Drug and Alcohol Treatments

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A Shorten Labor Government will protect patients and families by regulating for-profit drug and alcohol treatment providers for the first time.

With public drug and alcohol treatment providers often forced to turn away people due to a lack of availability, many families opt to pay for private providers to get their loved ones the help they need. But with these providers currently unregulated with no treatment standards, they can take advantage of people who are struggling with drug and alcohol issues, as well as their families.

In 2015, the Liberals’ own Ice Taskforce called for the establishment of a national quality framework that sets the standards for drug and alcohol services. Years later, the Liberals have failed to act and there remain no minimum standards in the private sector. 

Unlike the Liberals, Labor will help ensure that Australians who need and seek help for addiction get that help – instead of being seen as a business model for unscrupulous providers.

Labor will:

  • Task the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) with developing a national accreditation process for rehabilitation treatment services
  • Work cooperatively with the states and territories through the COAG Health Council
  • Address issues with workforce, quality and consistency