The Gender and Sexuality Diverse AOD Worker Network held a planning day in April to set out a work plan to inform its activities. The high-level priority area and strategies agreed are:
advocacy Influence health and social policy and practice
funding opportunities Seek opportunities to fund network activities
supporting the workforce Provide a supportive network for gender and sexuality diverse workers in the AOD sector. Support AOD workers to be more inclusive of gender and sexuality diverse people
build AOD treatment service capacity Improve AOD services for gender and sexuality diverse people The planning day also provided an opportunity to check in on how supported network members were feeling in a COVID-19 environment, and to share information and advice among members.
Why has NADA created this network?
Gender and sexuality diverse people are a priority in the National Drug Strategy, and other strategies related to AOD use. Whilst, NADA, and its partner in this work, ACON, have undertaken a range of activities to ensure its members are providing inclusive services, there is still much more work to be done in this area. Additionally, a recentworkforce study [PDF] by NADA found that 15% of non government AOD workers in NSW identified as gender and sexuality diverse. The network provides an opportunity for those workers to come together in a safe and supportive environment.
About the network
In December 2019, NADA held the inaugural Gender and Sexuality Diverse AOD Worker Network. The membership currently comprises a small group of NSW AOD workers, which is inclusive of those providing frontline services, management, administration and research.
At the first meeting workers agreed that the network has a dual purpose to:
provide a supportive network for gender and sexuality diverse workers in the AOD sector
improve AOD services for gender and sexuality diverse people.
I am passionate about both the AOD sector and the gender and sexuality diverse community, so to have them come together is very exciting. For me, being a part of this network means I can participate, advocate, educate and learn from both spaces at the same time. I also believe the establishment of this network will trickle down to improved client experiences through visibility, education and increased representation throughout different spaces in the sector. I am looking forward to being a part of this journey!
The networks terms of reference can be viewed here [DOCX].
For more information or to join the network, please contact Robert Stirling on 8113 1320.