Women’s clinical care network

Network update

The Women’s Network has been meeting regularly online in fortnightly community of practice meetings. These have acted as a successful forum for members to connect with their peers and share their experience of working within the uniquely altered landscape of AOD service delivery during a pandemic.

Network members discussed the myriad challenges of continuing clinical practice while adhering to heightened infection control, social distancing and (in some cases) quarantine requirements. They have raised specific concerns requiring practical support and advocacy by NADA.

Unanticipated silver linings of current adjustments to regular practice include increased opportunities for upskilling of AOD workers and establishment of systems and policies for providing effective remote services to clients. Overall, NADA member women’s services have adapted swiftly and successfully to COVID-19 restrictions, continuing to provide quality care to clients both in residential and non-residential settings.

Get involved

All NADA members that provide AOD services to women are welcome to attend the network’s forums and training. Join the mailing list to receive details of upcoming events, announcements and sector information relating to women accessing AOD treatment services. Or for more information about the network, email Resli.

Special projects and resources

The network in its different forms has worked together to improve service delivery, share skills and information since 2013. Resources developed by the network include:

Women’s AOD Services Network gender responsive model of care
The network developed a Model of Care to highlight best practice approaches to working with women with AOD use issues.

Working with women engaged in alcohol and other drug treatment 2nd edition
Developed in collaboration with the network, this resource is a practical guide to supporting workers and organisations to provide best practice interventions for women accessing AOD treatment.