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Alcohol and domestic violence - shared models of care

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Dr Dennis Young AM
GPO Box 590

Total Signatures - 116

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 26/03/2018

Closing Date: 13/05/2018

Tabled Date: 15/05/2018

Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 14/06/2018

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House to the link between alcohol and severity of domestic violence in this State.

Shared models of care can overcome barriers to sectors working together so that families affected by violence, child maltreatment and neglect can benefit from better outcomes. They enable systems to better understand the needs of their clients, improve service coordination and provide a no-wrong-door approach to service delivery. Yet in Queensland, shared models of care are rare within the family violence and alcohol and other drug sectors. A lack of knowledge and training mean that staff do not have the confidence to ask questions about areas outside of their areas of expertise and are reluctant to deal with other issues. Shared models of care between the alcohol and other drug and family violence sectors will better address the interrelated and complex needs of clients and their families.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to prioritise funding for shared models of care between alcohol services and domestic and family violence services. We ask the House to specifically prioritise funding to develop shared models of care between alcohol services in the alcohol and other drugs sector and those in the family violence sector to better integrate services and enhance outcomes.