Harmful drug and alcohol use is a major social issue with an
estimated annual cost to the community of $14 billion. Around 77
000 Victorians are hospitalised for alcohol and drug related
conditions each year and 27 000 enter government-funded specialist
alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment programs.
The current community-based alcohol and
drug program has operated since 1997. The state allocated $135.7
million for AOD prevention and treatment activities in 2010–11,
with 81 per cent of program funding allocated to treatment.
The audit found that the Department of
Health has no assurance that the service system objectives, of
effective case management and continuity of care for clients, and
consistent, high quality services, are being achieved.
Despite thirty-one reviews of various service system components
since 1999, refinement of the treatment system has been at the
margins. A real commitment to implement long overdue reforms is
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