VAHI has been working with the Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) to improve reporting of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment through development of the new Victorian Alcohol and Drug Collection (VADC) data specification. The specification will mean that new reports will be more useful to service providers for planning and measuring performance than existing reports.
While the previous Alcohol and other Drug Information System (ADIS) specification met the Department’s operational needs, it did not meet the reporting needs of service providers and other stakeholders. VAHI and the Department, with input from service providers, and the peak governing body, the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA), have now developed a replacement for ADIS that is more fit for purpose. Among a host of improvements, the new specifications will mean that VAHI can, for the first time, report on client outcomes.
Reporting of in-scope Victorian Government-funded AOD activity through the VADC commenced from 1 October 2018. All in-scope Commonwealth Government and PHN funded AOD activity will be reported through the VADC from 1 July 2019.
With the release of the VADC, there is now an opportunity for VAHI to work with the Department and selected alcohol and other drug treatment service providers to review stakeholder reporting requirements.
We expect that development of the VADC will lead to services and the Department being able to:
- measure client outcomes that arise from treatment
- give services a picture of how they are doing in comparison to the rest of the state
- develop clearer profiles of services and clients, which will assist in service planning.
Initial work on the review of requirements will commence soon. If you have any queries or comments, please contact Daniel Mendoza, Manager, Quality, Safety & Community Systems Reporting, at firstname.lastname@example.org.