Incorporating Comorbidity E-News
Strengthening Victorian AOD Consumer Participation Project
Posted to ENEWS for Amy Swan on behalf of the Department of Health
As part of this Department of Health funded project, the Association of Participating Service Users (APSU) is offering assistance to alcohol and other drug agencies to improve the scope and effectiveness of their client participation. A letter of support from Dr Ruth Vine, Acting Director, Operations Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division encourages agencies to consider participation in this important initiative.
On offer are a number of opportunities for agencies to work with APSU and with advance their understanding of, and approaches to consumer participation, such as:
- a Discussion with the Board or CEO
- a Discussion with Managers
- a Consultation with managers and staff
- a Strategy Workshop on effective participation
Miriam Clarke 9573 1776
Regina Brindle 9573 1736 (after 5 June)
Tony McBride 0407 531 468 (until 1 June)
As reflected in a number of policy and strategic frameworks, consumer involvement in AOD service planning and development is an important feature of a responsive service system. To this end, the Department of Health is committed to building stronger consumer participation in the Victorian AOD sector.
I am pleased to advise you that the Department has recently funded the Association of Participating Services Users (APSU) to undertake a project which seeks to increase AOD consumer participation. The Strengthening AOD Consumer Participation Project aims to enhance sector awareness of the value of AOD consumer participation and support the uptake of consumer participation initiatives. The project offers a unique opportunity for agencies to better understand, consider and/or implement consumer participation approaches with the direct support of APSU.
I encourage you to consider participation in this important initiative.
Acting Director, Operations
Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division