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About NADA

The Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) is the peak organisation for the non government drug and alcohol sector in NSW. 

Our goal is to advance and support non government drug and alcohol organisations in NSW to reduce the alcohol and drug related harm to individuals, families and the community.

NADA provides a range of programs and services that focus on sector representation and advocacy, workforce development, information management and data collection, governance and management support plus a range of capacity development initiatives. NADA represents over 100 organisational members that provide a broad range of services in the Alcohol and other Drug Sector including residential, community-based treatment and aftercare.


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About the NSW Non Government Alcohol and Drug Sector

NSW has a diverse, strong and effective non government drug and alcohol sector which has been providing services to individuals, families and communities for more than 40 years. The sector has been critical in responding to the health and welfare needs of those affected by drugs and alcohol, particularly those experiencing marginalisation and complex social issues.

Over 50 drug and alcohol specialist services operate across NSW. A similar number provide drug and alcohol service delivery as part of a broader health and/or social welfare service. Geographic distribution of non government drug and alcohol specialist organisations in NSW is similar to that of all treatment organisations in Australia and all treatment organisations in NSW[1], according to remoteness classification[2].

The most commonly provided services across the sector are: counselling, case management, residential rehabilitation, and information/education as part of a health promotion and harm prevention programs. Historically, the types of services provided by non government organisations (NGOs) and government has been fairly fixed; for example, residential rehabilitation is provided by NGOs, withdrawal management (detoxification) is provided by government. However, in the last 5-10 years this landscape has changed, with further shifts on the horizon. NGOs are now providing a significant portion of withdrawal management services, increasing their role in formal court diversion programs and venturing into opioid treatment therapies and programs.

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2011-12. Drug treatment series 21. Cat. no. HSE139. Canberra: AIHW.

[2] Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA)

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