CSRH receives two grants from the NSW Health NGO Evaluation Grant Scheme

7 Jun 2017

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CSRH researchers have secured funding for two separate projects out of the recent NSW Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Non-Government Organisation Evaluation Grants scheme which funded a total of five projects across NSW. We are thrilled by this success, which demonstrates our effective working relationships with our partners in the NGO sector. Keep reading for details about these two projects.

Evaluation of the Ted Noffs Street University Program

Joanne Bryant, Limin Mao, Carla Treloar, Naomi Noffs, Kieran Palmer, Mark Ferry.

Street University is a unique and innovative youth development program for marginalized young people aged 12-25 years, providing a range of creative, life skills and design and technology activities as a way to hook young people into a non-traditional health and welfare setting where they are given the opportunity to take part in drug and alcohol programs and other therapeutic services, vocational and education workshops, and mentoring and bridging programs. The evaluation will look at the impact of the program on substance use and mental health, but also other important personal and social outcomes. The evaluation will identify which program aspects, or combination of program aspects, are most successful in engaging vulnerable young people and promoting the most positive health and social outcomes. A prospective cohort study will be conducted with three contact points over a six month period. A smaller interpretive qualitative component will also contribute to the evaluation findings, and scalability assessment will be conducted. The project is due to begin in mid-late 2017 with a target completion date in 2019.

Supporting best practice for sexual and gender minority AOD clients: Evaluation of ACON’s Substance Support Service

Toby Lea, Loren Brener, Martin Holt, Sarah Lambert, James Gray, Johann Kolstee.

ACON’s Substance Support Service provides individual, outpatient counselling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experiencing problems with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. The service is one of few AOD services in Australia that is specifically designed for LGBTI people. This evaluation will examine the impact of the service on clients’ substance use and psychosocial wellbeing, and whether clients of the service report different treatment outcomes to clients attending mainstream services that are not specifically tailored to LGBTI people. The evaluation will also include in-depth interviews with clients, staff and key stakeholders to explore experiences of treatment, perspectives on the benefits and limitations of the service, and how service delivery may be improved. The findings will identify which types of AOD treatment work best for LGBTI people, improve service delivery at ACON, and promote LGBTI inclusivity in mainstream services. This project will be the first in-depth examination of AOD treatment for LGBTI people in Australia. The project is due to commence in mid-late 2017 with a target completion date in 2019.