A new way of commissioning: a partnership-led approach to blended AOD and mental health

Service delivery models must adapt to the evolving AOD landscape by implementing blended AOD and mental health systems that address complex and co-occurring consumer needs. In 2021, Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) commenced the re-design of its AOD and mental health service delivery models underpinned by a biopsychosocial approach entitled, “Regional Care Partnerships” (RCP). RCP is a place-based, partnership-led model delivering blended care that is tailored to the needs of communities in Western Victoria. The model builds a foundation for ongoing service system integration supported by flexible, combined funding approaches. RCP transforms the Stepped Care model to encompass both AOD and mental health needs, whilst maintaining the independent strengths of each profession. This presentation reflects on key learnings, innovations and challenges that can assist other agencies seeking to implement blended models of care.

Presenters

Jess Franks, Population Health Co-design Consultant, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

A Population Health Co-design Consultant for WVPHN and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Jess is passionate about utilising co-design strategies to ensure the optimal design, implementation and evaluation of place-based health initiatives. Jess’ work focuses on achieving systems integration through person-centered design and community participation.

Jasmine Leigh Program Development Consultant Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Jasmine is a Program Development Consultant in the WVPHN Mental Health team and is passionate about human-centred design, lived experience engagement and system innovation.

Elizabeth Miller, Program Development Consultant, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Liz Miller is a Program Development Consultant working in the Mental Health Team at Western Victoria Primary Health Network. She is passionate about healthcare and system design and improving equity across health programs.

 

Credited Authors

Natalie Haugh, Manager Service Delivery, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Monica Murnane, Manager Mental Health, Western Victoria Primary Health Network