In June 2016 the NSW Government announced the $75 million NSW Drug Package to tackle drug misuse in our communities. Over four years, the investment focussed on supporting more young people, more people into treatment and more families.
As part of the NSW Drug Package, funding of $8 million over four years was provided to help build the evidence base for early intervention models to support people at risk with a particular focus on young people with problematic alcohol and other drug use. The fund consisted of two grant schemes.
Grants under this scheme focused on building the capacity of NGOs to evaluate existing programs to build the evidence base and ultimately improve program delivery. Grants were for $30,000 to $150,000 over two years.
Grants under this scheme were for NGO's and their partners, including the NSW Health system to specifically drive early intervention innovation with a specific focus on vulnerable young people. Grants of $50,000 to $1 million over two years are awarded with the purpose of testing innovative approaches to prevention, early intervention, harm reduction and aftercare / relapse prevention.
Evaluation of Ted Noffs Foundation Street University Program.
Evaluation of Street University Engagement Program Summary Report
Evaluation of the Street University Engagement Program Final Report
Client directed care: an evaluation of the new client centred care model used at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services
Client Directed Care Summary Report
The systematic literature review found that there is a relationship between patient-centred indicators and outcomes for people receiving treatment, however conclusions are limited owing to under representation of patient reported experience measures.
Supporting best practice for sexual and gender minority AOD clients: Evaluation of ACONs Substance Support Service
ACON Substance Support Service Evaluation
The paper Treatment outcomes of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer alcohol and other drug counselling service in Australia: A retrospective analysis of client records provides further information on ACON's AOD client outcomes.
Evaluating the effectiveness of a modified Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group program in treating adolescents and young adults experiencing substance misuse
DBT Group Program Summary Report
Program evaluation - Odyssey House
Odyssey House Residential Rehabilitation Summary Report
Odyssey House Residential Rehabilitation Final Evaluation Report
Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) plus feedback in SMART Recovery Australia: a feasibility study examining SMART ROM
Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) in SMART Recovery Summary Report
Several papers have been published on SMART ROM including:
Lives Lived Well
(formerly Lyndon Community)
Feasibility of adolescent AOD interventions in Headspace centres
AOD interventions for young people in Headspace Centres Summary Report
Outpatient psychosocial substance use treatments for young people: An overview of reviews details evidence on substance disorder interventions for young people.
A randomised controlled trial of a continuing care telephone intervention following residential substance abuse treatment
Continuing Care Telephone Intervention Summary Report
ERIC (Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control): a sustainable program for vulnerable young people with AOD mental health issues
Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control Summary Report
Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control Final Report
An Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control (ERIC) Intervention for Vulnerable Young People: A Multi-Sectoral Pilot Study is the published paper, and Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control (ERIC) provides access to the ERIC manual.
(Former CI: Jim Finnane)
An evaluation of a workplace alcohol and drug harm reduction program
Workplace AOD Harm Reduction Program Summary Report
Workplace AOD Harm Reduction Program Final Report
Exploring the efficacy of specialist long-term community based AOD outreach support for people leaving prison
AOD Outreach Support for People Leaving Prison Summary Report
AOD Outreach Support for People Leaving Prison Final Report
An evaluation of Computerised Cognitive Remediation Therapy for people in residential treatment for substance dependence
Cognitive Remediation Therapy in Substance Use Treatment Summary Report
Implementing cognitive remediation in substance use treatment: The impact of staff perceptions and Feasibility and pilot efficacy of cognitive remediation for people in residential substance use treatment provides further published articles about the project.
(Former CI: Kate Fitzmaurice)
Speak Out - an independent evaluation of the Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program at Weave Youth and Community Services
Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program Summary Report
Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program Final Report
Feasibility and efficacy of the S-Check App: A harm reduction and early intervention smartphone application for methamphetamine use
St Vincent's S-Check App Summary Report
The NADA has published the Service Development Grants Round 2 Final Report which provides an overview of the range of initiatives that non-government alcohol and other drug services were funded under the two streams. NADA has also produced a series of webinars on the AOD Early Intervention and Innovation Fund (EIIF) grant rounds.
Translational Research Grants Scheme (TRGS) funds research projects that will translate into better patient outcomes, health service delivery, and population health and wellbeing.
The scheme provides grants to staff within local health districts, speciality health networks, NSW Ambulance and NSW Health Pathology. The Scheme is designed to build research capacity and accelerate evidence translation within the NSW public health system.
Unlike previous years, the latest round (Round 6) does not have specific research themes.
For more about NSW Health medical research, visit NSW Health Medical & Health Research.
All enquiries should be directed to MOH-AODGrants@health.nsw.gov.au