Government guidelines and plans

government guidelines and plansThis page contains links to guidelines and plans by the NSW and the Australian Governments relating to drug and alcohol and/or mental health policy and service delivery.

NSW alcohol and other drugs

Non government AOD performance indicator resources

NGO alcohol and other drugs treatment service specifications (2017) [PDF]

Clinical care standards for alcohol and other drug treatment
The Clinical Care Standards for Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment outline the core elements of care that underpin treatment within the AOD treatment sector in NSW. These standards apply to all AOD treatment service types and locations and do not identify specific interventions used in treatment. The intention is to detail foundational elements of care, support clinical decision making and complement rather than replicate other sources of information that guide the delivery of high quality and safe treatment.

Workforce capability framework
Central to workforce performance are capabilities—the knowledge, skills and attributes that workers must demonstrate to perform their roles effectively. Developed by NADA for, and with input from those who work in the AOD sector, the Workforce Capability Framework: Core capabilities for the NSW non government AOD sector describes the core capabilities and associated behaviours expected of all NSW non government AOD workers.

Guideline to consumer participation in NSW drug and alcohol services (2015) [PDF]

NSW Health comorbidity guidelines (2009) [PDF] NSW Clinical Guidelines for the Care of Persons with Comorbid Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in Acute Care Settings

NSW Health drug and alcohol psychosocial interventions professional practice guidelines (2008) [PDF] (under review)

Drug and alcohol treatment guidelines for residential settings (2007) [PDF] (under review)

NSW drug and alcohol withdrawal clinical practice guidelines (2007) [PDF] (under review)

MERIT residential treatment guidelines: a guide for MERIT teams and residential treatment providers (2007) [PDF]

Drug and alcohol plan 2006–2010: A Plan for the NSW Health Drug and Alcohol Program

NSW drug and alcohol clinical supervision guidelines (2006) [PDF]

Substance use and young people framework

Australian methamphetamine-related clinical guidelines

Australian government

The national drug strategy 2017–2026 [PDF]

National quality framework for drug and alcohol treatment services
The National Quality Framework sets a nationally consistent quality benchmark for providers of AOD treatment services. It includes strong clinical governance requirements and a list of accreditation standards that AOD specialist treatment service providers must meet.

National framework for alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment
The National Treatment Framework’s aim is that all Australians seeking AOD treatment can access high quality treatment appropriate to their needs, when and where they need it. It includes principles for effective treatment, monitoring and evaluation.

National comorbidity guidelines suite of resources, webinars and eLearning for managing co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions

National approach to Mental Health – the policies and plans informing the mental health and suicide prevention planning, including addressing the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.

Department of Health—AOD workers code of ethics

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