Alcohol and other drugs

Our alcohol and other drugs (AOD) program focuses on commissioning services for those most in need, and in areas with greatest need.

This is part of our commitment to ensuring that the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable communities is improved in a coordinated and accountable way. AOD is a key priority area, and we are working to make the most of opportunities to support more integrated responses across the health system.

Our Regional Health Needs Assessment identifies local government areas in the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network region with populations experiencing greater levels of harm related to AOD compared with state and national averages.

Our AOD program is managed by our Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Service Redesign team and sits alongside mental health and suicide prevention activities.

Blueprint for Better Health

Recently, we worked closely with our community to develop a blueprint for integrated mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention services in our region.

Like the initial drawings for a building, the blueprint is the basis for a more detailed set of plans. We are now working with service providers, our partners and the community on a detailed action plan to create a better system, better support services and improve the experience of people using mental health and related services in our region.