Assist Portal search icon
Assist Portal close icon
brief intervention for substance use

ASSIST

ASSIST

CAN BE COMPLETED AS PART OF A ROUTINE CONSULTATION

CAN BE COMPLETED AS PART OF A ROUTINE CONSULTATION.

Learn more about this siteLearn more about this site
assist on ice thai version

ASSIST

ASSIST

CAN BE USED IN A RANGE OF COMMUNITY SETTINGS.

can be used in a range of community settings.

Learn more about this siteLearn more about this site
assist lite

ASSIST

ASSIST

AND ASSIST-LITE CAN BE COMPLETED ON A COMPUTER TABLET.

and ASSIST-Lite can be completed on a computer tablet.

Learn more about this siteLearn more about this site
assist with substance

LEARN HOW

LEARN HOW

THE ASSIST-LITE CAN BE COMPLETED IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

the ASSIST-Lite can be completed in the Emergency Department

Learn more about this site
assist on ice screening tool

WATCH ASSIST

WATCH ASSIST

WITH SUBSTANCE AND LEARN HOW NURSES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

with Substance and learn how Nurses can make a difference.

Learn more about this siteLearn more about this site
ice portal

ENQUIRE ABOUT

ENQUIRE ABOUT

FACE-TO-FACE ASSIST WORKSHOPS.

face-to-face ASSIST workshops.

Learn more about this siteLearn more about this site

ASSIST SCREENING TOOLS

The ASSIST and the ASSIST-Lite are available in electronic format. The eASSIST and the eASSIST-Lite are web based versions that can be used on a personal computer.The ASSIST Checkup and ASSIST Checkup Lite are downloadable apps for completion on any smartphone or tablet.

The eASSIST is an electronic version of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST).

The ASSIST was developed for the World Health Organisation (WHO), by an international group of specialists, as a tool that is easy to use to detect substance use and related problems. The ASSIST is an eight-item questionnaire and takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. The ASSIST helps identify the risks associated with substance use.

The eASSIST provides feedback on any risks and can help you explore options for addressing those risks.

LAUNCH eASSIST

ASSIST Checkup

Assist checkup & Assist checkup lite android apps Assist checkup & Assist checkup lite ios apps

The ASSIST Checkup is a free downloadable app so you can complete the ASSIST on your mobile device. You will receive instant feedback and tips on how to cutback or stop your substance use including information on where to seek help. The ASSIST Checkup is confidential and you can complete it every three months to track your progress.

The ASSIST Checkup is suitable for most iPhones and an android version is currently being developed.

Assist checkup & Assist checkup lite android apps Assist checkup & Assist checkup lite ios apps

ASSIST Checkup Lite

Assist checkup & Assist checkup lite android apps Assist checkup & Assist checkup lite ios apps

Find ASSIST Resources

Assist Potal- assist drug screening tool & drug and alcohol testing Resources & Tools

Resources & Tools

Need to download ASSIST resources or tools?

Download a full range of ASSIST and ASSIST-Lite tools and resources.

GET MORE RESOURCES
ASSIST Checkup apps and ASSIST-Lite apps Instructional videos

Instructional videos

Like to see the ASSIST and ASSIST-Lite in action?

The instructional videos demonstrate how to administer the ASSIST and ASSIST-Lite in a range of settings.

LEARN MORE
The ASSIST screening test version 3.0 by Ho2 Who Assist Fact Sheet Bibliography

Bibliography

Looking for research evidence for the ASSIST and where it has been used?

Find a list of over 400 articles on the ASSIST and ASSIST-Lite.

KNOW MORE

ASSIST eLEARNING

Register to complete the ASSIST eLearning package. You can also join the ASSIST Community to connect with experts and network with other members. If you register, you can keep up to date with the latest news and conference presentations.

ASSIST Community


FACEBOOK NEWS


Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Introducing the first in our series of updated resources: the ASSIST on Ice instructional video and manual.

Harms from methamphetamine are on the rise.

The Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) reported that in Australia, 1.3 million people over the age of 14 years (approximately 6.3% of this population) reported lifetime use of methamphetamine(s), while 1.4% reported consumption in the past 12-months. However, the majority of people seen by clinicians in primary healthcare may not present obvious signs of use.

Identifying and providing a brief intervention for less intense users can prevent the escalation of subsequent use and harms. However as always, those individuals with more intense problems should be referred to a specialist for assessment and treatment.

