Other DASSA services for clinicians

DASSA operated Aboriginal drug and alcohol services

These services include:

  • Aboriginal Connection Program based in metropolitan Adelaide
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) Substance Misuse Service

For more information visit the Aboriginal services and program page.

The Woolshed

The Woolshed is a residential therapeutic community for men and women aged from 18 years with drug or alcohol related problems. The Woolshed offers a structured program to develop living, work and interpersonal skills through education, counselling, group work and recreational activities. It has associated halfway houses in Adelaide and links with self-help groups. For more information read the Woolshed brochure (PDF 1.2MB) Patients or clients interested should ring the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1300 13 13 40 to arrange an initial interview with Woolshed staff.

DASSA Obstetric Unit

The DASSA Obstetric Unit is a specialist service for substance-using pregnant women and their partners from conception until after the baby’s birth. The service provides assessment, treatment, education, support and advocacy to ensure the safest outcome for mother and baby.This service is provided at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Lyell McEwin Health Service and Flinders Medical Centre.For initial advice contact the Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service on (08) 7087 1742.

Hospital Drug and Alcohol Consultation Liaison Service

Available only for hospital patients. Not for community referrals.A specialist medical and nursing service that provides consultation and liaison on alcohol and other drug related problems to clinicians in the acute care setting of major public hospitals in South Australia. This service is provided at Flinders Medical Centre, Lyell McEwin Health Service and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

This is only available for these three hospitals and further details can be obtained from the LHN intranet sites.

For health professionals in other hospitals, contact the Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service on (08) 7087 1742.

Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI)

Young people and adults detected by the police for simple possession drug offences can be diverted from the criminal justice system into education, assessment and treatment through the Police Drug Diversion Initiative.DASSA is responsible for the statewide coordination of the program as well as the Drug Diversion Line, a 24-hour telephone appointment and referral service. For more information visit the Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI) page. Telephone: (08) 7425 5000.

Needle and Syringe Program

The Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is an important public health initiative that reduces the spread of blood borne viruses including HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs and the wider community. For more information visit the Needle and Syringe Program page.

Community Pharmacy MATOD Program

The Community Pharmacy MATOD Program Manager supports and encourages community pharmacists to participate in the Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Program. The program provides information, education and training, professional advice and support, while ensuring efficacy, safety and practice standards are maintained within participating community pharmacies. For more information visit the community pharmacy page. Telephone: (08) 7425 5000

General Practitioner Program

The General Practitioner (GP) Program provides support to prescribers of medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence (MATOD) including the provision of training, clinical resources and education. For more information visit the GP Program page. Telephone: (08) 7425 5045

Education and training

There is a range of drug and alcohol-related training options available in South Australia, for people with differing levels of qualification, expertise and interest. For more information visit the training and education page.