The Youth AOD Services Network met in early February 2018 and discussed key issues and activities for in the youth AOD sector. The following messages rose from their meeting:
The network recognised that there is a lack of referral pathways in the youth AOD sector, specifically crossover with the Juvenile Justice System.
Language in the AOD sector is important, and there is a need for inclusive communication.
There is a growing concern and more research being done in regard to the effects of social media on youth and drug use.
Yfoundations, the peak body for youth homelessness in NSW, presented during the meeting and shared information on the interdependence of AOD and homelessness in young people.
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. Past training activities include:
Resilience building in young people
Black Dog Institute
Psychopharmacology and young people
Young people and methamphetamine
Dr Suzie Hudson
Prevention and de-escalation of crisis in young people
Working with people in AOD using a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) approach
Lauren Mullaney, MA Triple Care Farm
If you would like to become a member of the Youth AOD Services Network, please contact Tata at firstname.lastname@example.org.