Estimating unmet demand for pharmacotherapy maintenance treatment in NSW

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NSW Ministry of Health

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Project Main Description

The purpose of this project was to summarise what is known internationally, nationally and in NSW about unmet need and unmet demand for OTP in NSW and provide some initial estimates for NSW.


The goal of this project is to generate empirical data showing the treatment pathways taken by people before they enter the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in NSW. The project aims to make service system development recommendations for policy makers based on the documented treatment pathways and an assessment of the implications of inaccessibility of treatment for the pathways taken.

Design and Method

The centrepiece of the project is a census of people who enter OTP in NSW during September and October 2012, using a self-complete instrument mailed to their dispensing point.


A report has been provided to NSW Ministry of Health.

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NSW Ministry of Health

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