NADA Networks

NADA encourage collaborative cultures in the sector and understand that sustainable and long term networks require building stronger relationships and systems in order to work together, improve knowledge and resources.

NADA is currently supporting the following networks and partnerships which are essential to meeting the social and health needs of the NSW population.


NADA Practice Leadership Group (NPLG)

The NADA Practice Leadership Group (NPLG) was established in July 2015 and comprised 8 members representing a variety of specialist non government AOD treatment services. All members are clinical practitioners and considered leaders in the sector as evidenced by their professional backgrounds, accreditation status and clinical experience.

The overall aim of the PLG is to inform the development of NADA policy and advocacy, and sector program development in relation to sector clinical and therapeutic practices.

For more information click here


Women's AOD Services Network

The Women's Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Services Network was established in January 2013.

Full membership is open to women's only services that provide AOD treatment and support to substance using women with and without children.

Associate membership opened in August 2016 and is open to anyone with an interest in strengthening service provision for women with AOD use issues. To become an associate Network member click here.

The Network aims to facilitate collaboration, knowledge and information sharing with the view to strengthen service provision for women's with AOD use issues.

A profile of the Network was launched in October 2015.

For more information on the Women's AOD Services Network click here.


Youth AOD Services Network

The Youth AOD Services Network was established in February 2013 and comprises 19 specialist youth services providing AOD services to young people across regional and metropolitan NSW. They work together to improve outcomes for young people seeking and accessing drug and alcohol services, support and treatment in NSW.

A profile of the Youth Services Network was produced can be downloaded here [PDF]. For more information contact Ciara at NADA.


Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network

The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) is a partnership project between the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and the NSW Mental Health Commission.

CMHDARN was established in 2010 to broaden involvement of the community mental health and alcohol and other drugs sector in evidence-led research and to promote the value of research and the use of research evidence in practice. Its overall aim is to improve the quality of service delivery and correspondingly, the outcomes for consumers of community managed services.

Visit our website at and become a CMHDARN member today. It's the easiest way to receive updates on CMHDARN activities and it's free to join.

Email the CMHDARN project coordinator, Dr Angela Argent with comments, suggestions or requests.


NADA also supports its members that are engaged with other networks such as:

NSW Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation Healing Drug and Alcohol Network

The NSW Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation Healing Drug and Alcohol Network (NARHDAN) is a network made up of chief executive officers and senior managers of Aboriginal residential rehabilitation services in New South Wales lead by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW. The network meets quarterly to support each other and advocate for issues, to share and develop culturally sound best practice principals, knowledge and experience as well as aiming to be the key consultative group at both state and national levels in regards to Aboriginal residential rehabilitation services in NSW.