Tenders are now open with the Department of Health and Human Services for the development and implementation of practice support initiatives for specialist mental health, and alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers.

As part of the Ice Action Plan, the project aims to improve the capability of these workers to provide effective, culturally appropriate and safe services to consumers, carers and families affected by ice.

The project will provide mental health and AOD workers with additional support so they can translate the skills and knowledge they’ve learned from the Standard Frontline Worker Ice Training into everyday practice.

A suite of practice support initiatives will be rolled out, including clinical supervision, that will best meet the different needs of the mental health and AOD workers and maximise their capacity to respond to ice users.

The project will also provide hands-on practical advice and support directly to organisations to ensure that these initiatives are embedded into their workforce development plans, and promote practice change and sustainability.

The development of these practice support initiatives build on some important work already taking place to provide targeted clinical supervision training to new and existing clinical supervisors in AOD and mental health community support services, focusing on their experiences working with ice users.

Rollout of the suite of practice support initiatives outlined in the tender are expected to begin in early 2016.

Organisations interested in submitting a response to the tender should visit the Victorian Government tenders website for more information.