Closer look at alcohol and other drug service system

Posted on: Monday, 18 April 2011

In 1997, Victoria’s Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services: Framework for Service Delivery was released.  Since this time, significant changes in patterns of and treatment responses to alcohol and other drugs use have occurred.

Treatment approaches to special needs populations have continued to evolve, new therapeutic responses have been tested and implemented and our understanding of effective AOD treatment has advanced.

Eastern Health's Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre is conducting a Department of Health funded project that aims to review and realign screening and assessment functions in the Victorian AOD service system, consistent with the broader AOD reform agenda.

The overarching objective of the AOD screening and assessment project is to develop and disseminate a contemporary, evidence based screening and assessment framework that supports ongoing client assessment, treatment planning, delivery and review.

There will be multiple opportunities for sector consultation, including seeking the views of AOD consumer representatives via: 

  • A needs analysis using a statewide online survey (mid-April 2011)
  • A sector forum (May 2011)
  • AOD agency involvement in pilot evaluation (expressions of interest will be sought in June 2011)

The sector will also be kept informed of the project activities via regular updates on the Turning Point website http://www.turningpoint.org.au and promotion at relevant meetings.

For further information about the project please contact Dr Lynda Berends (Principal Researcher) via email lyndab@turningpoint.org.au or phone 8413 8448 or Jacqui Cameron (Associate Researcher) via email jacquic@turningpoint.org.au or phone 8413 8433.