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The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)

Looking for information or support services on alcohol or drugs and not sure where to begin? Call 1300 85 85 84 to speak to a real person. Get answers to your questions and advice on practical ‘next steps’.

Find a service in your local area from the list. Help & Support - Alcohol and Drug Foundation ( 

Is Australia’s leading alcohol and drug search directory. Here you will find reliable information on alcohol, other drugs and mental health, with links to treatment services, research, statistics, guidelines, journals, policy, campaigns, events, curriculum, professional development opportunities and more.

Every website and app in our directory has been through a formal quality review process to give you the best search results. 

Australian Department of Health

The Department of Health pursues the achievement of the portfolio outcomes in association with a number of other agencies and statutory office holders in the portfolio. 

The portfolio incorporates 17 operating portfolio agencies and 6 statutory office holders as at 24 January 2018.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

At NHMRC we are excited by the huge potential benefits of the research we fund and by the opportunities we have to ensure Australians have access to evidence-based, authoritative health advice.

We create pathways to a healthier future through our research funding, our health guidelines and the ethical standards we set and uphold.

Queensland Health Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services (ATODS)

This website is a resource for alcohol and drug workers in QLD.

The Alcohol and Illicit Drugs section of the Australian Institute of Criminology

The Australian Institute of Criminology is the national focus for the study of crime and criminal justice in Australia and for the dissemination of criminal justice information. The Institute draws on information supplied to it by a wide variety of sources and its policy advice is objective and independent.

National Drugs Campaign

The National Drugs Campaign is a national community information drug prevention campaign.

The National Drugs Campaign aims to educate young people about the negative consequences of drug use, model positive alternatives to drug use, and provide information about where to access support services for those in need.

The campaign also encourages parents to talk to their children about drugs to discourage youth drug use, and seeks to build on relationships and increase connectedness in families.

Drug Policy Modelling program (DPMP)

The DPMP website is designed for both policy makers and researchers. It serves to provide information on illicit drug policies and tools for policy makers but also on the current and completed work of the DPMP research team.

The DPMP website contains comprehensive information about illicit drug policies including:

  • An overview of DPMP and information about us
  • Links to national and state policy documents
  • Statistical data on rates of drug use
  • Analysis of policy options under the section what works
  • Tools and methods for both researchers and policy makers

The National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase

Developed by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction with support from the Australian Government Department of Health

National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase (NADK) website draws on the highest quality Australian data to provide accurate and easy-to-understand information about alcohol and other drugs. A series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is used to present data in an easily understood manner.

The Knowledgebase gives health practitioners, researchers, policy makers and the general public a valuable new tool to help them address alcohol-related issues. It provides a concise and user-friendly way of accessing the vast amount of information in existing alcohol-related datasets that cover health, social welfare, law enforcement and education issues. In the first instance, the Knowledgebase addresses alcohol and in the near future other drug topics will also be covered.

The Alcohol Section of the Knowledgebase contains more than 130 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about:

  • Consumption patterns
  • Alcohol use and the workplace
  • Alcohol-related harms
  • The impact of alcohol consumption on crime and violence
  • Treatment
  • Young people.

 FASD Hub Australia 

This website provides information on FASD for Australian health professionals, other professionals (including for justice, education, child protection and disability services), parents and carers, researchers and policy makers.
This website was initially developed in 2017 by an alliance of organisations working to create an authoritative, independent resource of Australian information.
FASD Hub Australia is certified by the international body Health on the Net as promoting transparent and reliable health information. The FASD Hub website is audited annually by Health on the Net to ensure it continues to meet the standards. 


Operated by Turning Point in Victoria and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, Counselling Online provides assistance to Australian residents concerned about alcohol & other drugs. 

Our primary service is online text-based counselling for people concerned about their own drinking or drug use. The service is equally available to people concerned about a family member, relative or friend.

Our service also provides:

  • support by email
  • tools such as self-assessments and self-help modules
  • an SMS service to keep you focused and on track
  • an online community forum to connect you with peers for support.

Counselling Online services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF)

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that has worked for over 40 years to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug problems in the Australian community.

The ADF is a leading provider of drug prevention services accessible to the whole community.Their work focuses on research, information, community development and education, and advocacy.

New Zealand Drug Foundation 

The Drug Foundation has been at the forefront of major alcohol and other drug policy debates for more than 20 years. During that time we have advocated strongly for policies and practices based on the best evidence available.

Ko tēnei rōpū e mōhiotia nei te Tūāpapa Tarukino o Aotearoa, he rōpū kaitiaki. Ko tana whāinga matua kia āraia atu te kino o te mahi kai tarukino, kai waipiro, kai tupeka hoki i ngā wāhi katoa o Aotearoa.

DrugInfo - Facts and resources about Alcohol and other Drugs

DrugInfo is a service provided by the Australian Drug Foundation and that offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms. 

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA)

DANA supports the professional development of nurses working in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug field.

Hepatitis NSW

We are the peak community-based hepatitis organisation in the Australian state of New South Wales. We take a partnership approach with people primarily affected by hepatitis C and those working with it.

Lives of Substance

This website has two aims. First, it aims to support people who consider themselves to have an alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit, and second, it aims to inform the public by sharing personal stories of these experiences. 

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

NCETA is a research centre concerned with investigating workforce development in alcohol and other drugs field.

National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

The purpose of NDRI is to contribute to the overall aim of the National Drug Strategy, which is to minimise the harm associated with drug use. It does so by undertaking research designed to establish the preventive potential of a number of interventions: legislative, fiscal, regulatory and educational.

NDRI complements the role of its Sydney-based sister organisation, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), whose primary focus is on treatment.

Western Australia Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA)

The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) is the peak body for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) education, prevention, treatment and support sector in Western Australia. Since its establishment in 1984, WANADA's membership has developed to reflect a "whole-of-community" approach to AOD issues. WANADA is an independent, membership-driven not-for-profit association. Paid staff are supervised by an elected board of management comprising agency delegates and individuals drawn from the membership

Oceania Harm Reduction Coalition

The Centre for Harm Reduction brings together people working throughout Asia, and globally, with expertise in the prevention of drug related harm: in particular the prevention of transmission of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C among and from injecting drug users.

Asian Harm Reduction Network

The Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) is the first project of its kind. A global information and support network, created to link and support the courageous people and programs working in Asia to stop HIV among injecting drug users. Hundreds of individuals and organizations

Health Promotion Agency's

Information, advice, research and resources to help prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm and inspire New Zealanders to make better decisions about drinking alcohol.

WayAhead Directory

The WayAhead Directory is a comprehensive online database used to find local services, to make referrals and access mental health information and resources.

It contains up to date information on over 5,600 mental health-related and community services primarily in New South Wales. The WayAhead Directory is free to access for people living with a mental health condition, carers, service providers, health care professionals and the general public.

Throughout its existence, the WayAhead Directory has been created from the response and needs of the people who use it and is continually updated to ensure, as much as possible, all content listed is up to date.

The WayAhead Directory is run by WayAhead – the Mental Health Association of New South Wales.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have updated the guide Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals 2011, (updated 2014) which incorporates a number of significant new developments in both the science and practice of cessation support providing health professionals with a valuable resource to help patients keen to stop smoking