Integrated Multi-agencies for Parents and Children Together – IMPACT (Alcohol and Drug Services, ACT Health)

Provides support to people and their partners who are receiving opioid maintenance therapy who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 2 years.

Telephone: 1800 211 274
Fax: (02) 6244 3770
Mailing Address: GPO Box 825, Canberra City ACT
Email address: IMPACTProgam@act.gov.au
Website: http://health.act.gov.au/our-services/women-youth-and-children/impact-program
Location: Building 5, The Canberra Hospital, Palmer St, Garran ACT 2605
Parent organisation: Alcohol and Drug Services, ACT Health 

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • No waiting time

Target Group:

  • Families or individuals who are pregnant or have a child less than 2 years old; and are receiving opioid maintenance therapy and / or ACT Health Mental Health Services.
  • ACT residents only

Documentation required:

  • No documentation required

When and how to access:

Operating hours: Program operating hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Ways to access: By phone
Disability access: Accessible toilets, lifts, doorways and parking
Referrals accepted from: Self, another service, GP, Courts
Transport assistance: No transport assistance available

Assessment

  • Face to face
  • No appointment required
  • Takes more than 1 hour

Specialist ATOD assessment includes:

  • Comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Comprehensive mental health history
  • Basic physical health & medical history
  • Social and family history
  • Domestic and family violence screening
  • Includes other assessments: Suicide Vulnerability Assessment Tool (SVAT)

Programs

Program type: Coordination and family support

Duration and intensity: Until the child is 2 years of age

Philosophical approach: Harm minimisation

Additional program description: Provides a coordination service for pregnant women, their partners and their young children (less than two years of age) who are clients of Mental Health ACT and/or are receiving opioid replacement therapy and require assistance to manage their involvement with multiple services. The program is delivered as a partnership between ACT Health, the Community Services Directorate, general practice and community pharmacies. Liaison officers are based across the participating ACT Government services.

Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Support

  • Referrals for people to access screening, treatment and ongoing monitoring for viral hepatitis with external providers
  • Referrals for people to access screening & treatment for sexually transmitted infections with external providers
  • Provides safe sex information

Mental Health

  • Assessments include a mental health component
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Partnerships with mental health services (i.e. Perinatal Mental Health Liaison Officer)

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Access to interpreter services
  • Tools and resources in different languages

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Screen for tobacco use (i.e. On assessment)
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy

Cost

No cost

Staff available

  • Nurse

Help for Families & Carers

  • Program designed and delivered specifically for families

Other Information

  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT

Last Updated on August 2018

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