WANADA and the WA Association for Mental Health have formed a partnership to support regional, rural and remote services that work with people who have both alcohol and other drug and mental health issues.
Funded by the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the Capability Assessment Project will involve 14 services across WA's seven health regions.
WANADA Sector Quality Coordinator Caroline Henson and WAAMH's Co-occurring Capability Project Officer Mandy Kiely are laying the groundwork for services that want to better assess how they address co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health issues.
"By completing self-assessments, services can identify ways to improve their work with people who have co-occuring alcohol and other drug and mental health concerns,” says Caroline. “Assessments can also inform future cross-sector development.”
Developed overseas, the assessment tools currently available may not adequately consider the needs of regional services or the need to work in ways that are culturally secure for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Says Mandy, "By supporting services to complete self-assessments using these tools, we can review and adapt the tools for continued use in Western Australia."
Working collaboratively will benefit both the alcohol and other drug and mental health sectors, according to WANADA CEO Jill Rundle.
"At completion of the project, the sectors will have a robust, culturally informed, co-occurring capability self-assessment process," says Ms Rundle. "We will have developed resources to support this process, and a way to identify collective sector development opportunities.
"Ultimately, this will lead to improved services and better outcomes for people and communities."