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Victorian Primary Care Partnerships Submission to the Review of new arrangements for the delivery of Mental Health Community Support Services and Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, August 2015
From its inception in January 2015, the work of the East Gippsland Ice Prevention Working Group (now known as the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Alliance) has reflected the needs of the local community. In response to community concerns about the use of crystal methamphetamine, the group focussed on providing accurate information about use of the drug across East Gippsland. As a result of these information sessions, a group of committed community champions were identified to be involved in designing local solutions to local problems.
While Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) agencies in the east are providing a number of high quality treatment services, opportunities for improvements were identified by the partnership. Across the region, inconsistencies exist in both service demand and waiting times. Factors identified as contributing to this inconsistency include the ineffective transfer and sharing of client information, limited referrals between services, and the impact of systematic changes due to re-commissioning and reform. The Inner East Primary Care Partnership (IE PCP) was funded to work with AOD services in Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne to improve the AOD service system.
Infographic: Strengthening the AOD service system for improved client experience
Strengthening the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Service System in the East Service Guide