But, here is the catch.

Competing demands make it challenging for primary health care professionals to gain the confidence and skills to include regular screening and brief intervention for substance use as part of their clinical routine.

That’s where we come in.

The ASSIST on Ice instructional video and manual, was developed to guide clinicians in primary health care practice in how to ask about methamphetamine use and confidently manage responses. The video presents two scenarios where clinicians administer the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) as part of a routine presentation. Linked with a targeted brief intervention, it shows how the investment of five-to-ten minutes can help people make wiser decisions about their methamphetamine use.

This manual has recently been updated with the latest data, and now has enhanced sections on responding to resistance and managing challenging behaviour. The manual provides an overview of methamphetamine, how screening and provide a brief intervention within a stepped-care model of support along with practical guidance on how to apply the principles of Motivational Interviewing. For practice trainers, the ASSIST on Ice instructional video and manual also includes suggestions on how to use this package as an education and training resource.

Three questions you need to ask yourself are:

1) How concerned are you about the methamphetamine (ice) usage of patients within your practice?
2) Does your confidence to deal with ice-related problems limit your motivation to address it, even when you think it might be a problem?
3) Would you like to learn how to effectively engage in a discussion with your patient about their use of ice that will help them cut down or stop using?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check out the ASSIST on Ice manual and video via the https://www.assistportal.com.au/ to learn more.
... See MoreSee Less

Introducing the first in our series of updated resources: the ASSIST on Ice instructional video and manual.

Harms from methamphetamine are on the rise. 

The Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) reported that in Australia, 1.3 million people over the age of 14 years (approximately 6.3% of this population) reported lifetime use of methamphetamine(s), while 1.4% reported consumption in the past 12-months. However, the majority of people seen by clinicians in primary healthcare may not present obvious signs of use. 

Identifying and providing a brief intervention for less intense users can prevent the escalation of subsequent use and harms. However as always, those individuals with more intense problems should be referred to a specialist for assessment and treatment. 

But, here is the catch. 

Competing demands make it challenging for primary health care professionals to gain the confidence and skills to include regular screening and brief intervention for substance use as part of their clinical routine.

That’s where we come in. 

The ASSIST on Ice instructional video and manual, was developed to guide clinicians in primary health care practice in how to ask about methamphetamine use and confidently manage responses. The video presents two scenarios where clinicians administer the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) as part of a routine presentation. Linked with a targeted brief intervention, it shows how the investment of five-to-ten minutes can help people make wiser decisions about their methamphetamine use. 

This manual has recently been updated with the latest data, and now has enhanced sections on responding to resistance and managing challenging behaviour. The manual provides an overview of methamphetamine, how screening and provide a brief intervention within a stepped-care model of support along with practical guidance on how to apply the principles of Motivational Interviewing. For practice trainers, the ASSIST on Ice instructional video and manual also includes suggestions on how to use this package as an education and training resource.

Three questions you need to ask yourself are:

1) How concerned are you about the methamphetamine (ice) usage of patients within your practice?
2) Does your confidence to deal with ice-related problems limit your motivation to address it, even when you think it might be a problem?
3) Would you like to learn how to effectively engage in a discussion with your patient about their use of ice that will help them cut down or stop using?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check out the ASSIST on Ice manual and video via the https://www.assistportal.com.au/ to learn more.

Comment on Facebook

This manual and video is a lifesaver for clinicians in the primary healthcare sector who are worried about methamphetamine use.

RELATED WORKS

ASSIST Community, eLearning and eASSIST - ASSIST Portal

edX Course

Join the ASSIST Community in discussions, eLearning and activities related to the eASSIST and managing addiction.

VIEW DETAILS

Video Library

View all Videos

Need Help?

Are you concerned about your own or someone else’s alcohol or other drug use? Call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline for free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs.

24 hour support line: 1800 250 015

ASSIST PORTAL - ACKNOWLEDGING COUNTRY

Acknowledging Country

The ASSIST Program team acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia and the Torres Strait. We respect all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—their customs and their beliefs. We also pay our respects to Elders past and present, with particular acknowledgement to the Kaurna people, the original custodians of the Adelaide Plains and the land on which the University of Adelaide's campuses at North Terrace, Waite, Thebarton and Roseworthy are built.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

ASSIST PORTAL - ACKNOWLEDGING COUNTRY