Kids Institute)

Common myths about drinking and pregnancy
(FASD Hub Australia)

Substance use in pregnancy

Clinical Guidelines for the management of substance use during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period
(NSW Ministry of Health) October 2014

Guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy
(World Health Organisation) 2014