A descriptive study of the processes involved in the reform of Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector

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Date Commenced:
07/2014
Project Supporters:

VAADA

Project Members: 
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Dr Lynda Berends
Visiting Senior Lecturer
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Director, Drug Policy Modelling Program
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Project Main Description: 

The aim of this project is to provide an overview of issues and concerns related to the 2014 alcohol and other drug sector recommissioning process in Victoria. Researchers from the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, are working collaboratively with the Victorian peak body for non-government organisations providing specialist alcohol and other drug services, the Victorian Alcohol And other Drug Association (VAADA), to undertake the project.

Rationale: 

Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector is undergoing major change. Outpatient services have been subject to recommissioning within a framework that introduces major changes to service types and ways of operating, along with an emphasis on local service networks. This project will document the views of service providers involved in recommissioning at a critical point in the change process.

Aims: 

The aim of this project is to provide an overview of issues and concerns related to the 2014 alcohol and other drug sector recommissioning process in Victoria. Researchers from the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, are working collaboratively with the Victorian peak body for non-government organisations providing specialist alcohol and other drug services, the Victorian Alcohol And other Drug Association (VAADA), to undertake the project.

Design and Method: 

The project has three components:

1. Describe the key stages and activities leading up to recommissioning of the Victorian alcohol and other drug (AOD) service system, from 2010 onwards

2. Identify issues and concerns arising from processes during this phase, leading up to the release of the AOD Treatment Framework, which became the basis for recommissioning the sector

3. Identify key issues arising from the tendering / re-commissioning process

The method includes a document review and group interviews with service providers. We will prepare a draft report and seek feedback from VAADA, making changes where required. The final report will be an independent perspective that is put forward by the researchers.

Progress/Update: 

The project commenced in July 2014 and it was completed in late November 2014.

Output: 

The final project report has been provided to VAADA. One or more papers may be published in peer review and community journals / magazines.

Benefits: 

Sector reform involves major change for funders, providers, and clients. It is important to document the processes involved to understand what is involved and inform other approaches to reform.

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Project Status: 
Completed
Year Completed: 
2014