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Welcome commitment for additional residential AOD services
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcomes the commitment from the Victorian Opposition to resource additional residential rehabilitation and withdrawal capacity in Shepparton, Warrnambool, La Trobe as well as Frankston and Melbourne. This commitment, on top of the Victorian government’s earlier uplift would create equity in access across most of Victoria with regard...
Pandemic Oversight Committee Minority Report recommends increased drug treatment capacity
The Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee (the Committee) today released two reports which made a number of recommendations. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) supports recommendations 13 – 16 of the Minority Report which highlight the increasing alcohol and other drug (AOD) harms and soaring demand for AOD treatment which has occurred...
Alcohol and other drug system under pressure – more support now
Victoria’s alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment system cannot meet community demand for treatment. COVID-19 has only made this worse. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) today releases their election statement calling for fair and equitable access to AOD treatment across Victoria. The statement, referencing Victorian AOD treatment agency waitlist data, reveals that...
VAADA election statement summary: More Victorians in crisis are waiting for longer to access alcohol and other drug treatment
Victorians deserve an alcohol and other drug treatment workforce that is highly skilled, capable of supporting people with a range of issues and stable. That means that remuneration and conditions must be competitive with similar industries Recommendations Recommendation 1 The 100EFT of AOD workers is extended Recommendation 2 To ensure that all Victorians can...
Victorian election statement: Equitable access to alcohol and other drug treatment for all Victorians
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association has developed this statement to detail some of the key needs of Victorians experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) dependency and related harms. This statement is based on data derived from the funded AOD treatment sector relating to service access and capacity. It highlights that the wait list...
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...
Position Paper: Supervised Injectable Opioid treatment (hydromorphone)
Summary The Victorian government should consider introducing hydromorphone as a supervised injectable opioid treatment to supplement traditional therapies for opioid dependence. Background Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) is the gold standard treatment for opioid dependence and is the primary method for treating opioid dependence in Australia. OAT reduces opioid use, overdose risk, drug-related criminal offending...
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...