Evaluation and innovation series: NADA members

Hosted in partnership with NSW Health, this webinar series showcases the research undertaken by non government AOD treatment services and their research partners, as part of the AOD Early Intervention and Innovation Fund (EIIF) grant rounds.

Funded as part of the NSW Drug Package, the purpose of EIIF was to help build the evidence base for early intervention models and support people at risk of problematic AOD use, particularly young people.

The fund consisted of the NGO Evaluation Grants Scheme and the AOD Innovation Grants Scheme. Fourteen projects were funded through these schemes, and we look forward to their findings being presented as part of this series.

Client directed care: An evaluation of the new client centred care model used at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services

This presentation will evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the client centred care model used at Kedesh Residential Services. It will also examine the impact of client centred care on substance use outcomes and psychological wellbeing. Download presentation [PPTX].

Presenter: A/Prof. Peter Kelly
Research team: Mr Mark Buckingham, A/Prof. Peter Kelly, Senior Prof. Frank Deane, Mr David Reid and Dr Esther Davis

Experiences of patient‐centred care in alcohol and other drug treatment settings: A qualitative study to inform design of a patient‐reported experience measure

The relationship between patient-centered care and outcomes in specialist drug and alcohol treatment: A systematic literature review

If you wish to obtain your own copy of these publications or want further information regarding this research, please contact A/Prof Peter Kelly.

This webinar will describe the capacity of the Ted Noff’s Street University program to attract and retain difficult-to-reach young people and examine the impact of their participation in the program on social and health outcomes. Noffs presentation [PPTX]

Presenter: A/Prof Joanne Bryant and Mr Mark Ferry
Research team: Mr Mark Ferry, A/Prof Joanne Bryant, Ms Naomi Noffs, A/Prof Limin Mao, Dr Rebecca Gray and Ms Elena Cama.

It will also assess the treatment outcomes of residential clients during and after residential rehabilitation at Odyssey House NSW and identify which factors contribute to a successful recovery. Odyssey House presentation [PPTX]

Presenters: Ms Julie Babineau, A/Prof. Toby Newton-John, Mr Mark Stevens and Mr David Kelly
Research team: Ms Julie Babineau, Mr Mark Stevens, A/Prof. Toby Newton-John and Dr Rosemaree Miller

This presentation will report findings from a mixed methods evaluation of ACON’s Substance Support Service, an outpatient AOD counselling service for LGBTIQ people. It will examine treatment outcomes among ACON clients and compare their treatment experiences with clients of comparable mainstream services. Download presentation [PDF].

Presenters: Prof. Martin Holt and Dr Loren Brener
Researchers: Ms Sarah Lambert,  Dr Toby Lea; Prof. Martin Holt; Dr Loren Brener, Ms Genevieve Whitlam and Dr Rebecca Gray

Visit the project page on the UNSW website

Presentation one: Feasibility of adolescent AOD interventions in Headspace centres
This presentation discusses what evidence based AOD interventions exist that would be suited for use in Headspace settings. It also explores the barriers and enablers of implementing evidence based AOD interventions in Headspace and identifies the costs of implementing the preferred model.

Presenters: Dr Julaine Allan and Ms Nicole Snowdon
Research team: Dr Julaine Allan, Ms Nicole Snowdon, Anthony Shakeshaft, Ryan Courtney and Debra Rickwood

Download presentation [PDF]
Outpatient psychosocial substance use treatments for young people: An overview of reviews
Findings of high quality reviews

Presentation two: An evaluation of cognitive remediation therapy among people in residential treatment for substance dependence
This presentation examines the implementation, feasibility, acceptability and outcomes of a cognitive remediation (CR) program in AOD residential rehabilitation. The findings presented are based on a pilot study conducted at Lives Lived Well.

Presenter: Dr Molly Carlyle and Dr Julaine Allan
Research team: Dr Molly Carlyle, Dr Anna Thompson, Dr Julaine Allan, Prof Leanne Hides, Dr Alice Medalia, Mr Nick Meumann, Mr Adam Roberts and Dr Matt Thomas.

Presentation 1: Discussing the development, feasibility and acceptability of a smart phone app designed to support SMART Recovery participants to regularly enter self-monitoring data across a range of domains (e.g. substance use, mental health, wellbeing) and to provide participants with tailored feedback.

Presentation 2: Examining treatment outcomes associated with dialectical behaviour therapy for young people in residential substance use disorder treatment, identify factors associated with treatment response, and explore acceptability of the intervention. Findings are based on a comparison of two cohorts completing a 12-week residential substance use disorder treatment program at Triple Care Farm: A current DBT group intervention (2018-2020) and a comparison group from ten years prior (2008-2009) designated as treatment as usual.

