ADAN (Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Network of NSW)
Background to Program
ADAN was established in 2003 as a result of a recommendation from the Talking about Grog summit held in 2002. ADAN members are made of Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Workers from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs), Local Health Districts (LHDs), Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and the private sector from across NSW as well as some members from the ACT. The AH&MRC is funded by the NSW Health Ministry of Health through the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) as well as contributory funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to assist with the annual ADAN Symposium.
MHDAO funds the AH&MRC to employ the ADAN Project Officer to support the ADAN network, to facilitate the ADAN Leadership Group and to coordinate the annual ADAN Symposium. Key functions of the ADAN Project Officer and Leadership Group include:
- Development and implementation of an annual, state-wide ADAN Symposium Regular coordination and support of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Network To provide professional and cultural support.
- To provide opportunities for Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol workers skills development.
- To provide advice and expertise on a number of key NSW Health Ministry plans and programs
- To Facilitate a Forum for Managers of Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Workers.
ADAN Leadership Group
The ADAN Leadership Group was formed to guide the activities of ADAN, represent ADAN members at a state-wide level, and provide advice to the Mental Health & Drug & Alcohol Office (MHDAO) on Aboriginal drug & alcohol workforce issues.
- 31st July & 1st August
- 2 October (teleconference)
- 20th October (pre-Symposium meeting, Bathurst)
- 3rd & 4th December
- Leadership Workplan 2014
- Leadership Terms of Reference
Become a Member
To register as a member of ADAN, please follow the below link:
- Aboriginality (the term Aboriginal is used in NSW & includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people), and
- Holding a specific drug and alcohol role providing services in NSW (ACT included). *Please note that if a worker moves out of a drug and alcohol role they will no longer be a full member.
- Non-Aboriginal workers who work in a specific AOD role and primarily with Aboriginal clients and or communities, or
- Aboriginal workers who work in a related role e. g. mental health, that also work across the drug and alcohol sector.
Recent Activities / Links
The 11th ADAN Symposium
The ADAN Leadership Group and AH&MRC, will be hosting the 11th NSW Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Network (ADAN) Symposium this year in Bathurst. The Symposium will be held on the 21-23 October 2014 (The 23/10/14 will be a 1/2 day for full members only).
- Handbook for Aboriginal AOD Work
- NCETA Feeling Deadly, Working Deadly
- Deadly Shots II, Youth Resource Kit
State & National peak Committees and Organisations
Education and Training