The network is now developing a position statement to advocate for the inclusion of gender and sexuality specific data items in the AIHW AODTS-NMDS and other data sources. If you’re interested in joining the network, contact NADA.
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.