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 aimed at building partnerships between alcohol and other drug (AOD) non-government organisations (NGO) and other health and human services sectors. This event provides an opportunity for staff across sectors to come together in person and online, to hear from leading practitioners, network and enhance relationships and 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 - Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) child protection, 
        corrections and housing services, NSW Health, domestic and family violence 
      - To build partnerships across the sectors that will support staff to work 
        collaboratively to improve outcomes for people experiencing AOD and other 
        co-occurring issues
      - Provide a forum for staff/services to network and connect  

The forum will include panel discussions and speakers from:  
      - NGO AOD services, DCJ and other health and human services
      - People with living/lived experience of accessing services  

In person places are limited and we may need to limit in person numbers per organisation. 
For more details please contact .

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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). Chris has 20 years’ experience across government and non-government healthcare settings in Australia and the UK. Chris will open the forum and discuss the importance of cross sector collaboration for best practice service provision. 



Overview and introductions Providing best practice services to people takes an integrated and collaborative service system.  Michelle (Clinical Program Manager, NADA) & Sarah (Clinical Director, NADA) will facilitate an activity giving participants the opportunity to introduce themselves and their service.  




Working with young people panel discussion - panelists will discuss their experiences of working with young people and best practice around service and support options for young people experiencing alcohol and other drug issues, mental health and housing concerns, child protection and criminal justice involvement.  

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. More panelists to be advised.  


Morning Tea


Collaborative practice – delivering services to people across sectors. Lightening Round Presentations - TBA 


Enhancing cross sector collaboration in practice - a hypothetical case study
Facilitated by Sarah Etter
(Clinical Director, NADA) and panelists: 
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 drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for women on opioid treatment in NSW that accommodates for their children, in a safe home environment. More panelists to be advised. 




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). More panelists to be advised. 



Bringing it all together – how we can embed cross sector partnerships 


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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