2024 State Budget Analysis
See VAADA's analysis of the 2024 Victorian State Budget.
State Budget does not address soaring drug treatment waitlists
The 2024/25 Victorian State Budget maintains AOD funding at existing levels, with a 1% increase to $376.3M. This includes $9.7m for the Statewide Action Plan, but excludes a 2nd overdose prevention centre in the CBD. VAADA remains concerned about surging demand for AOD treatment and the sustainability of services.
Drug Checking Principles & Practice: A model for Victoria
This paper presents a preferred model for drug checking in Victoria, providing principles for equitable access, an approach to reducing harms for those intending to use drugs, and the establishment of a real time public alert system that can keep our community safe.
Surge in alcohol related treatment demand needs to be urgently addressed
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) early insights report into alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment has revealed surging demand for AOD treatment in Victoria. The report confirms the Victorian treatment sector’s experience of an overwhelmed AOD system that is unable to respond to community demand for timely support...
Submission to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee | Inquiry into vaping and tobacco controls
VAADA’s submission to the inquiry into vaping and tobacco controls by the Victorian Public Accounts and Estimates Committee makes the case for an evidence-based approach to e-cigarettes. Balancing prevention with harm reduction, VAADA advocates for a well-regulated market for e-cigarettes as a consumer product.
Women in the Sector Workforce Snapshot
Today, we are proud to introduce the fifth and final instalment in our Snapshot Series: 'Women in the Sector.' This report provides an extensive insight into the unique capacities and capabilities of Victoria's AOD workforce.
Submission to the Yoorrook Justice Commission on the AOD System and First Peoples in Victoria
VAADA is pleased to release its submission to the Yoorrook Justice Commission on the Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) System and First Peoples in Victoria. VAADA has drawn on the insights and experiences of its members, and crucially members of the Victorian Aboriginal community to develop its response.
Lived and Living Experience Workforce Snapshot
In early 2023, VAADA launched its very first AOD Workforce Development Survey. The survey received an impressive nearly 25% response rate from the workforce. Today, we introduce the fourth instalment in the Snapshot Series, where we take a look at the Lived and Living Experience Workforce.
VAADA State Budget Submission 2024
Our major call to action for the upcoming State Budget is the Victorian Government committing to the development of a comprehensive Victorian AOD Strategy, that provides planning, resourcing, service integration and oversight for the way AOD services and supports are delivered across our community.
VAADA Press Release | Festival Overdoses Preventable
The eight overdoses which occurred at the Hardmission music festival on 6 January 2024 are distressing, not only due to the pain and suffering experienced by those directly affected but also for the broader community who view the overdoses as preventable.