NADA statement on a First Nations Voice to Parliament
NADA is the peak organisation for non-government alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services in NSW. We lead, strengthen and advocate for the sector to improve the health and wellbeing of NSW communities. Our decisions and actions are informed by the knowledge and concerns of our members and the experiences of people who use or have used AOD.
We recognise, respect and value the deep and continuing connection of First Nation’s people to land, water, community, and culture. We look to and celebrate their cultural guidance, leadership, and expertise.
We acknowledge the impact that intergenerational trauma and past injustices have had on First Nations peoples and support opportunities to address the range of structural and systemic factors which drive the AOD-related harms experienced by many First Nations communities.
NADA will continue to be guided by our Aboriginal Community Controlled member organisations, as we advocate for sustainability of AOD services to Aboriginal communities, strategies to grow and support the First Nation’s AOD workforce and approaches that enhance the culturally safety of all AOD treatment services.
We encourage mainstream organisations to listen to, support and work together with their First Nations staff, Aboriginal Community-Controlled organisation partners and the communities they work with, in the lead up to the Referendum. We ask you to engage in sharing information and supporting people to make informed decisions in the upcoming referendum.
NADA proudly acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the custodians of the land on which our office stands. We extend this acknowledgement to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.
NADA has award level accreditation under the Australian Services Excellence Standards (ASES) a quality framework certified by Quality Innovation and Performance (QIP).