For best practices in service delivery adaptations during COVID-19, the NPLG recommended:
Clients have different circumstances in their home life so being mindful of where the client is at (physically, mentally and emotionally) is important when doing phone support
It’s important to stress that both worker and client need to have a safe space to talk to one another, ensure that workers are practicing
confidentiality in their home environments
Keep yourself informed
The best tool workers can equip themselves with is being well-informed and updated on COVID-19; many clients look to workers to provide comfort in this regard.
Previously in March, representatives from NSW Health, the Department of Social Services and Public Health Networks attended the NPLG’s meeting. The NPLG communicated that they may be consulted in relation to the AOD sector; NADAbase and 10 years’ worth of data to focus on the quality of client and outcomes data; and the NPLG Workplan for 2018-2020, focusing
on consumer engagement, the workforce capability framework, and increasing client access and equity.
Ask the NPLG for advice
Help your service deliver person centred and evidence based practices to improve the wellbeing of clients and their networks of support. Learn about each member, their area of expertise and their interest. Email NPLG@nada.org.au or phone Suzie Hudson on 8113 1309 to ask for support.
Enhancing clinical practice—3 May 2017
Connecting clinical practice leaders in the NSW non government alcohol and other drug sector for the purpose of increasing the capacity of service providers to deliver person centred, evidence based practices to improve the wellbeing of clients and their networks of support.
The NPLG was established in July 2015 and now comprise 11 members representing a variety of specialist non government AOD treatment services. All members are clinical practitioners and considered leaders in the sector as evidenced by their professional backgrounds, accreditation status and clinical experience.
The group meet four times a year and meetings are open to other members/organisations as guest speakers only by invitation.
The overall aim of the NPLG is to inform the development of NADA policy and advocacy, and sector program development in relation to sector clinical and therapeutic practices. It will provide a mechanism to consult with experienced, committed and skilled practitioners to advise NADA and other key stakeholders.