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released: 18 Aug 2016 author: AIHW media release

There is much research to suggest a considerable overlap between people experiencing precarious housing, and drug and alcohol misuse. Linking client data from specialist homelessness services and alcohol and other drug treatment services, this report provides a picture of the intersection of these two issues on a national scale. It reveals a vulnerable population, in which Indigenous Australians and experiences of domestic and family violence and mental health issues were all over-represented. Their poorer drug treatment and housing outcomes highlight the level of difficulty faced in assisting these people to achieve long-term outcomes.

ISBN 978-1-74249-977-2; Cat. no. CSI 23; 92pp.; $34

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 How SHSC and AODTS data were matched
      • 1.2 Overview of key findings
    • 2 Clients with a current mental health issue
      • 2.1 Client characteristics
      • 2.2 Why did these clients seek SHS assistance?
      • 2.3 Which drugs were they using?
      • 2.4 What services and support did they receive?
      • 2.5 What were the outcomes for clients?
      • 2.6 What does this tell us?
    • 3 Clients who have experienced domestic and family violence
      • 3.1 Client characteristics
      • 3.2 Why did these clients seek SHS assistance?
      • 3.3 Which drugs were they using?
      • 3.4 What services and support did they receive?
      • 3.5 What were the outcomes for clients?
      • 3.6 What does this tell us?
    • 4 Young clients 15-24 years
      • 4.1 Client characteristics
      • 4.2 Why did these clients seek SHS assistance?
      • 4.3 Which drugs were they using?
      • 4.4 What services and support did they receive?
      • 4.5 What were the outcomes for clients?
      • 4.6 What does this tell us?
    • 5 Older clients 50 years and over
      • 5.1 Client characteristics
      • 5.2 Why did these clients seek SHS assistance?
      • 5.3 Which drugs were they using?
      • 5.4 What services and support did they receive?
      • 5.5 What are the outcomes for clients?
      • 5.6 What does this tell us?
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data linkage, data gaps and limitations
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Exploring drug treatment and homelessness in Australia: 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014. Cat. no. CSI 23. Canberra: AIHW.

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