Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SUPPORT: If you have any emerging operational concerns or queries in relation to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) you can contact the AH&MRC team via email at covid19@ahmrc.org.au or phone on 02 9212 4777. If you feel unwell and think you may have symptoms of COVID-19 please contact Health Direct Helpline on 1800 022 222 (FREE CALL) and speak with registered nurses who are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. For the latest information on COVID – 19 please visit the Department of Health COVID-19 and NSW Health COVID-19 websites.

AOD Networks

The AH&MRC Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Networks were originally developed as governance groups to guide projects relating to AOD and the AOD workforce in the NSW ACCHS sector. The AH&MRC’s AOD Networks provide unique support, services and expertise within the community-controlled and mainstream health sectors.



Background-The Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Network (ADAN) is a project of the AH&MRC. ADAN is a forum for Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol workers to share information, access professional and cultural support, and discuss issues affecting their workforce and Aboriginal communities in NSW.  ADAN includes AOD workers from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs), government and non-government sectors.


  • Organise an annual ADAN Symposium
  • Provide a networking forum through which AOD workers can share information, resources and communicate
  • Provide cultural and professional support
  • Provide opportunities for education, training and skills development
  • Provide advice and expertise on state and national health plans and programs



Background –The NSW Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation Healing Drug and Alcohol Network (NARHDAN) is a collective of residential rehabilitation centres in NSW. There are six Aboriginal residential rehabilitation services in NSW.  In the past, the managers of these unique and culturally specific services have met informally to discuss common issues, share successes, address challenges and provide collegial support. In partnership with the AH&MRC, these meetings were formalised in late 2013 and NARHDAN was established.


  • Hold quarterly meetings for Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation services to share information and knowledge
  • Support the Managers and CEOs of Aboriginal Residential services
  • Share resources and exchange information
  • Lead in expertise of Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation services
  • Act as a forum for consultation where stakeholders can access the collective knowledge of the group