NATIONAL PROJECT: The AOD Quality Framework Project –The development of a quality framework for Australian Government funded drug and alcohol treatment services

Project Duration: July 2013 – June 2014

The Australian Government, Department of Health recently engaged Turning Point to develop a Quality Framework for Australian Government funded drug and alcohol treatment services.

The intention is for the quality framework to be developed in collaboration with the key stakeholders, including peak bodies, service providers and government agencies in each state and territory and to build on existing successes and innovation in the alcohol and other drugs sector through:
  • a collaborative and consultative process involving and led by alcohol and other drug clinicians and the engagement of key stakeholders;
  • mapping existing standards and innovative processes around quality assurance;
  • and contributing to improved service delivery across the alcohol and other drugs sector.

The project aims to develop a quality framework for alcohol or other drugs (AOD) treatment services that:
  • complements other models/frameworks that services currently comply with;
  • is adaptable, flexible and suitable for a range of service types and settings, including Indigenous-specific services;
  • considers clients with comorbidity and the need to build and/or maintain capacity of services to appropriately manage these clients;
  • considers all funding sources for services including client/patient contributions;
  • clearly describes the expected quality standards for each service type;
  • has clear guidelines, policies and procedures to support the achievement and maintenance of these quality standards;
  • allows incorporation of accreditation models that services currently have in place or may have in place in the future; and,
  • considers related aspects such as accreditation and minimum qualifications.

Additionally, the project will aim to provide a detailed draft implementation plan for the framework; with recommendations drawn from the project; and other information that informs use and future development needs.
Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre has brought together a project team led by Professor Dan Lubman, Associate Professor David Best and Dr Máirtín McDermott, with the support of a team of national AOD and quality assurance experts, including Prof Steve Allsop (WA), A/Prof Lynne Magor-Blatch (ACT), Dr Mark Daglish (QLD), Dr Stefan Gruenert (VIC), Wendy Casey (WA) and Jigi Lucas (VIC). This team is working together with the AOD peak bodies to ensure the successful completion of this important project.
Commonwealth Department of Health
Dr Máirtín McDermott
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