NADA practice leadership group

Network update

The NADA Practice Leadership Group (NPLG) had their first 2023 meeting on 16 February, and welcomed in two new members: Joan Purcell (Chief Operating Officer, Foundation House) and Teguh Syabahar (Manager, Multicultural Programs, Odyssey House NSW).

The NPLG discussed that it is an exciting time to be working in the non-government AOD sector. They identified the importance of supporting organisations in creating safe workplaces for consumer representatives and peer workers, acknowledging the invaluable work that these individuals do. Additionally, they considered the key role that Aboriginal workers play in the sector, both in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organizations and mainstream services. They also agreed on the need for more cultural safe residential rehabilitation programs and community-based services. Members also mentioned the importance of early intervention programs and combating excessive criminalisation of people who use AOD.

The group will be meeting again in May to review the NPLG workplan, renew the Terms of Reference, and set goals for the coming few years.

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Help your service delivery person-centred, trauma informed and evidence based practices to improve the wellbeing of people accessing your service, and their networks of support. Learn about each member, their area of expertise and their interest. Contact us to ask for support.

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Vision statement

Connecting clinical practice leaders in the NSW non-government alcohol and other drug sector for the purpose of increasing the capacity of service providers to deliver person-centred, culturally inclusive, and evidence based practices, to improve the wellbeing of people accessing services.

The NPLG was established in July 2015 and is now made up of 11 members representing a variety of specialist non-government AOD treatment services. All members are clinical practitioners and are considered leaders in the sector as evidenced by their professional backgrounds, accreditation status and clinical experience.

The group meet four times a year and meetings are open to other members/organisations by invitation.

The overall aim of the NPLG is to inform the development of NADA policy and advocacy, and sector program development in relation to sector clinical and therapeutic practices. It aims to provide a mechanism to consult with experienced, committed and skilled practitioners to advise NADA and other key stakeholders.

The NPLG terms of reference can be viewed here [PDF].

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