Consumer participation in developing a model of best-practice in the youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment sector

With the Victorian Adult Alcohol and other drug sector currently in major reform, the reform of the youth specific AOD treatment sector will soon follow. To ensure that young people are able to contribute to this, YSAS are co-ordinating  a project that aims to document the views of young people who have accessed AOD treatment to establish the consumer perspective on what works and what does not in clinical service provision. The aims are:

1) To collect and document consumer perspectives of youth AOD treatment

2) To facilitate dissemination of the consumer views to inform the sector reform

The research will use focus groups and interviews as the primary methods of data collection to understand how young people experience services and what meaning they attribute to them. The research seeks to systematically collect rich and nuanced narratives of what works for young people so as not to misunderstand their needs and to ensure that their views are accurately conveyed.

Expect more news on this soon!