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Mental Health in Victoria : A new beginning?
MEDIA RELEASE 2 March 2021 Mental Health in Victoria: A new beginning? The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA), welcomes the release of the final report of the Mental Health Royal Commission. We also look forward to learning more about the detail contained in the voluminous report and the staged implementation of its...
VAADA submission Inquiry into the use of Cannabis in Victoria
VAADA submission Inquiry into the use of Cannabis in Victoria Contacts: Sam Biondo and David Taylor SEPTEMBER 2020 1. Executive Summary Cannabis is the third most prevalent primary drug of concern for those engaging alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services in Victoria. It is the most commonly consumed illicit substance. Like any substance,...
Victorian Budget: AOD budget for today, but uncertainty on tomorrow’s COVID-19 AOD harms
MEDIA RELEASE 24 November 2020 AOD budget for today, but uncertainty on tomorrow’s COVID-19 AOD harms The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcomes the various social reforms contained in this year’s budget, including elements relating to the Mental Health Royal Commission and Social Housing. We also commend the AOD specific allocations, which...
Submission to the TGA’s joint-ACCS/ACMS meeting, November 2020
Please note: This submission relates solely to the proposed changes to scheduling of psilocybin and MDMA, not to other substances listed in the Consultation Paper for the November 2020 meeting of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Advisory Committees on Chemicals/Medicines Scheduling. Statement of support VAADA supports the proposed amendments to the scheduling of Psilocybin and...
Federal Budget: Failure to meet AOD treatment needs ominous for the future
MEDIA RELEASE 7 October 2020 Federal Budget: Failure to meet AOD treatment needs ominous for the future The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is gravely concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on Victorians experiencing substance dependence and the lack of support offered in the Federal Budget. There could have been a great...
VAADA 2020 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report Victorian Alcohol & Drug Association TABLE OF CONTENTS VAADA Board 1 Board Member Profiles 1 VAADA Staff 4 Vision & Purpose 4 President’s Report 5 Executive Officer Report 7 Sector Development 9 • Sector Development and COVID-19 • Alcohol and Other Drug Capacity Building Project • Tri Peaks • ADRIA •...
AOD group counselling guidelines (COVID-19)
Alcohol and Other Drug group counselling during coronavirus (COVID-19) Introduction The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in changes to the way people who use alcohol and other drugs are supported. This includes Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services providing group counselling, which play a vital role in support for people with AOD treatment needs...
Guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) planning in the community services sector 2020
The community services sector provides services to many vulnerable Victorians who are especially impacted by the coronavirus (COVDI-19) pandemic. The economic impact of the pandemic, and the stresses that arise as a result of self-isolation and physical distancing increase the demand on community services from vulnerable Victorians during this period and into the future.