Every piece of the puzzle – a collaborative holistic approach to AOD treatment

The Goulburn Valley Alcohol and other Drug Service (GVADS) Specialist Addictions Clinic was established to increase accessibility to Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services by utilising integrated models of care that addresses complexity, creates strong partnerships and increases workforce capacity.

The GVADS Specialist Addictions Clinic provides a specialised multidisciplinary approach to client care for people with co-existing substance use and mental health issues. The GVADS team uses a collaborative holistic approach to assist clients to achieve their goals and reduce the harms associated with AOD use.

GVADS Specialist Addiction Clinic provides a unique service to the Goulburn Valley/Hume catchment area of Victoria, incorporating the expert knowledge and experience of an Addiction Medicine Specialist, Mental Health Registrar, AOD Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Nurse, AOD Nurses, Social Worker, AOD Counsellors and Practitioners.

Presenters

Cheryl Sobczyk, Program Manager, Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service (GVADS)

Cheryl Sobczyk has worked in regional Victoria as an AOD clinician for more than 25 years, principally in Bendigo and now in Shepparton. As a registered nurse Cheryl has also worked toward increasing access to training and education, having formerly been on the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce Specialist Workforce Group and the Lead Educator for health and nursing at Bendigo TAFE.

Sharon Clark AOD Trainee, Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service (GVADS)

Sharon grew up in Shepparton. She is a qualified graphic designer and has a freelance graphic design business.  A career change in 2019 led to employment at Goulburn Valley Health where she has worked as an administration and data assistant in Health Information, Mental Health, Public Health and since 2020 with GVADS where she is currently undertaking a 12-month AOD Traineeship.