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Improving workplace responses to alcohol and other drug problems

360Edge are experts at responding to alcohol and other drug problems across a range of industry sectors. We believe that reducing alcohol and other drug related harms requires a variety of workplaces to implement best-practice interventions which follow the evidence.

Our workplace advisory services, can be divided into the following industry sectors:

  • Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Education
  • Corporate

Improving justice responses to alcohol and other drug issues

360Edge are leading experts in evidence-based therapeutic interventions for people encountering the criminal justice system.

Our team combines expertise in alcohol and other drug policy, program design and treatment responses with specialist expertise in forensic treatment and therapeutic jurisprudence.

We can assist courts, corrections and treatment providers provide the best-practice response to people encountering the criminal justice system, ensuring both good therapeutic outcomes for clients and the protection of the community through effectively tackling underlying causes of recidivism.

Helping courts reunite families

The Judicial College of Victoria in collaboration with the Family Drug Treatment Court approached 360Edge to assist with identifying and documenting principles of practice.

A recent evaluation had identified a gap in a well-articulated model of care for the service. 360Edge had the opportunity to engage in a co-design process to articulate and document a model of care.

Our work involved a brief evidence review and the development of a background discussion paper which provided a strong base for the two co-design sessions that took place in 2020.

The first session led to the development of a practice document encompassing therapeutic principles and values and comparing these to the pre-existing procedures, with the aim of refining it into a formalised model of care. The second and final session involved refining the model and finalising it.

We synthesised a document outlining an improved model of care and practice principles through evidence-based research and collaborative results of two successfully run codesign workshops.

What Works: Alcohol and Other Drug Interventions In Prisons

People with alcohol and other drug problems are over-represented in the criminal justice system and prisons provide a unique opportunity to address these problems.

In this evidence-led report, we outline ‘what works’ in relation to alcohol and other drug treatment within a prison context.

Improving responses to co-morbidity

There is a high co-occurrence of alcohol and other drug use and mental health problems in the Australian community, which is amplified in both treatment sectors.

360Edge is dedicated to improving responses to alcohol and other drug problems within the mental health sector, with a particular focus in ensuring people do not fall through the gaps in the health service system when their specific combination of needs cannot be met.

Responding to co-morbidity of alcohol and other drug use and mental health problems is best solved through a holistic treatment model, focused on  understanding the service user’s needs and wants and offering responses that address all of those needs and wants. It means working collaboratively in partnership with other agencies. It means building capacity and capability within all of our health and social services to respond in this way and, where indicated, being able to provide coordinated care.

360Edge can assist mental health services responded to the call to more effectively tackle alcohol and other drug use issues within their practice, whilst also ensuring services maintain their specialisation and unique approach to service use needs.

Informing the sector on comorbidity

In 2019, 360Edge developed 7 modules and an accompanying facilitators manual to provide a comprehensive outlook into comorbidity, its application in MI and CBT and managing common health problems in AOD.

In 2021, we were engaged by Australian Government Department of Health and the Matilda Centre for the Comorbidity Guidelines Project to develop face-to-face training based on the Comorbidity Guidelines.

We undertook a revision of the previously completed 7 training modules & materials to accommodate to the needs of the clients. This process provided the basis for preparation, review and delivery of  additional trainer online workshops.

The developed modules covered screening and assessment, motivational enhancement and cognitive and behaviour approaches to comorbidity, and tailored responses to mood disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The workshop provided the ability to recognise and understand common mental health symptoms as well as undertake a thorough comorbidity assessment. The participants were able to apply a range of alcohol and other drug treatments to therapeutically address the challenges while working with clients experiencing co-occurring mental health symptoms.

Exploring the place of alcohol and other drug services in the mental health system

360Edge’s report Exploring the place of alcohol and other drug services in the mental health system outlines:

  • Current health service gaps in relation to complex or ‘co-morbid’ clients experiencing both alcohol and other drug and mental health issues.
  • The current issues in integrating AOD and mental health sectors at a system, service and treatment level.
  • Alternative models for responding to co-morbidity whilst maintaining seperate specialisations.

This report is part of 360Edge’s ongoing work supporting health service improvement and a well-trained and responsive alcohol and other drug sector.

