Drug and Alcohol


The NSW Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Network (ADAN)

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, Area Health Services and Non Government Organisations from across NSW. The AH&MRC is funded by NSW Health through Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) and OATSIH to assist with funding for the annual ADAN Symposium.

The AH&MRC employs the ADAN Project Officer to support the ADAN network, to facilitate the ADAN Leadership Group and to coordinate the annual ADAN Symposium.

Program aims

  • To facilitate the annual ADAN Symposium
  • To provide a forum for Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol workers across NSW to network, share information and resources.
  • 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 plans and programs
  • To Facilitate a Forum for Managers of Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Workers.


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Recent Activities / Links

The 10th ADAN Symposium

The 10th Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Network (ADAN) Symposium is going to be held on the 15th 17th October, 2013. More information will be distributed shortly.

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AHC courses

The Aboriginal Health College has a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol For more information about drug and alcohol use in Aboriginal communities, please go to:

External links

What's on!

Ethics Committee Meeting
Ethics Committee
Mon 4th Aug, 10:00am - Mon 4th Aug, 4:00pm, 2014
Teleconference: Yarning About: Eye Health and Diabetes
Chronic Disease
Tue 12th Aug, 10:30am - Tue 12th Aug, 11:30am, 2014
IRIS Training - Orange
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Network (ADAN)
Wed 20th Aug, 9:00am - Thu 21st Aug, 4:00pm, 2014
A-TRAC Symposium 2014 - Coogee (Sydney)
Tobacco Resistance & Control
Wed 3rd Sep, 9:00am - Thu 4th Sep, 4:30pm, 2014
Teleconference: Yarning About: Principles of Pain Management
Chronic Disease
Wed 3rd Sep, 1:00pm - Wed 3rd Sep, 2:00pm, 2014
IRIS Training - Wagga Wagga
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Network (ADAN)
Mon 6th Oct, 12:00am - Mon 6th Oct, 11:59pm, 2014
Ethics Committee Meeting
Ethics Committee
Mon 13th Oct, 10:00am - Mon 13th Oct, 4:00pm, 2014
Ethics Committee Meeting
Ethics Committee
Mon 8th Dec, 10:00am - Mon 8th Dec, 4:00pm, 2014

Staying Strong
Act Connect Survive 

Staying Strong - Act Connect Survive


Living Longer Stronger Conference Report

Living Longer Stronger Report 2012


The report captures key findings from the second chronic disease conference held by AH&MRC in 2012.