Consultation and Liaison and Comorbidity Service (Alcohol and Drug Services, Canberra Health Services)

Provides consultation and liaison support, assessment information and referrals for people in The Canberra Hospital who are experiencing ATOD issues.

Telephone: (02) 5124 2591
Fax: (02) 6174 7111
Mailing Address: GPO Box 825, Canberra City ACT 2601
Building 7, The Canberra Hospital, Palmer St, Garran ACT 2605
Parent organisation: Alcohol and Drug Services, Canberra Health Services

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • No waiting time

Target group:

  • Health professionals at The Canberra Hospital for consultation and liaison
  • Over 18
  • Men and women

Documentation required:

  • No documentation required

When and how to access:

Operating hours: 7 days a week: Sunday to Wednesday from 8:30am to 5pm, and Thursday to Saturday from 8:30am to 9:30pm
Referrals accepted from: Self, another service, GP


Specialist ATOD assessment includes: 

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


Program type: Consultation and Liaison

Model: Specialist Medical Advice Service

Duration and intensity: Varies based on needs

Philosophical approach: Harm minimisation

Additional program description:
Provides assessment, support, information and referrals for people admitted in The Canberra Hospital that are also experiencing ATOD issues. The service works in cooperation with Doctors, Nurses and other staff at The Canberra Hospital.

Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Support

  • Referrals to access screening, treatment and ongoing monitoring for viral hepatitis with external providers: Program provides advice to The Canberra Hospital treating teams.
  • Referrals to access screening & treatment for sexually transmitted infections with external providers: Program provides advice to The Canberra Hospital treating teams.
  • Provides safer sex information

Mental Health

  • Assessments include a mental health history
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT (i.e. Maintaining joint management and consultation and liaison advice)
  • Partnerships with mental health services (i.e. Maintaining joint management with Mental Health ACT)

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)
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions (i.e. On assessment)
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


No cost

Staff available

  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practioner
  • Addiction Medicine Specialist

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information and education offered to families and carers

Alexander Maconochie Centre 

  • Support for pregnant women on opioid maintenance therapy

Last Updated on April 2019

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