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Increasing rates of overdose in Victoria necessitate urgent action
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is deeply concerned about the surge in fatal overdoses in Victoria during 2022 as detailed in the data released by the Coroners Court of Victoria. The soaring number of fatal overdoses is indicative of a preventable crisis with harm reduction measures such as Overdose Prevention Centres and...
Public Intoxication reforms are overdue and need to be supported
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) supports the public intoxication reforms noting that they are a necessary public health measure and that intoxication is unambiguously a health matter. The
LGBTIQA+ Workforce Snapshot
In 2023 VAADA received nearly 400 responses in its biennial Victorian Alcohol and other Drugs Workforce Development survey. A detailed report was produced exploring the high-level findings and offering a handful of recommendations on workforce capacity, capability and wellbeing. This is document forms part of a series of snapshots which focus exclusively on a...
Victorian Alcohol and other Drugs Workforce Development Survey Report 2023
The Victorian Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Workforce Develpment Survey 2023 was conducted to inform an understanding of current experiences and challenges across the AOD sector. It also sought to identify opportunities to build workforce capacity and capability to ensure the sector is able to effectively meet the needs of service users now...
Funding indexation announcement gives security for future planning.
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) welcomes the announcement from the Victorian Government of a new indexation rate and a formula to calculate future funding increases. The announcement will
International Overdose Awareness Day: Providing Support for Victoria’s most stigmatized population
PRESS RELEASE 31/8/2023 Providing Support for Victoria’s most stigmatized population The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) stands with families, people who use drugs and the agencies providing AOD
Strategy towards the Elimination of Seclusion and Restraint – Views of the AOD Sector
Background In response to the request via Engage Victoria for feedback, VAADA coordinated an online consultation session on the 13th July 2023 with workers from the AOD sector to gather
VAADA supports a First Nations Voice
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) acknowledges the historic and current injustices suffered by First Nations people in Australia. VAADA believes that as a starting point to remedying these
Summary of AOD sector feedback on Independent Review of Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Criteria and Alignment of Decision Making Laws
Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) conducted a 2 hour consultation workshop with members of AOD sector regarding questions raised in the consultation paper titled “The Independent review of compulsory
Integration of Care in Practice – Resource
The VDDI provides guidance and oversight for a broad range of integrated mental health and alcohol and other drug activities. In support of the notion that integrated treatment is possible