Queensland’s specialised drug and alcohol treatment teams

Drug and Alcohol Brief Intervention Teams (DABITs) are on the frontline of the Queensland Government’s actions to combat the effects of ice in the state.

Based in the emergency departments of the Gold Coast University, Robina, Logan, Royal Brisbane and Women’s, Rockhampton and Townsville Hospitals, DABITs are specialised alcohol and other drug treatment teams that provide brief interventions to patients at risk of, or experiencing, problematic substance use or harms.

DABITs support integrated care by actively referring patients to a range of other services according to their needs, including alcohol and other drug treatment services (like counselling, withdrawal or rehabilitation), mental health services and other community services.

The DABIT enhances the quality and experience of service for patients and supports the work and reduces the burden on emergency department doctors and nurses. DABITs also provide consultation to other parts of the hospital.

Given the high rates of alcohol and drug misuse amongst people presenting to emergency departments, DABITs work in these areas to target patients who may not be receiving treatment for their problematic substance use.

There is evidence that brief interventions can reduce the likelihood of patients re-presenting to emergency departments for drug or alcohol related illness or injuries.

The Queensland Government has proposed a number of key responses to the problem of ice use in Queensland in the Action on Ice draft plan, including:

  • reducing the demand for ice
  • reducing the harms caused by ice.

Both of these responses are directly supported by DABITs, which have the ability to deliver early and brief intervention, help reduce harm and increase appropriate referrals to treatment and further care.

While the government is working hard to tackle ice across the state, we need your thoughts, ideas and feedback on what else can be done to address this issue.

Make a submission to our consultation so we can hear your voice and your story.