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Information about Canberra's Health Services.


 
 

For any clients wishing to know about eligibility for the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Bulk Billing) for telephone consultations, there is a link to the relevant document Here. (as a pdf)
or Here as a word doc.

Interpretations of the requirements for satisfying this criteria may differ between practices but our advice is that you should be eligible if you are on an opioid substitution therapy (methadone, bupe, suboxone) as drug dependence should count as a chronic condition.


This page has been designed to provide information about ACT Health Services.
This information is likely to change rapidly throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will update this page as soon as new information comes to hand, but please bear with us if we do not reflect these changes immediately.

Firstly, we want to reassure our community that Canberra Health Services (CHS) recognise that opioid pharmacotherapy treatment (methadone and Bupe/Suboxone) is an important issue. CHS's priority is to maintain services to their customers. Patients on the pharmacotherapy program are recognised as priority one patients. Everything possible will be done to keep dosing points open. Arrangements are being made to allow patients to dose at the hospital (or, possibly, other places) if their local pharmacy closes due to illness.

There is a page about methadone and suboxone dosing HERE.

There are, however, some changes to how the Alcohol and Drug Service is operating.

Expansion of the Opioid Treatment Services is being planned for.

Arrangements are being made to allow sick or isolated patients to continue dosing at home.

Unfortunately, the Detox service (at Building 7) is closing to provide extra capacity to the hospital. An "ambulatory withdrawal from alcohol" program is being developed for those exiting the detox.

The 24 hour ADS Intake and Help line is being changed to provide phone support during business hours (7days/week)

Any Health Service 'group programs' will be suspended and non face-to-face options are being explored. Various consultations will also be conducted remotely (via phone or video) where possible.



There is a newsletter from the Canberra Health Services, discussing other changes, HERE.

or Here as a word doc.



This is a notice from Canberra Health Services about some changes to outpatient services...

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We've put together a list of services which our clients may need to access. It shows opening times, etc. and indicates which services will be remaining open and how they will operate.

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Some harm reduction advice for people who use drugs, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic...

 

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