DA-CCP Project

Project name: National Drug and Alcohol Clinical Care & Prevention (DA-CCP) Project
Project leaders: Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW
Funder: Commissioned through the (former) Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy through the Cost Shared Funding Model, funded by the NSW Ministry for Health and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Project duration:  2011 - 2014

The project is developing a national population planning model for alcohol and drug services in Australia which can be used by all jurisdictions to support transparent, consistent and evidence based health planning.
Central to the project is the establishment of a set of ideal treatment pathways, which represent the services that any one typical client may receive over the course of a typical year (categorised by age, severity of dependence and drug type).

Further Details
DA-CCP aims and objectives are:
• To build the first national population based model for drug and alcohol service planning
• To estimate the need and demand for services
• To use clinical evidence and expert consensus to specify the care packages required by individuals and groups
• To calculate the resources needed to provide these care packages
• To provide a tool for jurisdictions: the development of a national model can be adapted for used within each Australian jurisdiction (transparency and consistency in service planning)

The DA-CCP model:
• The model is about what "should be", not what is currently available.
• There are 5 drug classes (alcohol, opiates, cannabis, methamphetamine and benzodiazepines)
• There are 5 age groups (0-11 months, 1 - 11 years, 12 - 17years, 18 - 64 years, 65+)
• The care packages are based on a range of service types:
   o Outpatient, community based treatments
   o Residential rehabilitation services
   o Inpatient, hospital based treatments
   o Inpatient, community based treatments
   o Primary care services (e.g. GPs)
   o The care packages are evidence based. In the absence of evidence, then the packages are based on expert consensus.

The DA-CCP will tell us:
• Nationally shared descriptions of units of service (care packages)
• Estimates of:
   o The number of people 'needing' treatment (by drug type and age range)
   o The number of staff (full time equivalent) required (medical, allied health/nursing, AOD workers)
   o The number of beds and treatment places required
   o The amount of other care (e.g. doses of medicines, medical investigations, etc)
   o A tool for each jurisdiction to use in planning for AOD services
Adapted excerpt from a presentation by Professor Alison Ritter "Population planning for alcohol and other drug services: the national Drug and Alcohol Clinical Care Prevention (DA-CCP) project" at the NDARC Annual Symposium 2012.

Expert Reference Group
An Expert Reference Group has been established to oversee the project, which is chaired by Professor Alison Ritter.

Project contact
Professor Alison Ritter
Email: a.ritter@unsw.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9385 0186

Further information
To view DA- CCP further information please click below http://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/ndarc/resources/Session%20Four%20-%20Alison%20Ritter.pdf

Project update
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