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About NADA

The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) is the peak organisation for the non government alcohol and other drugs sector in NSW. Our vision is a connected and sustainable sector providing quality evidence based programs to reduce alcohol and drug related harms to NSW communities.

We represent approximately 100 organisational members that provide a broad range of services including health promotion and harm reduction, early intervention, treatment and after-care programs. Our members comprise of services that are diverse in their structure, philosophy and approach to alcohol and other drugs service delivery.

NADA provides a range of programs and services that focus on sector and workforce development, information management, governance and management support, sector representation and advocacy, as well as actively contributing to public health policy.

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About the NSW Non Government Alcohol and other Drug Sector

NSW has a diverse, strong and effective non government drug and alcohol sector which has been providing services to individuals, families and communities for more than 40 years. The sector has been critical in responding to the health and welfare needs of those affected by drugs and alcohol, particularly those experiencing marginalisation and complex social issues.

Over 50 drug and alcohol specialist services operate across NSW. A similar number provide drug and alcohol service delivery as part of a broader health and/or social welfare service. Geographic distribution of non government drug and alcohol specialist organisations in NSW is similar to that of all treatment organisations in Australia and all treatment organisations in NSW[1], according to remoteness classification[2].

The most commonly provided services across the sector are: counselling, case management, residential rehabilitation, and information/education as part of a health promotion and harm prevention programs. Historically, the types of services provided by non government organisations (NGOs) and government has been fairly fixed; for example, residential rehabilitation is provided by NGOs, withdrawal management (detoxification) is provided by government. However, in the last 5-10 years this landscape has changed, with further shifts on the horizon. NGOs are now providing a significant portion of withdrawal management services, increasing their role in formal court diversion programs and venturing into opioid treatment therapies and programs.


[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2011-12. Drug treatment series 21. Cat. no. HSE139. Canberra: AIHW.

[2] Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA)

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