Working with Women Engaged in AOD Treatment

NADA Practice Resource:
Working with Women Engaged in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment 2nd Edition (2016)


"Improving service provision to women means acknowledging their unique experiences and perspectives, enhancing the best practice approaches AOD treatment services already have in place or adopting philosophical perspectives that give a greater voice to the needs of women."

This new NADA resource is a practical guide to supporting workers and organisations to provide best practice interventions for women accessing AOD treatment. This includes effective organisational change, becoming a gender responsive service, supporting family inclusiveness and providing trauma informed care.

Download a copy of the resource here.


What is in the resource?

The resource provides a range of information to support you in your work including:

  • ·        Women in AOD treatment settings
  • ·        Creating an enabling environment for women in AOD treatment
  • ·        Improving access and retention for  women from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • ·        Pregnancy, parenting and AOD
  • ·        Developing and strengthening partnerships
  • ·        Organisational change and self-care
  • ·        Useful resources



NADA would like to thank all contributors to the development of this resource including the 51 women from Women's specialist services who shared their stories, the Women's AOD Services Network, the Women's AOD Services Development Expert Advisory Group, ACON, the Gender Centre and the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre.

Background Information

The NADA Practice Resource: Working with Women Engaged in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment has been developed as part of the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) Women's AOD Services Development Program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. For more information on this program click here

For more information on Working with Women

For more inforamtion on working with Women in AOD or to find more resources that can help you when working with women in AOD settings click here.


For more informaiton or to order a hard copy resource

Contact Ciara at NADA on 02 8113 1306


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