Drug Policy and Reform News - December 2017
What a year it has been. The recently announced Drug Rehabilitation Plan really caps off a bustling year of exciting developments and investment.
Looking back at 2017, all of us in the sector can proudly claim our part in delivering a number of significant achievements, including:
- transition to new intake and assessment arrangements, with updated program guidelines and performance management framework
- roll-out of a range of harm reduction initiatives, including the peer-led network trial, naloxone subsidies and education, proactive overdose response
- a new phase of collaborative practice between family violence, child protection, mental health and the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) sectors to improve outcomes for individuals and families
- implementation of a range of new initiatives to expand access to treatment services as part of the $78m Stage 3 of the Ice Action Plan
- announcement of a trial of a medically supervised injecting room in North Richmond.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution, support and spirited engagement as we work together to deliver on the Victorian Government's significant expansion of treatment and harm reduction services.
As a result of your enthusiasm, commitment and leadership, we have made substantial progress in building more collaborative, integrated and improved service responses. We look forward to continuing to work closely with you in 2018.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and hope that many of you have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing break in advance of a big 2018.
As always, we welcome your feedback on this bulletin, including on any topics you would like to see included in future editions. Comments can be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the team at the Drug Policy and Reform Unit