ACECHO- AOD Collaborative ECHO

The AOD Collaborative ECHO (ACECHO) partnership involves VAADA, Turning Point, and Goulburn Valley Health. This dedicated ECHO for Victorian AOD state-funded services aims to enhance the capabilities of AOD workers in addressing substance use issues among their clients. The primary objective of these sessions is to foster a community of AOD workers with varying levels of expertise, united by the shared goal of improving the well-being, and achieving positive outcomes, for individuals with problematic substance use.

Conducted under the guidance of Turning Point, each session commences with a presentation delivered by a Turning Point expert or a related professional, focusing on a specific topic. This is followed by an in-depth case consultation, during which attendees have the opportunity to ask questions or offer recommendations based on a case study presented by one of the participants.

ACECHO Timetable 2024 (February – July)


19th June, 2024

“Feeling Down with Downers?” Approaching substance use effects on mood in clinical practice
Presenter – Vicki Phan

Explore the connection between mood, substance use and addiction issues in this presentation. We will consider the challenges when working with these co-occurring presentations and discuss integrated approaches.

Vicky is an Addiction Psychiatrist working at Turning Point Eastern Treatment Services, a lecturer for the Master of Addictive Behaviours course at Monash University and Chair of the RANZCP Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry Victorian Subcommittee. Vicky has worked in AOD and mental health services in both NSW and Victoria, and believes in a holistic and person-centred approach when working with people and their families. Her areas of special interest include mental health comorbidity, harm reduction, pharmacotherapy, training and education.


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Submit a Case Presentation to ACECHO

Case presentations by participating healthcare providers are the cornerstone of the ECHO model. Presentations are always followed by an open Q & A discussion of the case and recommendations by the hub team. To submit a case study, click Go to Form.

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