event details

Cross sector forum: building partnerships between the non-government alcohol and other drug & health and human services sectors

29 June 2023
9:15am – 3:30pm
Sydney (GADIGAL LAND), and online, NSW
A hybrid event 
Where: Rydges Sydney Central, Gadigal Land and live streamed online
Time: 9:45 to 3:30pm (registration desk opens at 9:15)
Cost:  Free of charge

Join us for our third cross sector forum. This event provides an opportunity for staff across different service sectors to come together in person and online, to hear about best practice and build your skills, to network and enhance relationships to build a more connected system to enhance continuing care of people accessing services.    

The forum aims to:  
- Improve partnership between NGO AOD and health and human services sectors, including NGO AOD, DCJ child protection, housing, NSW Health, domestic and family violence, criminal justice; that will support staff to work collaboratively to improve outcomes for people accessing services 
- Build your knowledge and skills 
- Provide a forum for staff/services to network and connect  

In person places are limited and we may need to limit in person numbers per organisation. 
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                                            DRAFT PROGRAM (this will be regularly updated)


Registration open & coffee and tea available


Welcome to Country  Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council


Forum welcome Chris Keyes (Deputy CEO, NADA).



Overview and introductions Michelle (Clinical Program Manager NADA) & Sarah (Clinical Director, NADA) will facilitate an activity giving participants the opportunity to introduce themselves and their service to enhance referral pathways and cross sector collaboration.  



Working with young people panel discussion
Panelists: Levii Griffiths, Project Lead at Allawaw Aboriginal Corporation. Allawaw Aboriginal Corporation is implementing a program of support for First Nations young people around their health, mental health, AOD and disability needs. 

Dylan Clay, Programs Lead, Weave Youth & Community Services. WEAVE provides various programs and practical support for children, young people, women and families. More panelists to be advised.  


Morning tea



Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Individuals, Families, and Communities.   
Teguh Syahbahar
, Manager, Multicultural Programs, Odyssey House. Multicultural Programs provides support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) individuals, families, and communities through direct treatment to empower families and communities and improve broader sector responses.  Teguh will present on some of the specific support needs of CALD individuals and communities, including experiences of migration, trauma and torture, experiences of racism and discrimination, and barriers to support and how these need to be addressed, both by specialist and mainstream services. 

Discussing LGBTQ+ Inclusive and Affirming Practice for AOD, Mental Health and other Service Providers. 
Gen Whitlam, Associate Director, Client Services, ACON & Sarah Etter, Clinical Director NADA. Research among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) populations, demonstrates high rates of AOD use and mental health distress. Most LGBTQ+ people who seek support for mental health or AOD, will access services that are not LGBTQ+ specialist services and these people require services that are inclusive. This presentation will discuss ways all service setting can strengthen their provision of LGBTQ+ inclusive practice. 


Enhancing cross sector collaboration in practice - a hypothetical case study panel discussion 
 Hannah Benjamin, Manager Casework, Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) child protection, Illawarra Shoalhaven district.
Kate Dodd, Manager, Phoebe House. Phoebe House is a residential AOD  rehabilitation program for women on opioid treatment, and their children. 
Lucy Carey, Complex Transitions Clinician (Partnerships Specialist), Community Transitions Team (CTT), Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. 
Raechel Wallace, Aboriginal Program Manager, NADA, Board Director, Aboriginal Corporation Drug and Alcohol Network of NSW.




Networking activity


Providing culturally safe practices panel discussion
Panelists: Raechel Wallace, Aboriginal Program Manager, NADA, Board Director, Aboriginal Corporation Drug and Alcohol Network of NSW, Alan Bennett, AOD Case Worker, Weigelli Alcohol and Other Drugs Residential Centre. More panelists to be advised. 



Bringing it all together – how we can embed cross sector partnerships 
Panelists: Alessia Salvatore, Manager Client Services, Lakemba, Department of Communities and Justice. Alessia will discuss her insights and advice about collaborative practice from her experience in child protection. 

Michele Campbell, Manager, Clinical Services, Lives Lived Well, Regional NSW. Michele will bring a regional and rural perspective into how services and sectors can enhance partnerships and referral pathways. 

Suzie Hudson, Clinical Advisor, Centre for Alcohol and other Drugs, NSW Health. Suzie will discuss her insights into collaborative practice between NSW Health, NGO AOD and other health and community services. More panelists to be advised. Moderator: Sarah Etter 



Reflections/wrap up - ideas for putting into practice learnings from the day Facilitated Michelle and Sarah (NADA) 

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