Referral sources

PIEDs advice for GPs

Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Drug and Alcohol Service

Contact the addiction specialists for advice during business hours 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Ph 1300 889 788

  • Option 1 – outpatient services
  • Option 2 – inpatient services
  • Option 3 – opioid treatment program
  • Option 4 – advice for medical professionals and all other enquiries

After hours and on weekends the calls will go through to the Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS).

Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS)

A free phone advice service for health professionals on the clinical diagnosis and management of patients with alcohol and other drug related problems.

For advice, contact the service via (02) 9361‑8006.

For more information visit the website.

Dr Beng Eu, PIEDs/AAS Guide Expert Panel Member

Dr. Beng Eu is available to provide advice to GPs regarding patients using AAS.

He is a GP and co-director of Prahran Market Clinic, Melbourne and has provided health advice to people using AAS for the last 25 years.

His work in general practice has a focus on LGBT health, sexual health, sports medicine and HIV medicine.

Beng receives referrals through the steroid education program ‘Your Community Health’ in Victoria, has been involved in AAS education for GPs, and is involved in research in this field. He appeared in the 2018 SBS Insight program ‘Sizing Up Steroids’.

Contact details: beng@prahranmarketclinic.com

Patient advice on safer injecting

Needle and Syringe Program – Responsive User Service in Health (RUSH) – North Shore – St Leonards

Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Community Health Centre
2C Herbert Street, St Leonards 2065 NSW. Phone (02) 9462-9040

Provides clean injecting equipment, advice on safer injecting, disposal for used sharps, and information and referrals for counselling, medical care, legal, and other social services.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (days and time subject to change, call prior to check opening times).

Needle and Syringe Program Website

Needle and Syringe Program – Responsive User Service in Health (RUSH) – North Shore – Brookvale

Brookvale Community Health Centre, 612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale 2100 NSW.

Phone (02) 9388 5110

Provides clean injecting equipment, advice on safer injecting, disposal for used sharps, and information and referrals for counselling, medical care, legal, and other social services.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Needle and Syringe Program Website

Sydney North HealthPathways

HealthPathways is designed and written for GP use during a consultation and is accessible by all healthcare clinicians in the SNHN region.

Website: https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/

Username: healthpathways        Password: gateway

For more information, contact healthpathways@snhn.org.au

For out-of-area clinicians, contact your Primary Health Network (PHN) for access to your local HealthPathways site. Click here for contact details for all PHNs in Australia.

Alcohol and other drugs – adults

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral – SNHN HealthPathways https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/42814.htm

Drug and Alcohol Support – SNHN HealthPathways https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/140774.htm

Dr Esther Han – PIEDs/AAS Guide Expert Panel Member:

  • GP, Drug & Alcohol Staff Specialist,Clinical Lecturer in the Discipline of Addiction Medicine, the Northern Clinical School, the Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney.
  • Dr Esther Han has provided health advice to people using PIEDs both in GP and specialist settings. She is a big believer in motivational interviewing and harm minimisation and incorporates both of these elements into her practice.
  • Dee Why Medical Centre, Shop A, 1-5 Dee Why Pde, Dee Why NSW 2099. Ph (02) 9981 3111.
  • NSLHD Drug and Alcohol Service Level 1, Royal North Shore Community Health Centre, 2C Herbert St, St Leonards, NSW 2065. Ph (02) 9462 9199. See website here.

Alcohol and other drugs – youth

SDECC – Sydney Drug Education & Counselling Centre https://sdecc.org.au/

DAYSS – Drug & Alcohol Youth Support Service https://www.catholiccaredbb.org.au/wp-content/uploads/DAYSS-Drug-Alcohol-Youth-Services.pdf

Eating disorders

Eating Disorders Specialised Review – SNHN HealthPathways

https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/23304.htm

Hormone specialists

Non-urgent Endocrinology Review – SNHN HealthPathways 

https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/102077.htm

Mental health services – adults

Mental Health Services – SNHN HealthPathways

https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/62063.htm

Mental health services – youth

Child and Youth Mental Health Counselling – SNHN HealthPathways https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/168836.htm

CYMHS – Child and Youth Mental Health Service https://www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/CYFH/TS/Pages/CYMHS.aspx

Psychiatry support line for GPs

Free specialist mental health advice for general practitioners, to support mental health management in primary care. Provided by ProCare Mental Health Services, and available Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

To contact, phone 1800‑16‑17‑18.

For more information click here.

Sexual health services

Sexual Health Review – SNHN HealthPathways

https://sydneynorth.communityhealthpathways.org/108275.htm

Dr Eva Jackson – PIEDs/AAS Guide Expert Panel Member

Sexual Health Physician, Head of Department, Sexual Health, Nepean Hospital, NBMLHD.

Private Practice: Doctor Eva (Penrith) and The Male Clinic (Macquarie University Hospital).

Eva is a generalist Sexual Health Physician with experience in HIV, BBVs, STIs, male and female sexual dysfunction, genital dermatology, transgender medicine and harm minimisation.  In her work with Needle & Syringe Programs she gained extensive experience seeing men who use AAS and continues to consider and lobby for research for the best harm minimization approach and withdrawal treatment for this growing problem in Australia.

Macquarie University Hospital 2 Technology Place, Macquarie University 2109, Ph 1300 002 111

Private Practice eva@doctoreva.com.au 1 Hope St, Penrith 2750, Ph 0448 373 829

Nepean Hospital eva.jackson@health.nsw.gov.au Ph (02) 4734 2507

Suicide prevention support services

COVID-19 note – The Northern Sydney region has experienced a number of youth suicide attempts and deaths over the past months – see the NSLHD Suicide Prevention Services Guide.