Cross sector forum: Enhancing partnerships between non-government alcohol and other drug services and Department of Communities and Justice child protection services

In 2021, NADA facilitated a cross sector forum involving Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and non-government alcohol and other drug (AOD) staff to enhance partnerships and referral pathways. The forum provided a unique opportunity to hear from leading practitioners from both sectors, network and enhance relationships and build a more connected system.

Watch the panel discussions below to build your skills around working with people experiencing AOD and child protection issues.


Robert Stirling (CEO, NADA) opens the cross sector forum and provides an overview on the importance of cross sector collaboration for improving outcomes for the people we serve.

Providing AOD treatment and support to women, children, and parents
Suzie Hudson (Clinical Director, NADA) facilitates this panel discussion featuring Sarah Etter (Special Project Officer, Odyssey House NSW), Liz Gal (Consumer Engagement Coordinator, NADA), Kate Dodd (Manager, Phoebe House) and Margherita Basile (Manager, Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre) who discuss AOD treatment and support for women, children, and families, from the perspectives of their experiences delivering services and more broadly across the non government AOD sector, and how this intersects with child protection.

Providing AOD treatment and services to young people panel
This panel discussion facilitated by Michelle Ridley (Clinical Program Manager, NADA) includes Dylan Clay (Program Manager, Weave Youth & Community Services), Kellie Lucas (AOD Counsellor, Youth Off the Streets) and Simone Angus (Programs Manager, Ted Noffs Foundation) talking about their experiences of working with young people and more broadly across the non government AOD sector.

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