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Methamphetamine Clinical Resources

Clinical guide for Primary health care professionals

A clinical guide for primary health care professionals to enhance their assessment, management, advice and treatment when engaging with clients who use methamphetamine has been developed by NCCRED, and can be accessed here.

This resource will be available to order in booklet form shortly.

Methamphetamine clinical guide for primary health care professionals

St Vincent’s S-Check Model of Care

The St Vincent’s S-Check Model of Care provides guidance and tools for community-based specialist and non-specialist services to implement a low-threshold brief intervention for people who use methamphetamine and other stimulants and who are not yet receiving treatment. Implemented broadly, the Model has the potential to increase reach of interventions and promote earlier treatment seeking.

NCCRED intends to follow the release of this publication with a training and education plan in 2020.

St Vincent’s S-Check Model of Care

Treating the hype: Supports and treatment responses for people impacted by methamphetamine use

NCCRED partnered with Dr Suzie Hudson (NADA) and Insight to deliver the webinar “Treating the hype: Supports and treatment responses for people impacted by methamphetamine use”.

Whilst overall rates of Methamphetamine use in Australia have remained stable in recent years, people who use methamphetamines are reporting higher rates of regular and dependent use, leading to complex physical, mental health and social problems. The role of treatment and other interventions is crucial in addressing these issues, along with residential rehabilitation, withdrawal management and counselling making. The evidence base for stimulant-specific interventions and treatment is modest to date, but building, recognising the need for effective support and acknowledging the frequent experience of discrimination around this substance. 

This webinar was brought to you by Insight – for more resources please go to their website www.insight.qld.edu.au

A Review of Australian Clinical Guidelines for Methamphetamine Use Disorder

The National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED) commissioned the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) to review Australian methamphetamine-related clinical guidelines.

This research:

  • Identified Australian methamphetamine-related clinical guidelines
  • Mapped guideline content for treatment settings and the populations they covered
  • Assessed guidelines against contemporary guideline criteria
  • Identified gaps and implications for future guideline development

Twenty-seven methamphetamine-related clinical guidelines were identified, some of which solely addressed methamphetamine (or stimulants) specifically, while others were generic but had component parts of relevance.

From this, NCETA developed a purpose-built framework to map each guideline according to treatment setting and target population; and a modified version of the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) instrument. This will help to assess the guidelines for concordance with contemporary standards.

The audit found that most guidelines had valuable clinical utility serving the needs of a wide range of treatment settings and population groups. Nevertheless, there were gaps and limitations in the current guidelines, including:

  • Telephone/Online counselling services
  • Correctional facilities
  • General inpatient facilities
  • LGBTIQ populations
  • Aboriginal populations

This examination of methamphetamine-related clinical guidelines is intended to support the National Ice Action Strategy. It identifies gaps in resources to support the AOD workforce, addresses how these gaps could be dealt with, and where further research may be required to support future guideline development.

The Review

Other Useful Online Resources

Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre  provides the evidence based information about reducing harmful AOD use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) represents the Australian State and Territory peer-based drug users organisations and issues of national relevance for people with lived experience of drug use. AIVL aims to advance the health of people who use/have used illicit drugs.

Dovetail provides clinical advice and professional support to workers, services and communities who engage with young people affected by alcohol and other drug use.

Turning Point is a national addiction treatment centre, dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based treatment to people adversely affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling, integrated with world-leading research and education.

Touch Base Provides information, support and services for LGBTI Australians.

Findings UK Drug & Alcohol Treatment Matrices are portals to important research and guidance for British treatment services and for practitioners, managers, and commissioners. Use them to train staff, for professional development, or just to re-experience the revelations made by the seminal and key studies of the past 50+ years.