The NADA Youth AOD Services Network held a meeting in October, hosted by Weave in Waterloo. Special guests at this meeting were representatives from NSW Health, along with key team members from NSW Local Health Districts, who engaged in an open and constructive discussion with the network on improving referral pathways and inter-sector communications, as well as how to ‘plug the gaps’ and stop young people getting ’lost’ in the handover between government and non government services.
The network was also presented with the results of their recent network needs analysis, which highlighted the need for further advocacy for increased funding for youth-specific services and pill testing, skills based training in suicide prevention and feedback informed treatment, and the promotion of strengths based outcome measures (as opposed to deficit based tools) in evaluating current services. The needs analysis feedback will be used to plan training and events for the network over the next 12–24 months.
About the network
The Youth AOD Services Network is a collective of community based organisations that provide specialist services to young people seeking support for alcohol and other drugs use. The group works together to enhance service provision, develop partnerships and improve referrals. They participate in a range of networking, knowledge exchange and capacity building activities and actively work with NADA to advocate for improved AOD treatment access for young people in New South Wales.
The network meets four times a year—for two meetings and two training sessions.
If you would like to become a member of the Youth AOD Services Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.