|GCPHN Commissioned Activity - Services provided by Lives Lived Well, QuIHN, Krurungal A&TSI Corporation
Newly Commissioned AoD Services
| Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is pleased to advise that the newly funded alcohol and other drugs treatment services are fully operational and providing early and post treatment support in the northern Gold Coast, and community outreach and brief intervention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the Gold Coast.
Lives Lived Well and QuIHN, two well established local service providers, are working together to provide professional drug and alcohol treatment and support services for people living in the northern Gold Coast region and supporting access for people who are waiting for longer term residential treatment.
The northern part of the Gold Coast was strongly identified through the GCPHN Needs Assessment as an underserviced area, and it is exciting that these services are providing access to treatment for this part of the community. These new services will be delivered from Nerang, Southport and north to Ormeau.
Experienced drug and alcohol workers from each service provide mobile outreach options for treatment to bring services closer to people who need them. A new service hub at Nerang operated by Lives Lived Well provides local face to face access, group support, drop in opportunities, community engagement and information provision.
Krurungal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Welfare, Resource and Housing is working to deliver a community alcohol and other drug treatment support service to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across the Gold Coast.
A small team of alcohol and other drugs support workers provides culturally appropriate one-on-one support and supported referral for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are in need of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) interventions and are willing to accept support. Krurungal is working closely with AOD professionals at Kalwun Health Service who can provide the clinical support for the individual.
The service is working to enhance and better integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AOD services at a local level and is closely connected with other services including Indigenous service providers, AOD treatment and health services, suicide prevention programs and mental health services.
These are free and confidential services. People can self refer by contacting the service of their choice. Referrals are also welcome from other providers such as health professionals, community organisations and mental health services.
How to access these services
•People can self-refer by contacting the service of their choice.
•Health professionals including GPs, community organisations and mental health services can refer into these services by contacting the service of their choice.
Referrals can be made through calling or emailing the services listed in the 'Commissioned Services' tab below.
Alcohol and other Drugs Initiative
On 1 July 2016 Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) also gained responsibility for funding new alcohol and other drugs treatment services, including ice.
Background to the Initiative
GCPHN is well-placed to identify local needs and ensure the coordination of treatment services. GCPHN will support improved service capacity through planning, commissioning and integration of services at a regional level to improve outcomes for individuals.
GCPHN has worked hard over the last few months to determine the best way forward to invest in the drugs and alcohol treatment sector, and appreciates the collaboration and advice from services we have engaged with to help inform our response.
In December 2015, the Department of Health (DoH) announced that the commissioning of alcohol and other drugs treatment services would be the responsibility of the Primary Health Networks (PHN). This was a result of the work undertaken by the National Ice Taskforce and subsequent reports including the National Ice Action Strategy
The key aims of the investment are:
- Increasing the service delivery capacity of the drug and alcohol treatment sector through the improved regional coordination and by commissioning additional drug and alcohol treatment services targeting areas of need, with a focus on methamphetamine use in the community where appropriate; and
- Improving the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment services for individuals requiring support and treatment by increasing coordination between various sectors, and improving sector efficiency.
The PHN hosts and is involved in a number of groups to support the AOD initiatives in the region.
- GP Mental Health and Alcohol and other Drugs Advisory Group
- Alcohol and other Drugs Working Group
- Ice Response Project Steering Committee
- Ice Community Project Working Group
- Linkages to GCPHN internal governance groups
MH & AOD Snapshot Update Publications
A comprehensive local needs assessment has been undertaken by the Gold Coast Primary Health Network which has involved consideration of a broader range of data, local service mapping and comprehensive engagement with local service providers, key stakeholders and importantly service users themselves to identify the high level needs across the six mental health reform priority areas. This is in the process of being approved by the Department of Health.
The below diagram idicates the different reform stages
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