Alcohol and Other Drugs

SEMPHN commissions alcohol and other drug treatment services in our region.

Commissioning approach

SEMPHN invited tenders late in 2016 from organisations keen to address one or more of the following priority areas in the South Eastern Melbourne PHN catchment:

  • Reduce adolescent use of alcohol within the LGAs of Bayside, Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula
  • Improve service access to AOD treatment options and drug use in the cities of Port Phillip and Greater Dandenong
  • Improve the system response for at risk populations involved in illicit drug use and addressing Hepatitis C rates in the cities of Port Phillip, Greater Dandenong and Frankston
  • Provide early intervention and diversion services for young people relating to ongoing substance abuse across the SEMPHN catchment.

Tenders were between $100,000 and $500,000 per priority area, with a total funding pool of $910,865.

Current and upcoming commissioning opportunities

Tenders to deliver services are announced via our SEMaphore newsletter and on this website as they are released.

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Commissioning opportunities awarded

The following organisations have been successful in receiving funding to increase service delivery capacity and improve the effectiveness of alcohol and other drug treatment and diversionary programs across south eastern Melbourne. The activities are contracted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018. 

Activity 1: Reduce adolescent use of alcohol within the LGAs of Bayside, Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula. Taskforce Community Agency $100, 000
Description of Activity: Taskforce intends to deliver a six week interactive educational program AWARE targeting students in years 8-10. The programs will be tailored to each school’s needs to ensure it is culturally appropriate and meets the values of each school. Taskforce will also run three parent/teacher information sessions on risky alcohol consumption. They will be delivered in partnership with local councils. This newly funded program will fund two part-time AOD educators, the evaluation of the program and information sessions.
Activity 2: Improve service access to AOD treatment options and drug use in the City of Port Philip and Greater Dandenong. Taskforce Community Agency $500, 000
Description of Activity: Taskforce intends to work with hospital networks to raise awareness of community treatment services, raise the level of counselling and support available to clients in the period between self-identification of substance misuse and access to mainstream support, improve discharge planning and referral processes after a hospitalisation, and work with generalist providers to identify barriers and develop referral pathways to improve access.
Activity 3: Improve the system response for at risk populations involved in illicit drug use, addressing Hepatitis C rates in the Cities of Port Phillip, Greater Dandenong and Frankston. Alfred Health Carer Services $125, 000
Description of Activity: Alfred’s Hepatitis C Integrated Care Service will work with local services across the three identified areas to build capacity among GP clinics and AOD services. It will provide local assessment and fibroscan services and will focus on mentoring and upskilling GPs and nurses. The service will build sustainable pathways and relationships and will work with existing partners to maximise access to Hepatitis C research resources of the Burnet Institute and The Alfred and maximise access to Hepatitis C GP training.
Activity 4: Provide early intervention and diversion of young people from ongoing substance abuse across the catchment. YSAS $185, 864
Description of Activity: YSAS aims to deliver an intensive therapeutic early intervention program targeting young people 10-18 years of age (and their families) that are most at risk of developing problems with substance abuse and dependence

The Commissioning Process

An open tender process was used for the commissioning of Alcohol and Other Drug Services funding. Applicants that had registered via Tenderlink were invited to apply and respond to a series of questions against evaluation criteria. Applications received were assessed by an evaluation panel and a short list of applicants were invited to participate in an interview. 

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