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Brisbane South PHN is seeking responses to an Invitation to Tender (ITT) from eligible organisations for the provision of evidence based treatment services for alcohol and other drugs (AOD) as well as system level improvements to the local AOD sector. Services are to commence no later than 31 January 2017, for a period up to 30 June 2018 (18 months), with the possibility of a one year extension depending on a range of variables. The focus of the funding is twofold: Firstly, to ensure that those that are in need of AOD service will have timely access to services that are most appropriate for them, and secondly that the local alcohol and other drugs treatment services sector is well coordinated to deliver appropriate treatment services. Two separate tenders will be released:

1. Brisbane South PHN regional alcohol and other drugs sector collaborative, tasked with the key objectives of:

  • enhance communication, coordination and information sharing amongst AOD service providers as well as the related broader health and social support services
  • strengthen broader cross-sector capability in regards to the appropriate treatment and referral of patients with AOD issues
  • develop and implement a workforce capability improvement plan, and

2. Enhancement of Brisbane South PHN regional methamphetamine, alcohol and other drug treatment services by enabling and leveraging capacity of existing AOD structures and services, with funding specifically allocated for:

  • eliminating waitlists for existing AOD services
  • establishing and or growing sustainable services in particular underserved/high needs areas
  • enhance existing services to manage ongoing/growing demand across Brisbane South PHN.

The direction of Brisbane South PHN funding priorities for AOD services was largely determined through a collaborative consultation methodology with local service providers, peak bodies and health and hospital service representatives. Brisbane South PHN believe that the proposed commissioning approach is the best way to ensure that the local community have increased access to AOD services, and that the sector is better resourced to provide holistic treatment options.

For more information, please access the tender documentation below.

Kind Regards,

Sue Scheinpflug
Chief Executive Officer

Frequently asked questions

Q1. Where do non direct service delivery agencies fit in – particularly those that support families, employment?

A1. BSPHN’s commissioning of services needs to comply with the Department of Health’s requirement to “commission high quality, locally relevant and effective Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services…”. However, BSPHN recognises that complimentary services are key to supporting treatment access and may be included in a submission.  Any tender response needs to be in line with the Eligible Organisations and Assessment Criteria outlined in the Invitations to Tender. As highlighted in both Invitations to Tender, “Applications are welcome from a single organisation or a collaboration of organisations….”


Q2. In relation to the Sector Collaborative Tender Application Form, it looks as though the budget response boxes have been duplicated?

A2. Section 6 Budgets of the Sector Collaborative Tender Application Form allows for 2 separate budget responses:

a)      A 6 month budget (January to June 2017) in relation to one-off establishment costs and sector investments

b)      A 6 month budget (January to June 2017) and a 12 month budget (Financial Year 17/18) to establish and run the BSPHN AOD Collaborative.


Q3. What is the purpose of the AOD Sector Collaborative? Will BSPHN be running it? What is the PHN’s role in the AOD Sector Collaborative?

A3. The AOD Sector Collaborative approach is in direct response to stakeholder feedback and will support the momentum created as part of the consultation process. The PHN will work alongside the Collaborative, but will not be running it. While the Collaborative will not commission services, it will have a role in feeding information back to BSPHN which should inform future commissioning opportunities.

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