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Question On Notice No. 1571 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 August 2018 by Hon Nick Goiran

Question Directed to the: Parliamentary Secretary representing the Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to funding cuts to the Meth Helpline, and I ask:
(a) what was the Alcohol and Other Drug Support Service’s budget in 2017-18 and how does this compare to the 2018-19 budget for the same service;
(b) how much of the Alcohol and Other Drug Support Service’s budget for 2018-19 has been allocated to staffing and promotion of the Meth Helpline;
(c) for the year 2016–2017, for each of the following services, how many people, and what percentage of callers, were unable to get through to a person immediately and required a call back for the:
(i) Meth Helpline;
(ii) Parent and Family Drug Support Line; and
(iii) Alcohol and Other Drug Support Line; and
(d) what were the number of meth-related calls, and total calls, received by the Alcohol and Other Drug Support Service for the years 2015–2016, 2016–2017 and 2017–2018?

Answered on 11 September 2018

I am advised that:

 

(a) The Alcohol and Drug Support Service (ADSS) budget was $1,551,664 in 2017-18, and is $1,397,664 in 2018-19.

 

(b) The Meth Helpline was previously, and continues to be, resourced by the staff of the ADSS. There is no budget for the promotion of the Meth Helpline in 2018/19.

 

(c)

 

Number of people unable to get through

Percentage of callers unable to get through

(i) Meth Helpline

203

24%

(ii) Parent and Family Drug Support Line

267

19%

(iii) Alcohol and Drug Support Line

1,373

24%

Unable to report on the number called back.

 

(d)

 

Meth related calls1

Alcohol and Drug Support Service calls2

2015-16

3,112

23,698

2016-173

5,086

20,676

2017-18

4,225

19,295

1 Includes meth related calls to both the Meth Helpline and the ADSS.

2 Quitline ceased 1 July 2016.

3 The Meth Helpline commenced September 2016.