The last meeting of the Women’s AOD Services Network, held in June 2019, featured a robust discussion of the planned reforms to out-of-home care in NSW. Gary Groves and Sylvia Lapic from the crossgovernment reform group, Their Futures Matter, were in attendance to provide an overview of the program and to discuss how best to support the network to meet the needs and improve outcomes for children, families and carers within the sector. Discussion was centred around the need for a coordinated response and early community engagement rather than reactive crisis intervention.
Feedback from network members who participated in recent dialectical behaviour therapy training funded by NADA was very positive and members have expressed interest in further opportunities for NADA-supported skills training in dialectical behaviour therapy and other third-wave cognitive behaviour therapy modalities for clinical staff.
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.
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.