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AMT Report Card Shows Costly Failings

An evaluation into the former CLP government’s controversial Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) Program has been released along with the Department of Health’s response.

The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the evaluation was commissioned by the former CLP government in 2015.

"The CLP scrapped the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) and replaced it with a program that didn't work," Ms Fyles said.

"As promised at the election, we are bringing back an improved BDR on sept 1."

The report shows the AMT that started in July 2013 was a costly program that delivered minimal long term gains for the relatively few people who participated.

“The Territory Labor Government believes that every Territorian has the right to control over their lives and access to high quality services," Ms Fyles said.

“To deliver this we have to invest in the types of therapeutic interventions that work.

“The former CLP Government tried to reduce alcohol-related harm by directing problem drinkers to mandatory treatment options.

“We’ve listened to concerns from experts and community that rehabilitation has to be offered on a voluntary basis.

“In line with our election promise we are transitioning from the AMT to the Banned Drinker Register.

“Problem drinkers will be banned from buying takeaway alcohol and diverted to a range of therapeutic and wrap-around services.

“We welcome the release of this Independent evaluation carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting (PIC) and Menzies School of Health Research over a 12 month period.

“All 28 recommendations have been broadly accepted by Department.”

To access The Evaluation of Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Program and Department of Health Responses go to:

Communications Adviser: Laetitia Lemke 0418 973 602