Coronavirus news and resources for managers and leaders
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Evaluating service changes due to COVID-19 4 June 2020, 10:30 am–11:30 am COVID-19 has forced dramatic changes in the delivery of mental health and AOD services. To better understand the impact of these changes on service delivery, client outcomes and experience, it is important that services systematically document and assess what has happened and why.
This webinar will present an impact framework that can be used to measure the impact of these changes and will demonstrate ways to use currently collected data to measure changes in service delivery.
It is entirely plausible that services in the mental health and AOD sectors will implement some of the changes due to COVID-19 on a more permanent basis. Services need to articulate why changes have been kept and what impact they are likely to have on clients in the future.
The webinar will be presented by Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Deputy Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Register now
COVID-19 checklist for AOD services [DOCX] It is important that all AOD services prioritise the development of a preparedness plan for how you will respond to service disruption caused by COVID-19. The Ministry has prepared a checklist highlighting important considerations for your service in developing this plan. If you need support, please contact your contract manager directly, or email the AOD branch using the safety and quality email address.
As a direct client service provider, you should be implementing infection prevention and control measures. There are resources available about 2019-nCoV and about how to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
From the NSW Government: Please visit the NSW Health 2019-nCoV home page first for all queries (available in English, Chinese simplified and traditional).