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National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS)

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and illicit drug use among the general population in Australia. It also surveys people's attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Survey findings relate mainly to people aged 14 years or older. It has been conducted every 2 to 3 years since 1985.

2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey

The 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey collected data from nearly 24,000 people across Australia. The survey was conducted from 18 June to 29 November 2016. The 2016 NDSHS key findings were released on 1 June 2017 and provides a summary of the national findings. More detailed findings, including at the state and territory level and for specific populations of interest, will be released in late 2017.

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2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey

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Confidentialised unit record files (CURF)

Confidentialised unit record files of the NDSHS are available to researchers through the Australian Data Archive (ADA) at the Australian National University. The latest available CURF is for the 2013 NDSHS.

For more information contact the AIHW at aod@aihw.gov.au or the ADA at ada@anu.edu.au.

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services (AODTS)

Publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services are available to people seeking treatment for their own drug use and people seeking treatment for someone else's drug use. The main source of data on alcohol and other drug treatment services is the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS). This data set contains data on publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services and the treatment episodes provided by these services. Data are available from 2003–04 to 2015–16.

In the AODTS NMDS, the main counting unit is a closed treatment episode, which is defined as a period of contact between a client and a treatment provider (or team of providers) that is closed when treatment is completed or has ceased, or there has been no further contact between the client and the treatment provider for 3 months. Since 2012–13, a statistical linkage key (SLK) has been collected which means the number of clients receiving treatment can now be estimated.

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National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) collection

The NOPSAD collection commenced in 2005 and comprises data about the clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment and the dosing point site where treatment is provided, for all registered or authorised prescribers of pharmacotherapy drugs. Data are collected by state and territory health departments and reported to the AIHW. Prior to 2005, information was provided each year to the Australian Government Department of Health.

The NOPSAD collection provides information on a snapshot day on clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, the doctors prescribing opioid pharmacotherapy drugs, and the dosing points (such as pharmacies) that clients attend to receive their medication.

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Other data sources

A number of other data sources include information about alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs and treatment services. See Links and information.