Below is a selection of state wide and national links to AOD related peak bodies, service providers, relevant websites, research institutes and Victorian and Commonwealth Departments of Health. The list is by no means exhaustive and is provided in order to promote access to further information on alcohol and other drugs and related issues.
Alcohol and other drugs
The Department of Health’s alcohol and drug pages contain information about treatment, services and other resources on AOD.
APSU is a Victorian consumer representative body of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre. APSU believes that people who use drug and alcohol services have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Directline provides state-wide alcohol and other drug counselling, information and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Directline also provides the location and contact details for your nearest alcohol and drug service provider.
Fitzroy Legal Service is proud to announce the updated Services Directory for Drug and Alcohol Users: is now online.
Family Drug Help provides peer support and access to reliable information about alcohol and other drugs as well as available treatment options for families and friends of a person misusing substances.
Harm Reduction Victoria is a peer-based organisation concerned with the use of illicit drugs.
Hepatitis Victoria is the peak not-for-profit community organisation working across the state for people affected by or at risk of viral hepatitis.
Ngwala is a community organisation that is dedicated to delivering quality specialist alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation and outreach support services to meet the needs of the Aboriginal community in Victoria.
SMART Recovery Australia SMART Recovery is an evidence-based program for any addiction or problematic behaviour (alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, etc.). There are almost 200 free SMART Recovery meetings taking place across Australia every week. Find your nearest meeting here:
VACCHO is Victoria’s peak representative Aboriginal health body and champions community control and health equality for Aboriginal communities.
The Department of Health’s Mental Health, Drugs and Regions is responsible for mental health and drugs policy, planning, strategy and programs that deliver prevention, early intervention, treatment and support to Victorians experiencing mental health or substance misuse issues, and their carers or other family members.
YSAS is a state-wide community service which offers a range of services, including a 24 hour telephone contact line providing advice and information to young people, their friends, families and carers.
The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Substance Use and Mental Health Resource (CALDSHUMHR) is a website providing general information about the effects of various substance on mental health in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Turkish and Arabic. A free, interactive smart phone application (Mind + Drug Interpreter) is also available. Click here to download.
The Department of Health’s mental health pages contain information about treatment, services and other resources on mental health.
Orygen Youth Health (OYH) is a world-leading youth mental health organisation based in Melbourne.
Funded in 2001 by the Victorian Department of Health, the VDDI works across clinical mental health, psychiatric disability and rehabilitation support services (PDRSS) and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, building capacity to respond to people with a dual diagnosis.
The VTMH is a statewide unit which supports area mental health and psychiatric disability support services in working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) consumers and carers throughout Victoria.
Allied Health and Welfare
State-wide and after hours confidential telephone counselling services for victims/survivors of both past and recent assault.
Free local call, but charges apply to mobile phones. Callers can request the counsellor to call them back.
State-wide service in Melbourne providing initial support, information and referral for people who have experienced family violence.
Provide housing and support services across Melbourne.
Links to websites providing information for people experiencing homelessness, and the Victorian Homelessness Action Plan 2011 – 2015 (Department of Human Services Victoria)
Provides a free 24 hour free crisis telephone contact service, emergency accommodation and general support services.
Victorian Cross Sectorial Peak Bodies
This is the peak body for the child and family services sector.
GPV is a state level organisation working with Medicare Locals and Divisions of General Practice to better integrate general practice, other primary health care providers and the broader state health system to meet the healthcare needs of the Victorian community.
VICSERV is the peak body representing community managed mental health services in Victoria.
Victorian CASA Forum is the peak body of the 15 Centres Against Sexual Assault and the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (after hours).
Alcohol and other drugs
ADCA is the peak, national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and other drug sector.
The Australian Drug Foundation is one of Australia’s leading bodies committed to preventing alcohol and other drug problems in communities around the nation.
ADIN is Australia’s leading alcohol and drug search directory.
