20 years of collaboration on the delivery of a AOD focused Primary Health Care Service: The Salvation Army’s Access Health Program

TSA’s Access Health delivers Primary Health Care Services under the Victorian State Government Local Drug Initiative. Operating for 20 years, Access Health offers a prime example of the positive outcomes that can be achieved for people with co-occurring conditions when collaboration between AOD, mental health, allied health and general practice works well. A partnership between 6 health providers, Access Health, provides a one-stop-shop for accessible, non-judgemental, timely and evidence-based care, including ORT, NSP, GPs, psychology, psychiatry, allied health, dental, AOD counselling, groups, First Nations health care and community activities.
This presentation will deliver on key learnings of a well-established AOD harm reduction and primary health care service hub, including what collaboration looks like; how to develop a shared purpose across organisations and the positive outcomes experienced by service users when we all work together.

Presenter

Bec Thatcher, Program Manager, The Salvation Army

Bec is a Social Worker who has worked in harm reduction, homelessness and primary health care settings. Bec has been the Program Manager of Access Health: Primary Health Care and the St Kilda 24/7 NSP for the past 10 years and is driven by her passion for a human rights approach to health and wellbeing system design and delivery.