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Report on the Six Month Review of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act 2014

Letter to the Minister for Health

The Society remains concerned that the efficacy of AMT, in the treatment of alcohol addiction, remains to this date un-tested and un-proven. It is likely that by virtue of incarceration under AMT there is an opportunity for clinicians to address and manage other chronic health conditions resulting in benefit to the subjects. However, it has not established that these benefits cannot be achieved by other less restrictive means. Whilst positive health outcomes are to be applauded the Society also calls for an independent assessment of the scheme?s effectiveness to ensure that the significant cost of AMT and the significant incursion on the rights and liberties of Territorians is warranted and effective for treating alcohol addiction.

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