Improving school-based drug education

School-based drug education has changed significantly in the last decade. Programs we thought worked have been shown to be ineffective or worse increase interest in drugs.

360Edge can assist schools follow best-practice when it comes to primary prevention and harm reduction for school-aged children and teenagers who may be using alcohol and other drugs.

We can assist in:

  • Evaluating current school-based alcohol and drug policies and education programs against best-practice.
  • Providing workforce development for teachers and other education staff on evidence-based alcohol and other drug responses.
  • Providing parent information sessions, to ensure both parents and teachers are on the same page in regard to alcohol and other drug use.

Teacher training in alcohol and other drugs

Drug trends

Drug trends come and go. Ensure your school's teachers, pastoral care and health professionals stay up to date with the latest in drug use trends and what works in school based prevention.

Communicating about alcohol and other drugs

Learn how to talk to kids about alcohol and other drugs and other sensitive topics so they really listen. Our best practice communication strategies, based on Motivational Interviewing, improve motivation and cooperation.

Alcohol and other drug education

Professional development for decision makers to assist you in identifying the most effective drug education program for your school.

Improving workplace health and safety

Most people who use alcohol and other drugs are employed. A fact no workplace can afford to ignore.

While very few people use alcohol or other drugs at work, their effects can directly affect workplace culture, safety and productivity.

360Edge’s corporate WorkWell  program is specifically designed to address alcohol and other drugs issues, and related mental health needs, in the workplace.

Our best practice policy program ensures that your organisation complies with its legal and duty of care obligations, while promoting a workplace culture that values the safety and wellbeing of all.

Our Rapid Review service involves a fast and effective assessment of your current workplace policies and programs using our scientifically informed measurement and review system.

Our Policy Development and Implementation service provides an all-inclusive, comprehensive package to:

  • Review your existing policies;
  • Customise and deliver a state of the art drug and alcohol policy backed by the latest evidence and legal review;
  • Provide resources and full support during implementation; and
  • Evaluate at 6 months following implementation to ensure everything is on track.

Our Expert Support program can help with:

  • Responding to alcohol and other drug issues which impact productivity and workplace safety.
  • Designing effective employee assistance programs and referrals for alcohol and other drug problems.
  • Implementing effective programs and policies which shift problematic workplace cultures in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Workforce training and development on alcohol and other drug matters.
  • Managerial training on effective behaviour change through our evidence-based Moventium team motivation training.

Moventium™: The science of team motivation

Moventium is a leading edge management program designed to equip today’s leaders with simple, practical and proven tactical tools for motivating teams and dealing with people that are resistant to change.

Using the science of motivation, we’ll show you how easy it is to influence your team and clients so that they eagerly embrace change and new ideas.

Taking a different approach to change, Moventium focuses on immediate results, without needing to wait years for cultural change to take hold in the workplace. This results in a rapid improvement to team creativity, productivity and engagement.

The Moventium methodology is easy to understand and is based on more than 25 years of scientific research with people struggle with drug use.

People don’t mind change but they don’t like to be changed.

Whether you are introducing new policies, team structures or workflows, learn how to get change easily and quickly.

  • Understand the real reasons people change
  • Discover what motivates your team (it’s not what you think)
  • Learn simple strategies to motivate your team
  • See real improvement immediately with proven strategies

Ready to get some Moventium in your team? Contact us for more information about how Moventium can accelerate change in your team.

City of Greater Dandenong

360Edge were engaged by COGD to undertake a rapid review of our policy in relation to drug and alcohol in the workplace. The process provided a foundation for the update of our approach to manage issues concerning alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

This includes our commitment to assisting those affected by substance abuse whilst providing an acceptable benchmark for all staff especially those in high-risk occupations. We now have a clear plan to provide the appropriate support mechanisms for those affected by drug and alcohol abuse and also educating our staff by creating a greater awareness of the harmful impact of substance abuse.

The benefit of the rapid review approach was that 360Edge interviewed all stakeholders who were impacted by the future change to our policy and this tailored response with a comprehensive report provided a foundation for the future change in policy direction.

Matt Coughlan, City of Greater Dandenong