In June 2016 the NSW Government announced the $75 million NSW Drug Package to tackle drug misuse in our communities. Over four years, the investment focusses on supporting more young people, more people into treatment and more families.
As part of the NSW Drug Package, funding of $8 million over four years has been provided to help build the evidence base for early intervention models to support people at risk with a particular focus on young people with problematic alcohol and other drug use. The fund consists of two grant schemes.
Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Evaluation Grants Scheme (EGS)
Grants under this scheme focus on building the capacity of NGOs to evaluate existing programs to build the evidence base and ultimately improve program delivery. Grants are for $30,000 to $150,000 over two years. The NGO EGS follows a one-stage application process - expression of interest only.
AOD Innovation Grants Scheme (IGS)
Grants under this scheme are for NGO's and their partners, including the NSW Health system to specifically drive early intervention innovation with a specific focus on vulnerable young people. Grants of $50,000 to $1 million over two years are awarded with the purpose of testing innovative approaches to prevention, early intervention, harm reduction and aftercare / relapse prevention.
The AOD IGS follows a two stage application process: expression of interest and then full application development upon invitation only.
NSW Health has conducted 2 rounds of the NGO Evaluation Grants and AOD Innovation Grants Schemes to date.
Round 2 grant recipients
Round 2 is now closed and the following organisations have been successful
NGO Evaluation Grants
||Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Program
||An evaluation of a workplace alcohol and drug harm reduction program|
||Community Restorative Centre NSW
||Exploring the efficacy of specialist long-term community based AOD outreach support for people leaving prison|
||Lives Lived Well
||An evaluation of Computerised Cognitive Remediation Therapy for people in residential treatment for substance dependence|
||Weave Youth and Community Services Inc.
||Speak Out - an independent evaluation of the Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program at Weave Youth and Community Services|
Round 1 grant recipients
NGO Evaluation Grants
||Ted Noffs Foundation
||Evaluation of Ted Noffs Foundation Street University Program|
||Kedesh Rehabilitation Services
||Client directed care: an evaluation of the new client centred care model used at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services|
||Supporting best practice for sexual and gender minority AOD clients: evaluation of ACONs Substance Support Service|
||Evaluating the effectiveness of a modified Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group program in treating adolescents and young adults experiencing substance misuse|
||Program evaluation - Odyssey House|
AOD Innovation Grants
||Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) plus feedback in SMART Recovery Australia: a feasibility study examining SMART ROM|
||Feasibility of adolescent AOD interventions in headspace centres|
||The Salvation Army (NSW) Property Trust
||A randomised controlled trial of a continuing care telephone intervention following residential substance abuse treatment|
|Adrian Dunlop & Kate Hall
||Hunter New England Local Health District
||ERIC (Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control): a sustainable program for vulnerable young people with AOD mental health issues|
Round 3 is currently under development
NSW Health is currently considering a potential Round 3 of the AOD Early Intervention Innovation Grants Scheme.
Other research funding
Round 4 of the Translational Research Grants Scheme (TRGS) is currently open and funds research projects that will translate into better patient outcomes, health service delivery, and population health and wellbeing. The scheme provides grants to staff within NSW LHDs, SHNs, the Ambulance Service of NSW and NSW Health Pathology.
All enquiries should be directed to MOH-AODGrants@health.nsw.gov.au