NADA Practice Resource: Working with Women Engaged in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment

“Improving service provision to women means acknowledging their unique experiences and perspectives, enhancing the best practice approaches AOD treatment services already have in place or adopting philosophical perspectives that give a greater voice to the needs of women.”

This new NADA resource is a practical guide to supporting workers and organisations to provide best practice interventions for women accessing AOD treatment. This includes effective organisational change, becoming a gender responsive service, supporting family inclusiveness and providing trauma informed care.

What is in the resource?

The resource provides a range of information to support you in your work including:

  • Women in AOD treatment settings
  • Creating an enabling environment for women in AOD treatment
  • Improving access and retention for  women from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Pregnancy, parenting and AOD
  • Developing and strengthening partnerships
  • Organisational change and self-care
  • Useful resources

Download a copy of the resource here

Contact Ciara at NADA for more information or to request a hardcopy (a limited number of copies are available for distribution).




2015 National Cannabis Conference



You are invited to attend the 2015 National Cannabis Conference, which will take place on 7 to 9 October, at the Rydges Hotel, Melbourne.

In addition to workshops on 7 October, the following two days will feature keynote speakers from around the world, including Professor Marilyn Huestis (Chief, Chemistry and Drug Metabolism, NIDA), Professor Kevin Sabet (former adviser to three US presidential administrators), Professor Jose Crippa (CBD expert), Professor Nadia Solowij, Professor Olaf Drummer, Dr Matthew Large, Professor Murat Yucel and our own Professor Jan Copeland. The event will include the latest research on emerging areas, and papers on various perspectives of cannabis legalisation policy, including those from Professor David Penington and the founder of Nimbin’s Hemp Embassy, Mr Bob Hopkins.

The conference will cover areas including cannabis use interventions, road safety issues, prevention approaches, synthetic cannabinoids, approaches to cannabis and comorbid health conditions, and approaches among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Spaces are limited, so please secure your place quickly. #cannabisconference2015

To view the full program, click here.

To see speaker profiles, click here.



Listening to the needs of AOD Workers: Have your say

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University is conducting a survey on the needs of AOD workers in relation to working with clients who use methamphetamines.

Please see information below:

The survey aims to:

  • Explore the views and experiences of alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers about the challenges of working with methamphetamine clients
  • Gauge the professional development needs of AOD workers in identifying and responding to methamphetamine-related issues
  • Identify appropriate professional development support strategies to enhance the skills of AOD workers in responding to methamphetamine users.

We want to hear your views and experiences of dealing with methamphetamine-related issues in AOD service settings by asking you to complete a brief online survey.

The survey will help to identify your professional development needs and can be accessed from

It should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The closing date for completing the survey is 5-00 pm Friday 31 July, 2015.

This project is being undertaken in collaboration with each of the state and territory peak AOD non-government organisation bodies. The results will be used to identify and improve the provision of professional development support strategies for AOD workers about the effects of methamphetamine, and working with methamphetamine clients.

Please direct any enquiries to Allan Trifonoff, Deputy Director (Programs), NCETA on 08 8201 7511 or via email


Tackling Methamphetamine | Prevention, Treatment & Support

The use of Methamphetamine or ‘ice’ is a growing and serious problem.  This conference will look beyond the headlines and the hype to the real problem and how we can best tackle it. While law enforcement plays a vital role, this conference will focus on the other vital areas of prevention, treatment and support (including support for families). It will do this through a series of presentations from experts in the field and those organisations making good progress.  Please note that, while this conference focuses on methamphetamine, lessons are transferable to alcohol and  other drugs. Attend this conference to gain strategies for:

  • Improving treatment & support
  • Improving prevention
  • Better supporting frontline workers
  • Getting an update on government initiatives
  • Download the agenda here

Hear key contributions from

  • Dr Alex Wodak, President, Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation
  • Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Chief Addiction Specialist, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Gerard Byrne, Director, Clinical Recovery Services, Salvation Army
  • Melanie Raymond, Chair, Youth Projects & Victorian Ice Taskforce
  • Nathan Barrett MLA, Member of Parliament, Northern Territory Government
  • + many more!

For more information or to register contact Criterion Conferences on +61 2 9239 5700, visit or email tm

Case Managing in non-government AOD Services; a practical toolkit

AADANT is pleased to officially launch the new toolkit to enhance the practice of case management in the NT AOD Sector.

Through consultation with the NT AOD Sector in the development of this toolkit, a significant proportion of responses identified that the primary challenges they face when providing case management services to clients included inconsistency in approaches to practice across organisations, such as the use of assessment tools, referral pathways and follow-up, the sharing of client information and co-management communication mechanisms. This toolkit was designed to alleviate some of these challenges by providing services with a suite of core-practice documents which have been modelled from best practice and validated stimulus from the local, national and international AOD platforms. The toolkit aims to enhance the practice of case management in the NT non-Government AOD Sector by providing more consistency in regards to processes, collaborative practices, skills and knowledge in the substance misuse field.

Access the toolkit here

If you would like to organise for support in the implementation of the toolkit for your teams, please contact Miranda Halliday, Program Manager