Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund

The Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund provides a flexible funding pool for services that treat substance misuse, including programs that target Indigenous Australians.

Page last updated: 29 January 2015

Page last reviewed: 23 December 2014

The objective of the fund is to better promote and support treatment services across Australia to provide better outcomes for individuals and communities affected by alcohol and drug misuse.

The fund priority areas are:

  • Supporting non-government drug and alcohol treatment services to deliver quality, evidence based services and build capacity to effectively identify and treat coinciding mental illness and substance misuse (comorbidity) through activities such as workforce training, front line service delivery, education, development of partnerships with the broader health sectors, and dissemination of best practice policies and procedures that support the identification and management of clients experiencing comorbidity
  • Assisting Indigenous communities to provide service delivery in alcohol and other drug treatment through
    • delivery of an Indigenous alcohol and other drug workforce
    • improving health outcomes through education programs and
    • developing quality evidence based and culturally secure resources around substance misuse for Indigenous communities
  • Supporting those services targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to increase the effectiveness of, and access to, drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation services, including those in rural and remote areas
  • Reducing the prevalence and impact of petrol sniffing by continuing to support the supply of low aromatic fuel to existing sites and expanding the roll out to sites in the Top End of the Northern Territory, East Kimberley in Western Australia and the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York regions of Queensland
  • Supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, including improving the capacity of treatment services to deliver culturally appropriate care, and providing people from CALD backgrounds with access to treatment services and
  • Supporting the development and implementation of a range of social marketing campaigns.
Organisations currently allocated funding

Funding rounds

In 2011, through a competitive funding process, the department invited the alcohol and drugs sector to submit applications for funding of proposals that promote and support drug and alcohol treatment services.

Guidelines for the most recent funding round (2011)

Review of the drug and alcohol prevention and treatment sector

The Department of Health has undertaken a review of the drug and alcohol prevention and treatment sector.

The final report from the review has been received and the government is considering the key findings of the review, which will help identify ways for governments to work collaboratively and better plan for the future delivery of drug and alcohol services and improved treatment outcomes.

The Study of Patient Pathways in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment.

The Department of Health commissioned Eastern Health, trading as Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, to undertake a study of essential health services and systems that will provide information on current drug and alcohol systems, client pathways through care, and inter-system connectivity, particularly hospitals, and the specialist/community and primary care sectors. A copy of the final report is at the below link.

PDF version: The Study of Patient Pathways in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (PDF 1808 KB large file)
Word version: The Study of Patient Pathways in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (Word 1008 KB large file)

If you require the appendices for this report, please email Turning Point.

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