Alcohol & other drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) services provide a range of services to help Victorians recover from the harm associated with alcohol misuse and drug use.

AOD Sector reform

The Victorian Government’s New directions for alcohol and drug treatment services: A roadmap sets out a comprehensive reform agenda for the Alcohol and Other Drug treatment system in Victoria. Significant work is currently underway to recommission service delivery arrangements.

The first phase, adult non-residential treatment services, will commence recommissioning in 2013 and new delivery arrangements are expected to be operational in July 2014. Adult residential and youth services will be recommissioned separately at a later stage.

New service planning and delivery catchments will help to determine the volume and alignment of services required to meet local population need.

  • see the Sector reform page of the Department of Health website for links and up to date information on the AOD Treatment System reform.

Screening and Assessment Tool

A new Adult AOD Screening and Assessment Tool has been developed for the sector. The tool comprises three steps: Self-complete initial screen, Comprehensive assessment and Review.  Ten optional modules covering issues such as gambling, family violence and mental health are also available.

Steps 1 and 2 will be required for use by AOD services under new service agreements commencing from 2014.

  • see the Sector reform page of the Department of Health website for links to the Assessment Tool modules

Workforce Development Framework and Implementation Plan

Supporting the alcohol and drug treatment reforms, a new approach to workforce planning and development has been released. Victoria’s alcohol and drug workforce framework: Strategic Directions 2012-22 and Victoria’s alcohol and drug workforce framework: Implementation plan 2012-15 provide a long-term vision and immediate priority activities for alcohol and drug workforce reform and innovation.

  • see the Workforce Development page of the Department of Health website for links and up to date information as reforms progress.

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