RAD-FMP: Responding to Alcohol and other Drugs across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula
RAD-FMP is a multi-sector project focused on reducing siloed approaches to alcohol and other drug use (AOD) and seeks to strengthen primary, secondary and tertiary responses to prevention of AOD related-harm.
The catalyst for the RAD-FMP Project was the revitalisation of the Frankston City centre. It was initially tasked with assessing AOD issues impacting the Frankston City Centre and bringing together stakeholders, including all levels of government, community and health services, education providers, academics, police and local businesses.
The RAD-FMP Steering Committee was formed and provides a platform for working together on responses to key issues of concern.
RAD-FMP’s 2016 AOD Situation Assessment identified:
- A need to improve access to Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula; there was poor geographical distribution of MATOD prescribing and dispensing services across the area.
- A need to strengthen prevention of prescription drug-related harm; the majority of drug-related deaths in the FMP involved pharmaceuticals and Frankston LGA had one of the highest incidence of ambulance call outs related to pharmaceutical opioids in the state.
- A need to strengthen engagement with youth not in education or employment; there were geographical pockets with higher numbers of people in this category, indicating a need for targeted strategies to assist them in gaining a foothold in society and reduce their vulnerability to poor health and social outcomes, such as harmful substance use.
In response, FMP-PCP and its RAD-FMP Project Partners are working together on the following initiatives: