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The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) has completed two major initiatives in the area of consumer participation in drug treatment settings. These two initiatives are the Treatment service users (TSU) projects - phases one and two, which were conducted between 2005 and 2010.
The TSU project phase one was a national peer-driven social research initiative undertaken in collaboration with the National Centre in HIV Social Research (NCHSR) which involved a mixed method survey of over 60 drug treatment service providers and approximately 180 treatment service users in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. The services involved were from a variety of treatment settings and funding and geographical contexts. This project revealed a significant level of overall support for the concept of consumer participation in drug treatment settings among both service providers and consumers but major gaps in the levels of communication and engagement necessary to support meaningful involvement of consumers. The project also found many services were already engaged in low level consumer participation activities but supporting the greater involvement of consumers in roles that involved decision making was met with significant resistance from service providers.
Following the publication of the final report for the TSU project phase one in 2008, AIVL was successful in gaining further funding to undertake a second phase of the TSU project aimed at further investigating some of the key findings from the first phase. The TSU project phase two involved a further collaboration between AIVL and the NCHSR to commission and evaluate a series of consumer participation demonstration projects in a variety of drug treatment settings.
The final reports from both phases can be found online.
Abstract adapted from Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
Senior Research and Policy Officer
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The Treatment service users (TSU) projects (phases one and two) were conducted between 2005 and 2010 by the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL). The final reports from both phases summarise the findings of the projects.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract