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High Risk Indicators of Family Violence – Poster/Resource
MARAM-Aligned Evidence Based High Risk Indicators If clients that have been identified as victim survivors are experiencing any of the following high-risk factors, they are at increased risk of being killed or almost killed. These high-risk factors are aligned to MARAM and are situated within an AOD context. This resource was created by VAADA...
VAADA Victorian Budget Pack 2022/23: Funding cut to drug treatment during pandemic will place lives in jeopardy
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is alarmed with the overall cut of $39M in service funding to 2021-22 revised budget figures for alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention. This will negatively impact treatment and prevention services which support people experiencing substance dependence. While there are a number of small positive initiatives...
State Budget Submission 2022/23
Summary of recommendations Recommendation 1: $2M to support agencies to maintain flexible work arrangements and ensure that service users can maintain connected with online services. Recommendation 2: Permanently resource the $25M 100 AOD workers initiative to account for future demand with additional capacity built in annually over the next four years. Recommendation 3: Resource...
VAADA Media Release: Reform proposal a far better way to reduce drug harms
MEDIA RELEASE 8/3/2022 Reform proposal a far better way to reduce drug harms The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) supports reforms that will divert people who are caught possessing and using currently illicit drugs away from the justice system. To that end, VAADA supports the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Decriminalisation...
AOD Sector Leaders and Managers in VIC: on Identity, Skills, and Development.
A research report for The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) by Ramon Wenzel, PhD | Curtin University, 2022 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY WHY WE DID THIS RESEARCH For the non-government alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector to be successful and sustainable, it must attract, develop and retain a capable and engaged workforce. Organisational leaders –...
The AOD Sector Workforce in VIC: on Engagement, Learning and Wellbeing
A research report for the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) by Ramon Wenzel, PhD | Curtin University, 2022 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY WHY WE DID THIS RESEARCH The non-government alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector in the state of Victoria (VIC) relies on its workforce to bring about positive change to clients, families and communities....
Media Release – Leadership required to reduce alcohol harms
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is increasingly concerned by the surge in alcohol related harm which has been generated by the pandemic and the implied support for increased consumption by the State Government. Victoria has been soaking in alcohol throughout the pandemic, with a surge in sales, consumption and harms. During this...
Summary AOD Sector Report: Integrated Framework for the treatment, care and support of people with mental illness and substance use or addiction
Summary AOD sector report Document purpose This document provides a summary of consultations undertaken by VAADA with AOD sector representatives in late August and September 2021. The consultations were designed to contribute towards the development of an Integrated Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) and Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework for Mental Health and Wellbeing...
International Overdose Awareness Day – The forgotten people: surging overdose toll in COVID-19 year
Media Statement                                                                                                                                                                 30 August 2021   International Overdose Awareness Day The forgotten people: surging overdose toll in COVID-19 year   International Overdose Awareness Day gives us time to take stock of both how much we have achieved and how much more there is to do to prevent fatal overdose. International Overdose...