Victoria's alcohol and other drug treatment data

Overview

Objective

To determine whether DH’s management of the alcohol and other drug sector facilitates service delivery that reduces harm relating to substance misuse.

Issues

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems have significant impacts on individuals, their families and communities. AOD issues impact not only the health system, but also child and family services, family violence services and law enforcement. The social impacts of AOD use are pervasive and include criminal activity and engagement with the criminal justice system, victimisation and road trauma. In Victoria, DH is responsible for monitoring AOD services and system performance, identifying opportunities and risks and driving improvement. In 2014, DH used a competitive tender process to partially recommission AOD treatment services. Adult community service providers rolled out these new services in August 2014. Aboriginal and youth services were not recommissioned, while residential services were recommissioned through a separate process in 2019. 

In September 2015, the Victorian Government commissioned an external review that examined the new arrangements for AOD and mental health community support services delivery. The review made a range of recommendations to the then Department of Health and Human Services, including that it:

  • reviews its central intake process and move the assessment function back to service providers 
  • improves data collection and reporting 
  • undertakes a comprehensive review of the funding model. 

This audit will examine the effectiveness of DH’s management and oversight of the AOD services sector and service providers.

Proposed agency

DH.

Associated entities

Odyssey House, Turning Point and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service.

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