Standardised alcohol and other drug (AOD) screening and withdrawal tools are crucial for early prevention, intervention and client/patient safety. Over the past decade, several documents have been produced that synthesise AOD screening and brief intervention assessment tools.
However, there was no online, central location where Australian AOD services could readily access these instruments. There was a need for a specific online collection of commonly used AOD screening and assessment tools, along with a description of each tool’s utility.
Tools mentioned in publicly available Australian government and non-government AOD-related documentation were identified. Documentation included frameworks, reviews, clinical guidelines, policies and websites.
Views on an initial tool list were sought from Australian AOD sector stakeholders. Upon their recomendations, the parameters of the website were expanded.
For each tool, a desktop search was undertaken to ascertain:
For each tool an assessment was made of knowledge gaps and recommendations for future research.
Internet searches were conducted to locate electronic formats of each tool, including home portals, PDFs, Word and online interactive formats and apps. In some circumstances, the original validated tool was not easily located. In such instances, the tool was formatted into a Word file.