Recent research has shown the
increase in complex client presentations at drug and alcohol non
government services. Complex needs such as co-exisiting drug
and alcohol and mental health issues, cognitive impairment and / or
contact with the criminal justice system are just some of the
complex needs drug and alcohol workers are presented with. It is
the interaction between these multiple issues that creates a more
challanging situation for the client and therefore an increased
challenge for the worker and service system.
NADA Practice Enhancement
The NADA Practice Enhancement
Program (PEP) was funded in 2010 by NSW Ministry of Health Mental
Health Drug and Alcohol Office. The aim of the program to
support NADA member services to increase their capacity to respond
to the needs of clients presenting with drug and alcohol or drug
and alcohol and mental health issues and cognitive impairment
(including acquired brain injury, fetal alcohol
spectrum disorder and intellectual
disability) and/or criminal justice contact.
To date, the program has included
member and stakeholder consultation, service practice enhancement
seeding grants, free training to all NADA members, networking
forums and resource production.
For more information on the
PEP Project click here, download the Background
Information report or the
PEP Independent Final Evaluation Report.
For more information on criminal
justice issues and the drug and alcohol sector click here to see
the Criminal Justice page or the NO BARS website.
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Useful Contacts and
This page contains a list of services working with a range
of complex needs clients in Australia. Services include
acquired brain injury, intellectual disability, fetal alcohol
spectrum disorder and criminal justice service provider
specialists. Service overviews highlight which services
provide training, who carrys out research, and those who produce
resources for workers clients and the community.
Complex Clients Resources
This page contains a list of factsheets, brochures,
research and other publications relevant to working with cmplex
needs clients including acquired brain injury, intellectual
disability, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and criminal justice
clients. The list of resources is not exhaustive and we
encourage you to contact us if you would like to suggest relevant
resources for this page.
Training in Working with Complex
There are a range of training providers spacialising in
complex needs area. Access the online training directory -
complex needs training stream for more inforamtion or click here to access
information on NADA Practice Enhancement events including NADA
hosted training events.
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