Women’s AOD services network

Network update

The Women’s AOD Services Network met in June 2018. The network met with Associate Professor Carolyn Day from the University of Sydney to discuss opportunities to collaborate in research in women’s treatment services. The are keen to undertake research in practice to address the range of issues faced by women who access treatment services. Thy will look at starting activities to develop a snapshot of the clients that enter network member services.


  • the network heard from Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre AOD counselling program on their delivery of the ‘Circle of security’ program in Mandarin. The program was well attended and is an opportunity for the centre to increase their capacity to better support local communities.
  • network members will be celebrating NAIDOC week (8–15 July 2018) and this year’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ through a range of formats, with Jarrah House holding a local morning tea.


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.