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Drug checking and early warning network: Knowing the harms can prevent the harms
May 2021 OVERVIEW In April, the Coroners Court of Victoria published findings from an inquest into five drug-related deaths linked to the unintended consumption of the novel synthetic drugs 25C-NBOMe and 4-FA.1 To prevent similar deaths and other harms in the future, Coroner Spanos recommends that the Department of Health implement a drug checking...
Victorian Budget 2021-22: Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH
Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH The Victorian Government has handed down a mental health budget that will herald a breadth of reform in the sector not seen since the 1990s. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) acknowledges that the budget works to address significant underinvestment and support...
State Budget Submission 2021/22
Each year the Victoria Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) prepares an annual state budget submission for the Victorian Government outlining a range of initiatives that we think can make a difference in reducing alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harms across the community. This year’s submission could be considered supplementary to an earlier submission...
Victorian Budget 2021-22: Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH
Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH The Victorian Government has handed down a mental health budget that will herald a breadth of reform in the sector not seen since the 1990s. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) acknowledges that the budget works to address significant underinvestment and support...
Drug checking saves lives
07 April 2021 The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) supports the recommendations from Coroner Spanos relating to the implementation of a drug checking services and an early warning system to prevent fatal overdose. The Coroner investigated five fatalities where a common thread was that the deceased did not know that the substances they...
Mental Health Royal Commission Report – VAADA summary for the AOD sector
2 March 2021 The final report of the Mental Health Royal Commission was Tabled in Parliament on 2nd March 2020. The report is comprised of 5 volumes and outlines 65 recommendations for the Victorian Government to consider and implement. The Government has already committed to addressing all 65 recommendations. The report is extremely comprehensive...
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...