The Youth Network has been meeting online fortnightly since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions. These meetings have served as a useful forum for members to connect with their peers and share their experience of adjusting regular practice during a pandemic.
Members have discussed the myriad challenges of continuing clinical practice while adhering to heightened infection control, social distancing and (in some cases) quarantine requirements. The meetings have also provided members with a forum to raise specific concerns requiring practical support and advocacy by NADA.
Overall, they have successfully managed to provide ongoing quality care to clients under current COVID19 restrictions. Young people, in particular, are noted to have adapted swiftly to digital service provision, although access to technology (e.g. smartphones and data) and increased conflict and stress within families and home environments has been challenging for some clients.
The ‘Find Hope’ suicide and self-harm prevention workshop, originally scheduled for May, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year when face-to-face training is feasible again.
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 email@example.com.