AIHW is Australia’s national agency for health and welfare statistics and information.
The ANCD is the principal advisory body to Government on drug policy and plays a critical role in ensuring the voice of the community is heard in relation to drug related policies and strategies.
The Chapter provides a collegiate home for Addiction Medicine specialists who provide medical care for patients with a wide range of addiction disorders from drug and alcohol, to pharmaceutical dependency.
APSAD is the Asia Pacific’s leading multidisciplinary organisation for professionals involved in the alcohol and other drug field.
DoHA aims to achieve better health and active ageing for all Australians by strengthening evidence-based policy advising, improving program management, research, regulation and partnerships with other government agencies, consumers and stakeholders.
Counselling Online is a free counselling service for people concerned about an alcohol or drug related issue using text-interaction.
DrugInfo Clearinghouse is a program of the Australian Drug Foundation. It provides easy access to information about alcohol and other drugs, and drug prevention.
FaHCSIA is responsible for social policies and support affecting Australian society and the living standards of Australian families.
FARE is an independent charitable organisation working to prevent the harmful use of alcohol in Australia.
Hello Sunday Morning is a program that helps everyday people take a break from drinking and improve their relationship with alcohol. The website offers a way for you to sign up and take a period of time from drinking, achieve some goals and get some perspective on why and how you would like to drink. Each one of your stories is an essential contribution to a better drinking culture.
Hepatitis Australia believes national leadership, advocacy, and strong partnerships will ensure effective action on hepatitis B and hepatitis C to meet the needs of all Australians.
Infoxchange Australia is a not-for-profit community organisation that delivers technology for social justice.
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
NACCHO is the national peak body representing over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues.
NCPIC was established in response to community concerns about cannabis use and its aim is to reduce the use of cannabis in Australia by preventing uptake and providing the community with evidence-based information and interventions.
The NDS, a cooperative venture between Australian, state and territory governments and the non-government sector, is aimed at improving health, social and economic outcomes for Australians by preventing the uptake of harmful drug use and reducing the harmful effects of licit and illicit drugs in our society.
The National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 specifically aims to reduce young Australians’ motivation to use illicit drugs by increasing their knowledge about the potential negative consequences of drug use.
beyondblue is a national, independent; not-for-profit organisation that works to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.
Dual Diagnosis Australia and New Zealand is an online community of people interested in contributing to better outcomes for persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. With centres all around Australia, headspace can help with general health, mental health and counselling, education, employment and other services, alcohol and other drug services.
ARAFMI Australia’s mission is to represent at national level the interests of ARAFMI groups throughout Australia and the needs and concerns of their constituency – families and others voluntarily caring for people with mental illness.
MHCC is working for mental health by supporting community based organisations to deliver appropriate services to people with mental health issues.
MHCA is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.
MHIMA provides national leadership in building greater awareness of mental health and suicide prevention amongst Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Reach Out is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service.
RANZCP is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists and other specialists in the treatment of mental illness in Australia and New Zealand.
SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research.
CAMH is one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.
The EMCDDA is the hub of drug-related information in the European Union.
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, with a number of resources on mental health and substance use.
Established in 1997, UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime.
Platform is a national mental health and addiction network of community organisations and others that believe the recovery of individuals depends on an evolving and transforming mental health and addictions service system.
Te Pou works to support and develop the mental health, addiction and disability workforces in New Zealand.
Drug and Alcohol Findings bridges the divide between UK-relevant research on the effectiveness of responses to drug and alcohol problems and the practitioners who provide those interventions.
FEAD is an educational resource containing video discussions based on current drug and alcohol issues.
Public Health England provides high quality information and intelligence about drugs and alcohol.
Well Scotland is the national mental health improvement website for Scotland.
United States of America
NIDA’s mission is to lead the US in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
SAMHSA’s resources on co-occurring disorders.
State and Territory AOD Peak Bodies
National AOD and MH Research