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VAADA Annual Report 2022
The past year has brought many challenges to Victoria’s alcohol and drug (AOD) sector. At VAADA we have dealt with a range of issues spanning Covid-19, mental health reform, workforce development, program development and increasing community demand for services. This year’s annual report provides an insight into some of this activity. Over the past...
Victorian Eating Disorder Strategy – VAADA submission
Introduction The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcome the opportunity to comment on the development of a new Eating Disorders Strategy in Victoria. As is recognised in the discussion paper, and further through this document, there is a strong correlation between substance use, abuse and dependence, disordered eating behaviours and eating disorders. The...
Managers and Leaders Capability Training information session
Pursuant to collaborative work with the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) in NSW and a jointly commissioned Workforce study undertaken by Curtin University during 2021, VAADA is seeking to commission some local leadership training for the Victorian AOD sector.
Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Service Framework: Summary and reflections from an AOD perspective
1. About VAADA VAADA is a non-government peak organisation representing Victoria’s publicly-funded alcohol and other drug (AOD) services. VAADA aims to support and promote strategies that prevent and reduce the harms associated with AOD use across the Victorian community. VAADA’s purpose is to lead AOD policy, workforce development and public discussion across membership, related...
Greens announcement for additional AOD capacity and drug law reform most welcome
Press release 12/10/2022 Greens announcement for additional AOD capacity and drug law reform most welcome   The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcomes the AOD policies announced by the Greens on 10 October. These policies will lead to: The initial decriminalisation of all drugs (1 January 2023); The regulation of cannabis (1...
World Mental Health Day 10th October 2022 – “Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for all a global priority”
World Mental Health Day 10th October 2022 “Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for all a global priority” On this World Mental Health Day, VAADA wish to acknowledge the many individuals that experience co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns in Victoria and the support of the AOD sector workforce in ensuring that mental health...
Auditor-General identifies necessary changes to drug treatment data system
MEDIA RELEASE 6/10/2022 Auditor-General identifies necessary changes to drug treatment data system The damning findings from the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) report into Victoria’s Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Data will surprise no one in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment sector. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcomes this report...
Submission: Victorian suicide prevention and response strategy
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Suicide Prevention and Response Strategy. The strategy, along with the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-2025, can provide a means of fostering social conditions that protect against suicide, identifying and mitigating risk factors for suicide, and acute and targeted support and...
The 2022 Revision of the MH Act: Perspective from the AOD sector through an integrated treatment lens
This Issues Paper offers reflections, from an AOD perspective, on the revised Mental Health Bill, to generate thinking, discussion and space for advocacy. We welcome any thoughts, concerns, or differences of opinion on the issues raised and value contributions from all. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System found that the existing Mental...
Coronial death toll drops but so much more to be done
MEDIA RELEASE 30/8/2022 Coronial death toll drops but so much more to be done 2021 fatal overdose data released The Coroners Court of Victoria today released the 2021 fatal overdose data which shows a reduction in fatal overdose from 536 (2020) to 500 (2021). The release of this data is timely with International...