Seeking research participants: Victorian AOD and emergency health service workers, clinicians and managers

If you are a Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) or emergency services clinician/worker/manager, working with people who use drugs and/or responding to drug-related adverse events, you are invited to participate in the co-design process of a new clinical rapid drug alert system in Victoria.

Being undertaken by RMIT University and Turning Point, along with project partners, the quick survey (eight minutes) is anonymous and can be accessed at  https://rmit.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0uOPbD3O8ecdlRP

The aim of this research is to identify how Victoria Police forensic drug analysis data can best be communicated to the AOD workforce, in the form of rapid drug alerts. It is hoped to improve clinical responses and resource management when responding to acute drug-related harm and adverse medical events, by informing clinicians/workers and managers about what drugs are circulating in local drug markets.

After completing the survey, you will have the option to express your interest in an online co-design workshop to inform the final alert design. You can also express interest in receiving alerts during the research trial period.

Participants should work in Victoria and be employed as any of the following:

  • AOD worker (engaged directly with people who use drugs/have acute drug problems)
  • Manager of an AOD program, practice or service (responsible for allocating resources/staffing)
  • Emergency healthcare clinician (nurse/doctor/paramedic working in an emergency department, mobile response unit and/or services at events/mass gatherings)
  • Manager of an emergency department, response unit, and/or mobile service (responsible for allocating resources/staffing)

Click here to participate: Survey closes Monday 23 November. 

If you or someone you know needs AOD support, contact local intake and assessment organisation ACSO on 1300 022 760, who can refer people onto to a range of community based treatment programs.

Alternatively, you can call one of the following support lines:

  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • beyondblue Support Service – 1300 224 365
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
  • MensLine – 1300 789 987
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
  • Qlife – 1800 184 527

Gippsland PHN commissions a range of AOD, mental health and suicide prevention services across the region.  To access the Regional Mental Health Services Directory, go to:

https://www.gphn.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Gippsland-PHN-Primary-Mental-Health-Service-Provider-Directory-October-2020-1.pdf

This includes HeadtoHelp, phone 1800 595 212 or visit www.headtohelp.org.au 

A number of AOD Healthpathways have recently been developed, to access Gippsland HealthPathways go to: https://gippsland.healthpathways.org.au/index.htm