National Framework for Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drug Treatment 2019-2029

National frameworks

The National Framework for Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Treatment aims at ensuring all Australians seeking alcohol and other drug treatment can access high quality treatment appropriate to their needs, when and where they need it. It includes principles for effective treatment, monitoring and evaluation.


National Quality Framework for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services

National frameworks

The National Quality Framework provides a national agreement on a quality benchmark for the delivery of AOD treatment services which allows for implementation based on funding sources and jurisdictional regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.


ACT Pill Testing Trial 2019: Program evaluation

Harm reduction

This is the final report of the external, independent evaluation of the 2019 Canberra Groovin the Moo (GTM) Pill Testing Trial service which was conducted at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on 28 April 2019.


Patterns of alcohol and other drug treatment service use in Australia: 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2018

National reports

This report is prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to explore the service use patterns of clients who received treatment from publicly funded
specialist AOD treatment services between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2018.


Working with AOD clients experiencing housing issues & homelessness

QNADA Factsheet

This fact sheet has been designed for AOD services that may be working with clients experiencing problems with housing or homelessness. The fact sheet busts common myths, describes common housing support options, and provides tips on supporting clients with housing and homelessness referrals.


Queensland Alcohol and other Drug Treatment & Harm Reduction Outcomes Framework

The Queensland Alcohol and other Drug Treatment and Harm Reduction Outcomes Framework (THROF) describes the way Queensland alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment and harm reduction services can measure their impact. It suggests a series of outcome indicators that, when measured and considered in the context of each other and specific treatment types, help to inform service quality.

The THROF is intended for services to use as a guide to self-identify a range of client, organisational and system outcome indicators, which they consider most relevant to their service model for implementation. The THROF is not intended to replace organisational policy or compel organisations or workers to measure outcomes in any particular way.


ADIS Videos


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; QNADA, ADIS (Alcohol and Drug Information Service) developed a social media 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, community members, a family member with a lived experience, ADIS staff and leaders from the sector.  The social media campaign was run throughout July 2018. Click on the link to view the videos!


Report on the Queensland AOD Sector Convention 2018

Qld reports

The Queensland AOD Sector Convention was held in Brisbane on 22 June 2018 at Brisbane City Hall and brought together 110 service managers, policy makers and sector leaders from across the government and non-government alcohol and drugs sector in Queensland.

The Queensland AOD Sector Network is pleased to release a copy of the Convention Report and announce that the draft Queensland AOD Treatment and Harm Reduction Outcomes Framework (THROF) was overwhelmingly endorsed at the event. The THROF will be officially released by the end of the year following amendments suggested at the Convention and further consultation with the Community Controlled Sector.

The full list of Queensland AOD Sector Resolutions for 2018 can be found on page 7 of the report.


AIVL Needle and Syringe Programs – Recommended Equipment List

Harm reduction

Different types of injections require different types of equipment and it is critical that a consistent range of basic injecting equipment be provided across all NSP outlet types to ensure the NSP services can support the diversity of injecting drug use.

This factsheet outlines AIVL’s recommended equipment for NSPs across Australia and their function. It provides an overview of equipment that AIVL recommends NSPs stock as well as providing guidance to NSP staff on providing the right equipment for the right injection.


AIVL Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia: Peer-led Best Practice

Harm reduction

As part of its 2017-18 work plan, AIVL sought to develop a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Best Practice Guide that detailed the needs of people who inject drugs, service delivery models across Australia and practice considerations for service providers that are informed by peer experience and led by peer intelligence. This project built on findings from a National NSP Forum that AIVL held in Sydney in 2015 and from a 2017 literature review that detailed NSP service models and international NSP best practice.

The aim of the consultations for this project:

• Understand the key issues in the delivery of services through NSPs
• Identify gaps in current knowledge and understanding of NSP Service Delivery
• Understand the advantages and disadvantages related to each of the NSP service models (peer-based,
secondary and pharmacy based NSPs)
• Establish an evidence base for the development of NSP Best Practice Guidelines for use in all states and
territories of Australia
• Establish a group of key informants to support the development of Best Practice Guidelines for NSPs
in Australia


Reducing stigma and discrimination for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use

This project aimed to understand experiences of stigma and discrimination for people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in Queensland. Specifically, the research examined:

  • Experiences of stigma and discrimination;
  • The potential for legislation to be stigmatising;
  • The settings and sectors in which stigma and discrimination occur;
  • The impacts of stigma and discrimination on health and wellbeing and in particular on recovery and the ability to reconnect with the community; and
  • Circumstances where stigma is not experienced, and evidence of what works to address stigma and discrimination.

Changing attitudes, changing lives – options to reduce stigma and discrimination for people experiencing problematic AOD use


This report has been prepared by the Queensland Mental Health Commission (the Commission) to examine ways to reduce stigma and discrimination which has a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people experiencing problematic alcohol and other drug use.