VAADA Conference 2023: Shifting Landscapes – Building the Holistic Treatment Mosaic

Conference Theme

Service systems are becoming increasingly aware that to deal with consumer needs and complexity effectively; a holistic approach can bring great benefits. The recent Royal Commissions into Victoria’s Mental Health System and Family Violence have both embraced the need for holistic approaches more broadly based than traditional responses and for reforms to embrace the intersection of multiple issues and the means to address them.

Focussing narrowly on formal diagnosis or treatment plans, be it in mental health, family violence or other areas, fails to address the complexities impacting an individual’s circumstances.

The Victorian Community based AOD system sits at a crossroads with many of the issues faced by other sectors and often with shared consumers.

As we know, the AOD sector is increasingly having to juggle more demand and complexity, impacted by justice, climate, COVID-19, family violence, mental health and other challenges.

VAADA’s 2023 Conference, Where to now, is the first big Victorian AOD sector gathering since 2019 and will seek to unpack these many issues impacting our Victorian AOD system and our cross-sectoral colleagues. We are looking to consider the importance of mutually shared problems and approaches, including the sort of collaboration that can make a difference.

Through the contribution of invited speakers and voices from our sector, this conference will critically examine what works, identify opportunities and threats, and continue the discussion on how the AOD sector can be more than a footnote in this current period of reform.

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