Methamphetamine (MA) use is a key contributor to Australia’s burden of disease. Telehealth has potential to overcome many of the barriers to accessing in-person treatment for MA use problems. This study aimed to determine the proportion of people presenting to telephone-delivered MA treatment who are first-time help-seekers and to understand their experiences of treatment. This was a mixed-methods study comprising retrospective analysis of baseline data (n=188) from a randomised controlled trial and thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews. Despite 63% of participants experiencing severe MA use problems, 60% were first-time help-seekers. Participants felt the program was able to overcome some of barriers to in-person treatment (e.g. fear of judgement, lack of transport, time constraints and not knowing where to go). Telephone-delivered interventions are highly scalable models and may reduce the treatment gap for problem MA use.
Rachel Petukhova, Research Assistant, Clinical and Social Research Team, Turning Point
Rachel has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is working as a Research Assistant at Turning Point, Richmond.
Robyn Gerhard, Research Assistant, Clinical and Social Research Team, Turning Point
Jasmin Grigg, Senior Research Fellow, Clinical and Social Research Team, Turning Point