VAADA is well-positioned to work with Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to support PHN-commissioned AOD treatment services by providing a range of workforce development and capacity building initiatives.

VAADA is presently working with the Murray PHN and North West Melbourne PHN


Murray PHN

The Murray PHN commissioned VAADA in 2019 to implement and oversee an AOD Community of Practice (COP) to service the region.  Since then, VAADA has worked with staff and services in the region to build workforce capacity.  VAADA continues to partner with the Murray PHN to support building a skilled AOD workforce in the region.  As part of the latest iteration of the project, VAADA will host four regional forums and coordinate training opportunities.  These will provide regional services with the opportunity to hear informative presentations, connect with AOD and allied services, share practice wisdom, and strengthen relationships.


North West Melbourne PHN

The goals of the North West Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) Workforce Development project are to increase the overall effectiveness of client care by enhancing the capacity of the AOD workforce in the NWMPHN funded region through workforce development and sustainability initiatives. The project encompasses a range of activities as follows:

  • To develop an advanced understanding of the workforce needs of the AOD sector across the north west through a needs assessment process which considers the training, mentoring and clinical supervision needs of the AOD workforce in the NWMPHN region. This process has a multiple data source methodology including qualitative input through key stakeholder consults and mining and extracting region specific data from workforce studies
  • To coordinate and facilitate network events and communities of practice granting participants from the NWMPHN region the opportunity to explore learnings, opportunities and challenges, as well as deepening knowledge, refining skills and nuancing client care
  • To identify key skills gaps as informed by workforce needs assessment and coordinate skills based training events to close those gaps for NWMPHN region workers. A crucial element of this is in supporting individuals to translate skill development gained in training to enhance workplace practice and by doing so, promote organisational capacity building and support retention of qualified staff
  • To develop and deliver a multi-modal promotion campaign with a NWMPHN focus and flavour, to recruit people to working in the AOD sector

For more information contact:

Scott Drummond
Ph: 03 9412 5601