Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) is taking a lead role in managing use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in communities throughout our region.
Our work links with local and state government health and wellbeing plans to increase general practitioners’ awareness and knowledge of primary care best practices for the management of AOD use.
Specifically, we support a harm minimisation approach while:
- Increasing knowledge and skills for general practitioners and practice nurses in managing patients with issues with alcohol and other drugs through continuing professional development and education programs
- Developing HealthPathways for treating and referring patients with alcohol and other drug issues
- Promoting pharmacotherapy programs.
AOD services redesign
As part of WVPHN’s commitment to supporting the delivery of patient-focused health services across our region, we undertook a far-reaching process to redesign services we commission including alcohol and other drug support services. The summary report is now available: Service Redesign Co-design Report Summary (PDF 814KB)