ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Catchment Based Planning


Welcome to the North & West AOD Partnership Catchment Based Planning page.
This page provides links to a number of useful resources for AOD services and other service providers working across the North & West metro regions of Melbourne.

2015 Catchment Based Plan – North & West Metro

This document details the North & West Metro Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Service’s 2015 catchment plan for the four catchments of: South West Melbourne, North West Melbourne, North Melbourne, and Inner North Melbourne.  This is a living document, reflective of the ongoing planning process occurring within these catchments.  Annual review documents will be submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which will take into account new data releases and the outcomes of ongoing consultation.
It outlines our approach to catchment based planning in the area, including process, governance, data analysis and consultation.  It also talks to the policy context and relationships with other sectors.
This document has been endorsed by all the AOD Service Providers in the North & West Metro Region.

What is Catchment Based Planning?

Catchment Based Planning (CBP) is a systematic way to understand our local communities and what services they require. Catchment planners are based locally and are working to understand the AOD service needs of our catchments; to ensure that AOD treatment services are:

  • In the right locations
  • Delivering the right mix of services
  • Coordinated effectively with the other services that our clients need


CBP is a new function for the AOD treatment sector, coming out of the recent sector reform in Victoria, it is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the value of local level planning in ensuring that services are tailored to local community need.

The first AOD catchment based plans were submitted in December 2015, and will be reviewed annually.
The second AOD catchment based plan will be uploaded to this website once it is approved by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services, in early 2017.

Please direct any enquiries to:

Louise Richardson, Health Service Planner
North & West AOD Partnership
Odyssey House Victoria / UnitingCare ReGen
e: lrichardson@odyssey.org.au
p: 0437 503 870

Other resources

Local Government Area Summaries

These summaries are a short, usable snapshot of measures and trends relevant to an AOD and Mental Health planning discussion in the local populations.
They summarise demographic, socio-economic and health-related data for each of the 14 Local Government Areas in the North Western Metropolitan Region. They predominantly use publicly available data viewed through an alcohol and other drug or mental health lens.

How does catchment based planning work?

Victoria has been split into 16 different catchments, with different organisations allocated the planning function for different areas.
The Odyssey House Victoria / Uniting Care ReGen partnership is delivering the planning function for the 4 catchments of the South West, North West, North & Inner North areas of Melbourne.
In the North & West AOD Partnership we are:

Analysing data, including:

  • Demographic data – tells us who lives in our catchments, and what their needs are
  • Client profile data – tells us who is using AOD services in our areas
  • Service delivery data – tells us what services we currently deliver and to whom


Consulting extensively, with:

  • Local service providers
  • Wider regional stakeholders, including other planners
  • Client, family and carer groups


Service mapping

  • Creating a comprehensive picture of service locations, referral pathways, service entry points, workforce supply, transport routes, accessibility, cultural appropriateness and so on.

DHHS has established a similar function in the Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) sector. We are working closely with cohealth who are responsible for the catchment based planning function for MHCSS across the same four Melbourne catchments.
We are also collaborating with other planning functions across the broader human services sector.