Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal Management Policy

Applicable to: Child and Adolescent Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service, WA Country Health Service and Contracted Health Entities to the extent this policy forms part of the contract.

Description: This Policy aims to :

  • ensure that those requiring Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) withdrawal treatment receive timely clinical care, including activating appropriate referral pathways where required.
  • establish mechanisms for improving access to locally provided planned and unplanned AOD withdrawal services across Western Australia (WA), or referral to suitable services.
  • support continuity of care by facilitating care and discharge planning, including to local rehabilitation services.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Mental Health Policy Framework pursuant to section 23(2)(a-c) of the Health Services Act 2016.

Date of effect: 01 August 2017

Policy Framework

Supporting information