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Stronger Links Project (AOD & Mental Health)

Following on from three years of work under the Improved Services for People with Drug and Alcohol Problems and Mental Illness Initiative, Cross Sectorial Support And Strategic Partnerships Project NTCOSS was funded in July 2013 to deliver sector-wide capacity building activities under the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund (SMSDGF).  This work is known as the NTCOSS Stronger Links Project.

NTCOSS consulted to gain a clear understanding of needs in the sector,with most not for profit community sector organisation  listing concerns about workforce sustainability, adequate funding levels, models of funding,  implementation of continuous quality improvement and building linkages and partnerships across the NT with other community service providers and government.

The Stronger Links Project is working to connect organisation and agencies that provide a wide variety of support service such as alcohol and other drugs, mental health, homelessness, family, women and children and to building strong, sustainable service delivery organisations that provide quality services by:

  • disseminating information;
  • facilitating networks;
  • delivering professional development opportunities;
  • reviewing and update the AOD and Mental Health Directory;
  • providing a wide range or resources.

The Stronger Links Project compliments  other sector development work and NTCOSS is fully committed to continuing to provide opportunities for networking and collaboration, providing consultancy and brokerage, disseminate relevant information, and provide professional development opportunities that assist and develop services individually and the sector as a whole.  All activities carried out as part of the Stronger Links Project address a distinct need in the Northern Territory and within the health and community services sector.

Previous Events

Darwin 19th November 2015. Impact of methamphetamine (ice) on Non-Government service delivery organisations in Darwin and Palmerston. It was identified at a recent Chief Ministers NGO Sector meeting that many organisations, other than those providing direct AOD services, are dealing with matters related to people who may be affected by methamphetamine.  On request, NTCOSS facilitated an information session and open discussion for NGO services in Darwin and Palmerston to:
-Examine and discuss current issues related to impacts of methamphetamine on service delivery;
-Provide information on current appropriate NTG and NGO supports and responses and
-Facilitate a discussion on organisational need and how best to meet gaps. Presentation at this meeting below:

Dr Christine Watson – Working With Methamphetamine using clients, presentation

NTCOSS Conference ‘Tough Times, Hard Decisions, Strong Sector’ 3/4 June 2015  Alice Springs NT
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) & Health Promotion

FASD Presentation Nancy Poole

NDIS rollout in APY Lands NDS presentation

Making the Connections – NDIS and Psychosocial Disability in the NT

NDIS Learning from the UK Experience

NDIS (NT) & Mental Health – Archie Baker

NDIS & Mental Health:The National Picture

AOD & Mental Health Information & Network Event

A New Service Framework for Health Service in the Northern Territory

NT Medicare Local

Alcohol Mandatory Treatment

Northern Territory Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Services Directory 

For your hard copy call NTCOSS on 08 8948 2665 or click here for an electronic copy.

Useful Links

Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT)

National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Committee