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

Chief Investigator​ ​Host Organisation Project Title​​
​Jim Finnane ​Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Program ​An evaluation of a workplace alcohol and drug harm reduction program
​Mindy Sotri ​Community Restorative Centre NSW ​Exploring the efficacy of specialist long-term community based AOD outreach support for people leaving prison
​Craig Mills ​Lives Lived Well ​An evaluation of Computerised Cognitive Remediation Therapy for people in residential treatment for substance dependence
Kylie Fitzmaurice​ ​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

Chief investigator Host organisation Project title
Mark Ferry Ted Noffs Foundation Evaluation of Ted Noffs Foundation Street University Program
Mark Buckingham Kedesh Rehabilitation Services Client directed care: an evaluation of the new client centred care model used at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services
Sarah Lambert ACON Supporting best practice for sexual and gender minority AOD clients: evaluation of ACONs Substance Support Service
Gabriella Holmes Mission Australia Evaluating the effectiveness of a modified Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group program in treating adolescents and young adults experiencing substance misuse
Julie Babineau Odyssey House Program evaluation - Odyssey House

AOD Innovation Grants

Chief investigator Host organisation Project title
Ryan McGlaughlin SMART Recovery Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) plus feedback in SMART Recovery Australia: a feasibility study examining SMART ROM
Julaine Allan Lyndon Community Feasibility of adolescent AOD interventions in headspace centres
Gerard Byrne 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.

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Page Updated: Monday 13 August 2018
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