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Addiction Sciences Queensland

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Addiction Sciences Queensland

Addiction Sciences Queensland is a group of health professionals specialising in the medical treatment of addiction. Our service provides evidence-based treatment and care within a comprehensive biopsychosocial framework. We also manage associated conditions, including chronic pain and mental health disorders. We understand the significant impact that any addiction can have on not only the affected individuals, but also their families, colleagues, and friends.

Our clinic assesses and treats the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Persistent non-malignant pain
  • Prescription drug dependence eg. opiates, benzodiazepines
  • Heroin dependence
  • Solvent abuse
  • Amphetamine dependence
  • Hallucinogen abuse
  • Marijuana dependence
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking
  • Gambling addiction

Our Addiction Medicine Specialists also provide the following services:

  • Inpatient Detoxification Program
  • Medico-Legal Assessments eg. WorkCover, Centrelink
  • Drug Screening Programs eg. employees
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) reports
  • Reports arising from workplace drug screens eg. Qantas
  • Monitored Medicines Unit (MMU) annual reviews

Our clinic works closely with other highly qualified professionals to optimise the results of treatment for our patients.

Please go to Our Team for more information about the team from Addiction Sciences.

Fact Sheets

For more information, please click the below fact sheets.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment

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FAQs

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

All patients will require the following:

  • Referral letter from your GP or specialist
  • All x-rays, scans, nerve studies, pathology, and other test results
  • A list of your medications
  • Any questions you may have relating to your condition
  • Your Medicare card and Veterans’ Affairs card (if applicable)
  • Your private health fund details (if applicable)
  • If you are a WorkCover patient, you must bring all contact details for your insurer and your claim number. If you do not have a claim number, you are responsible for paying for the consultation at the time of your appointment.

If you are seeing one of our doctors regarding opioid dependency, relating to either prescription medications or illicit drugs, you will need to bring:

  • The contact details (name of pharmacy, address, phone, and fax numbers) for a local pharmacy that is prepared to undertake dosing for the Queensland Opioid Treatment Program. This will require you to introduce yourself to the pharmacy prior to your appointment and ensure the pharmacist is happy to provide your dosing service. If you are experiencing difficulties in finding a pharmacy, please contact our Addiction Sciences reception staff who can provide some guidance.
  • A list of your medications
  • Any questions you may have relating to the program and your rehabilitation
  • Your Medicare card
  • Your private health fund details (if applicable)

Our medical specialists charge private fees. Bulk billing is not available.

Our reception staff are able to provide costs for initial and follow up consultations at the time of making your appointment. Medicare rebates are available for all consultation.

Consultation fees are to be paid prior to seeing your doctor.

Fees can be paid by cash or credit card (excluding American Express and Diners.)

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours ahead of your appointment time. You may incur a cancellation or failure to arrive fee if this does not occur.

There is a long list of patients waiting to see our doctors so your cooperation regarding the cancelling or rescheduling of appointments is appreciated.

You are required to see our Addiction Medicine Specialists to obtain a repeat prescription for your medication. No prescriptions will be provided outside of consultations, with the exception of Queensland Opioid Treatment Program scripts, which are sent to your pharmacy automatically around the 23rd of every month.

We also encourage patients to check the status of all essential prescriptions before their consultations in order to minimise disruptions caused by last-minute requests for prescriptions when our doctors may not be available.

 

Our medical specialists participate in “no gap” arrangements with most private health funds, meaning the health funds are billed directly for any consultations our doctors have with members while they are receiving treatment in hospital.

Our experienced staff can facilitate your admission to hospital, if required. Please ask for assistance regarding this if needed.

All requests for takeaway doses of Queensland Opioid Treatment Program medications, such as Methadone and Suboxone, require approval from your prescriber. Please discuss these needs with your doctor at a prior appointment to ensure they can be actioned in time. In some cases, evidence of travel may be required in order to receive approval for takeaways.

For last-minute requests, please note that our case managers require a minimum of 24 hours to secure approval from your doctor and prepare the necessary paperwork.

Yes, our doctors are able to consult with Department of Veterans Affairs patients. Please remember to bring your DVA details with you to your first appointment. If these are not available, you will be billed for your consultation with our medical specialists.

Dr James Finn is the only one of our medical specialists, who is currently consulting with WorkCover Qld patients.

Both of our addiction medicine specialists are able to consult with patients who require reports for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). There is a separate fee for this service. Please enquire with the Addiction Sciences reception for details.

Yes, both of our addiction medicine specialists are able to provide reports following positive workplace drug screens. A separate fee may be charged for this service. Please enquire with the Addiction Sciences reception.

 

Dr Christian Rowan works closely with Medilaw regarding all requests for medico-legal reports. Please contact Medilaw on 1300 633 452 to book a consultation with him.

Yes, The Banyans Specialist Clinics has wheelchair access via a ramp at the front entrance. There is also plenty of disabled parking available.

Yes, Telehealth appointments are available for subsequent appointments. Initial consultations with our addiction medicine specialists must be carried out face to face.