Women’s AOD services network

Network update

The Women’s Network finished 2018 with a meeting with Minister for Family and Community Services (FACS), The Hon. Pru Goward, to discuss the challenges and possible solutions with working with women in AOD treatment services who have contact with FACS. The meeting was successful in highlighting the wealth of knowledge that AOD services have and the collaboration opportunities with FACS. The Women’s Network have started 2019 by meeting with representatives from The Glen to hear about their work to establish an Aboriginal women’s treatment service and also met with AOD & Family Services, Mercy Services, to hear about their services for women within the Hunter region. Staff of the Women’s Network attended a training day in February to hear and learn new skills in two topic areas: co-occurring mental health and AOD issues; and finding strengths to enhance practice and wellbeing. Feedback showed that both topics were well received, and staff enjoyed the opportunity to network across services.

About the network

The Women’s Network is comprised representatives of non government women specific AOD treatment programs (programs only open to women) in NSW that provide services to substance using women, including those providing services to pregnant women and women with children.

The network works together to improve service delivery, share skills and resources across women’s AOD services in NSW.

For more information about the network, email Rubi Montecinos at rubi@nada.org.au or phone 8113 1312.

Special projects

Women’s AOD Services Network gender responsive model of care
The network developed a Model of Care to highlight best practice approaches to working with women with AOD use issues.

Women’s AOD Services Network profile
NADA in partnership with the Women’s AOD Services Network developed this resource to promote referral pathways for women accessing AOD treatment.

Working with women engaged in alcohol and other drug treatment 2nd edition
Developed in collaboration with the network, this resource is a practical guide to supporting workers and organisations to provide best practice interventions for women accessing AOD treatment.