Six of the eight Salvation Army AOD (alcohol and other drugs) non-residential tenders for the Victorian government are now in the establishment phase, starting 1 September. This applies across the Army’s four Victorian divisions.
The Australia Southern Territory’s AOD unit is working on a HR strategy re best outcomes for current staff and recruitment for new staff, as well as pursuing rapid work with regard to Victoria’s residential AOD tender round; specifications of those tenders may be released by the end of 2014.
Last month, as part of online communications by VAADA (Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association – the peak body representing Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services in Victoria), The Salvation Army welcomed ‘the Victorian Government’s Department of Health announcement concerning the non-residential Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) commissioning process’.
The Salvation Army ‘will continue to provide a range of services in line with the newly commissioned modalities of treatment in a range of rural and urban settings’ the better to ‘enable individuals and their families to have a positive treatment experience and achieve their self-defined outcomes’.
‘The Salvation Army has over 130 years’ experience in providing responsive drug and alcohol services within Australia and is excited about playing a significant role across Victoria within the newly commissioned drug and alcohol treatment system.
VAADA described the reforms as an ‘opportunity to address the range of system issues which have long been known to the sector. However, ongoing support will be necessary to address service gaps and respond to emerging needs and complexities.’
VAADA executive officer Sam Biondo suggested that ‘the trick will be to ensure that the transformation of the Victorian AOD system actually improves access and integration of services for adults seeking treatment, and that all the challenges of transforming the existing system is worth it’.
‘This process has elicited the development of consortia and partnerships within a lead agency model, and although this has been undertaken to streamline the provision of services, many service users will have to begin engaging with a new service provider, with numerous AOD treatment staff required to find new employment.’
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