This presentation examines whether exposure to the ERIC (Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control) intervention improves social and emotional wellbeing, emotion regulation, mental health and AOD use in vulnerable young people. The extent to which it is practical and feasible to implement ERIC across the NSW health system to scale is also discussed.

This presentation is based on a randomised controlled trial of a continuing care telephone intervention following residential substance abuse treatment. Participants attending The Salvation Army or We Help Ourselves residential programs were randomised to:

  1. Usual care
  2. Usual care plus 4 sessions of telephone delivered continuing care
  3. Usual care plus 12 sessions of telephone delivered continuing care

A concurrent study assessing the feasibility of using a call-centre model to deliver the intervention was also conducted. This involved participants who were attending The Salvation Army, We Help Ourselves, or Adele House residential facilities. The primary outcome examined was the proportion of days abstinent from alcohol and other drugs at 30 days prior to and 24 weeks post intervention. Secondary outcomes included attendance at further substance use treatment, risky substance using practices (BTOM), stability of housing, quality of life (WHO-8), and symptom distress (K10). Qualitative interviews were also conducted with the Continuing Care Workers to examine the implementation of continuing care.

The Community Restorative Centre provides transitional post-release and AOD support for people leaving prison in NSW. In this presentation, the research team will present key findings from the evaluation of CRC’s transitional programs. This will include outcomes in terms of recidivism (for all CRC clients who participated on CRC programs between 2014 and 2017); a comparison analysis with CRC clients (with the UNSW MHDCD dataset); a costings and case-study analysis and insights from the qualitative interviews with CRC clients.

This presentation will discuss the preliminary findings of a randomised wait-list controlled trial of the S-Check app for methamphetamine use. The primary outcome examined will be the effectiveness of S-Check in motivating behavioural change and help-seeking among people who use methamphetamine. App usability, usage, engagement by treatment naïve people, predictors of engagement and participant experiences in using the app will also be discussed. Presenter: Conjoint Prof. Nadine Ezard Presenter Biography: Dr Nadine Ezard is the Clinical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital and Director of the National Centre for Clinical Research in Emerging Drugs (NCCRED) and conjoint Professor with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. Research Team: Conjoint Prof. Nadine Ezard (St Vincent’s Hospital, NCCRED & UNSW); Ms Florence Bascombe (NCCRED & UNSW); Mr Peter Middleton (St Vincent’s Hospital); Dr Krista Siefried (NCCRED & UNSW); Mr Brendan Clifford (St Vincent’s Hospital); Prof. Frances Kay-Lambkin (University of Newcastle).

Host: Fadil Pedic
Presenter: Professor Ann Roche
Research team: This project was undertaken as a collaborative venture with the NSW Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Committee. The team involved comprised Jim Finnane, Ken Pidd, Vinita Duraisingam, Janine Chapman, Brooke Phillips, Ann Roche.

This presentation provides details of a multi-site intervention among NSW construction workers examining patterns and predictors of their alcohol and drug use and the efficacy of a training program to reduce risky consumption and associated harms. Findings of exceptionally high levels of cocaine use are noted, together with high levels of concurrent risky drinking and pain relief (opioid based) medication. Recommendations for future approaches and interventions are identified.

This presentation will summarise key findings and recommendations emerging from the Evaluation. It will examine the outcomes of the Program, including the ways in which the Program has contributed to changes in the lives of the participants.

Presenters: Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan is a systems change practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in direct service delivery, health promotion, evaluation, policy development and leadership development. Her work as a consultant includes:

  • Embedded support for place-based systems change, including designing and supporting collaborative governance and community decision making
  • Leadership development and coaching to support organisational adaptation and innovation
  • Strategic planning for organisations, programs and collaborations
  • Core area of expertise: Population and public health, community development and collective impact, monitoring and evaluation, strategy and policy, leadership and collaboration on complex social issues.

Panelist: Melanie Schwartz

Melanie Schwartz is the Program Lead at Weave Youth and Community Services. Prior to holding this role, she conducted the independent evaluation of Weave’s Creating Future Justice Program. She is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW. She teaches criminal law, advanced criminal law and in the Indigenous student programs in the faculty. Her research is in criminal justice, prisons, access to justice and Indigenous legal issues.

Research team: Dr Judy Gold; Ms Lisa Ryan; Ms Siobhan Bryson; Ms Mardi Diles; Mr Dylan Clay

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