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VAADA Newsletter September 2019
AOD: where do we fit in the community services puzzle? September 2019 In this issue 2 The Australian Drug Harms Ranking Study 4 Update on Victoria’s Mental Health Royal Commission 4 Deja Vu? 5 VAADA’s Murray Primary Health Network (PHN) Project 5 Sector Development Change within the Victorian alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector,...
Prison should not be a death sentence
MEDIA RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 11 2019 Prison should not be a death sentence Four in 10 Victorians who fatally overdosed with heroin in 2017 were former Victorian prisoners. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is distressed at the alarming number of ex-prisoners fatally overdosing from heroin. The data from the Coroners Court of Victoria...
Media Release: Overdose Awareness Day – VAADA statement
MEDIA RELEASE Overdose Awareness Day 2019 – VAADA Statement 31 August 2019 Overdose Awareness Day reminds us that overdose does not discriminate, the impacts are felt far and wide the toll just continues increasing year on year. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) stands with our member alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment...
Media Release: Common Sense Approach Welcomed to Public Drunkenness
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcomes the Victorian government’s announcement to decriminalise public drunkenness. The announcement, which aligns with a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, seeks to remove an archaic law which drives those experiencing disadvantage further into harms way. The Victorian government has committed to establishing...
Illicit Drug Data Report 2017-18
ILLICIT DRUG DATA REPORT 2017–18 Correspondence should be addressed to: Chief Executive Officer Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission PO Box 1936 Canberra City ACT 2601 Telephone: 02 6268 7000 (from within Australia) 61 2 6268 7000 (international) Published July 2019 The data contained in this report is produced by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)...
NCETA Methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – Options for Workers
Methamphetamine Use Among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People1: Intervention Options for Workers Ann Roche, Allan Trifonoff, Kirsten Ryan There is increasing concern about methamphetamine use in Australia and particularly its impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. What is methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a stimulant like amphetamine, ecstasy, and cocaine. These...
VAADA Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
VAADA’s submission discusses the broad conditions for good mental health, and the specific implications this has for our alcohol and other drug sector, and its intersection with the mental health system.
Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework
Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework December 2017 Aboriginal Acknowledgment The Victorian Government proudly acknowledges Victorian Aboriginal people as the first peoples and Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we rely. We acknowledge and respect that Aboriginal communities are steeped in traditions and customs built on an incredibly disciplined...
Media Release
MEDIA RELEASE – Monday 27th May 2018   Victorian State Budget 2018-2019: AOD Budget Initiatives Continue To Build On Recent Investments   The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) has greeted favourably aspects of today’s post-election Budget announcements from the Victorian Government. VAADA acknowledges that additional investment builds on the investment that has occurred...