Systems Navigation, Early Intervention and Telephone Counselling Project
Working in partnership and funded by the 4 regional Primary Health Networks (PHN), North Queensland, Western Queensland, Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay and Darling Downs and West Moreton, this 18 month project seeks to address issues of awareness of and access to services for people with problematic alcohol and other drug use in regional, rural and remote Queensland.
QNADA and the PHNs worked in partnership with ADIS (Alcohol and Drug Information Service) and Insight to develop and deliver the project activities. Activities included the development of a social media strategy and campaign targeting the 4 PHN regions encouraging people to seek help for themselves or a family member or friend by accessing the ADIS 24/7 telephone support and counselling service. 11 short vignettes were developed utilizing local spokespersons including PHN CEOs and staff, football players, musicians, a family member with a lived experience, ADIS staff and leaders from the sector. The social media campaign was run throughout July 2018.
In recognising the critical role of primary health care services in rural and remote region in increasing access to alcohol and other drug treatment, QNADA worked with Insight to deliver 4 webinars targeting General Practitioners to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to alcohol and other drug issues and to support the reduction of stigma in the community. These webinars were run between August and September 2018.
Outcomes and learnings from this project will be documented in the final report due by February 2019.