Following the finalisation of the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund (SMSDGF) and Non-Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program (NGOTGP) funding rounds in early 2012, the former Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Mark Butler MP, requested that the Department of Health undertake a review of the drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services sector.
This project will clarify Australian drug and alcohol treatment and prevention funding; current and future service needs; the gap between met and unmet demand; and planning and funding processes for the future.
This project will deliver:
- A shared understanding of current drug and alcohol treatment funding;
- A set of planned and coordinated funding processes for future Commonwealth AOD funding rounds; and
- Documentation to inform future Commonwealth funding processes which articulate with state/territory approaches and respond to the needs of individuals, families and their communities.
Project leaders: Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW
Funder: Australian Government Department of Health
Project duration: July 2013 – June 2014
The Review aims to achieve:
- Clarity as to the range of services currently funded by governments, their distribution and the demographic groups targeted by these services;
- A common understanding amongst governments and the sector of current and future service needs and where there may be service gaps, either in relation to service type, geographic area and/or demographic groups;
- Clarity as to the type and timing of drug and alcohol funding activities undertaken by governments; and
- The development of a resource/tools to help focus future government funding activities to ensure existing levels of resources (and any growth funding) are used as efficiently and effectively as possible to deliver quality, sustainable drug and alcohol services that respond to the needs of individuals, families and communities.
The review will have six components:
|Component||Areas to be covered|
|1. Service funding review||
|2. Service planning analysis||
|3. Gap analysis||
|4. Funding models review||
|5. Innovation identification||
|6. Analysis, interpretation and consideration||
Each component will involve primary data collection, using the rapid assessment methodology and secondary analysis of a variety of datasets.
Professor Alison Ritter
Phone: (02) 9385 0186
An Advisory Committee has been established to provide expert advice to the Australian Government regarding, and for the duration of, the review. Its role is to:
- Contribute expert knowledge and advice to the review;
- Provide advice on existing and emerging issues in relation to the alcohol and other drug treatment sector; and
- Facilitate stakeholder engagement and partnerships within the alcohol and other drug sector.
|First Assistant Secretary, Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division
Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
|Western Australia||Neil Guard|
|New South Wales||David McGrath|
|Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association||A/Professor Lynne Magor-Blatch|
|National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee||Scott Wilson|
|Australian National Council on Drugs||Gino Vumbaca|
|Alcohol and other Drug Council of Australia||David Templeman|
|National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre||Professor Mike Farrell|
|Australian Medicare Local Alliance||Renee Williams|
|State and territory peak body representation|
|Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)||Annie Madden|
|Consumer Health Forum of Australia||Jeff Gavin|
|Homelessness representative nominated by the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness||Ian Carter|
|Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine||A/ Professor Nick Lintzeris|
|Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia||Jennifer Harland|
Any enquiries may be directed to the AOD Review Advisory Committee secretariat at: SMTP@health.gov.au.
- ATODA received a briefing from the Department of Health on the Project on Friday 19 July as part of the annual face-to-face meeting of the Peaks Capacity Building Network in Brisbane.
- ATODA received a briefing from the Department of Health and the DPMP on the Project on Friday 26 July as part of the Alcohol and other Drug Council of Australia’s National Policy Forum at Parliament House in Canberra.
- ATODA is engaged with DPMP regarding the project plan, including ACT specific activities.
ATODA, ACT Health and DPMP met in mid-September to discuss the Review.
- The Review Team also met with the ATODA Board during the week of 23 September 2013.
ATODA and the other State and Territory AOD peak bodies met face to face with the Review Team on 7 March 2014 to further contribute to the Review.
[note]ACT Status and Action
- ATODA continues to liaise with DPMP regarding next steps and disseminating working papers and status updates to ACT stakeholders.
Last updated 5 August 2014