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The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) is the peak, national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and other drugs sector, providing a national voice for people working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.

The Anti-Discrimination Board was set up in 1977 to administer the Anti-Discrimination Act.

It investigates and conciliates complaints of discrimination, harassment and vilification. The Board is impartial in this process. It does not take sides. The Board tries to help both parties involved come to an agreement about how the problem can be resolved.

It informs and educates the people of NSW, employers and service providers about their rights and responsibilities under anti-discrimination law.

It makes recommendations to the government about amendments to anti-discrimination law.

The Department of Health and Ageing pursues the achievement of the Portfolio Outcomes in association with other agencies in the Portfolio. These are the Health Insurance Commission, the Private Health Insurance Administration Council, the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, the Professional Services Review Scheme, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Radiation Protection, Nuclear Safety Authority and the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) provides a central point of access to quality Internet-based alcohol and other drug information provided by prominent organisations in Australia and internationally. ADIN is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the National Drug Strategy and managed by the Australian Drug Foundation.

The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. We seek to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.

The AIHW is one of Australia's premier sources of statistics and related information on drug and alcohol use, and on alcohol and drug treatment services

The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) is the principal advisory body to Government on drug policy and plays a critical role in ensuring the voice of the community is heard in relation to drug related policies and strategies.

APSAD is Australia's leading multidisciplinary organisation for professionals involved in the drug and alcohol field. APSAD offers two major forms of professional development for health professionals. The first is the Society's scientific journal, the Drug and Alcohol Review. The second is the Annual Drug and Alcohol Conference.

Alcohol and other drug information service providing evidence based information on drugs and drug prevention, Newsletters, fact sheets, pamphlets, research reports, books, videos, manuals, posters and library facilities.

 The DPMP website is designed for both policy makers and researchers. It serves to provide information on illicit drug policies and tools for policy makers but also on the current and completed work of the DPMP research team

Using this Internet gateway, you can access a wide range of up-to-date and reliable information on health and wellbeing. Whether it be acne or arthritis, cancer, mental health, or young people and drugs to name but a few of the searchable topics, we hope that you will make HealthInsite your first choice for online health information.

In addition to providing Australian local governments with information and resources to respond to alcohol and other drug related problems in their communities, LGADIN enables the local government sector to share innovations amongst colleagues and other government and non-government stakeholders.

MSO offers online access to the resources and advice your community organisation needs to effectively deal with the wide range of management issues you face daily. Designed for organisations of all sizes and for people with a variety of backgrounds and experience, this easy to use, always accessible service is committed to the viability of the community sector and not for profit organisations, and to an ideal of strong organisations supporting healthy communities.

The Mental Health Association NSW Inc is a non-government organisation and registered charity funded by Northern Sydney Area Health. Members are people who are interested in mental health issues. The Association’s major activities include provision of the Mental Health Information Service, support groups (including training and establishment of new groups), mental health promotion and advocacy.

 The National Alcohol Strategy 2006-2011 was developed as a response to the patterns of high risk alcohol consumption that are prevalent in Australia. The strategy was endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (MCDS) in May 2006 and was developed through collaboration between Australian governments, non-government and industry partners and the broader community. It outlines priority areas for coordinated action to develop drinking cultures that support a reduction in alcohol-related harm in Australia. 

NCETA is a centre of excellence in the implementation and dissemination of research related to workforce development in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field. NCETA has been instrumental in introducing the concept of workforce development to the field. NCETA is undertaking a range of innovative projects to improve understanding of this relatively new and complex area.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Australia and is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. The Centre is multidisciplinary and collaborates with medicine, psychology, social science and other schools of the University of NSW, as well as with a range of other institutions and individuals in Australia and overseas.

The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct high quality research and related activities that increases the effectiveness of Australian and International treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.

 The National Drug Strategy, a cooperative venture between Australian, state and territory governments and the non-government sector, is aimed at improving health, social and economic outcomes for Australians by preventing the uptake of harmful drug use and reducing the harmful effects of licit and illicit drugs in our society.

 The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviourin health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.

Australian Alcohol Guidelines

NADA is the peak representative organisation for the alcohol and drug non-government sector throughout NSW. Core functions include: Policy and planning advice to government through involvement in strategic state-wide committees; Taskforces and other government forums; Policy and planing advice to the membership; Information dissemination; Advocacy for the sector as a whole and for individual member agencies; Response to information requests from the membership and key stakeholders; and Hosting of an annual alcohol and drug conference.

The purpose of the NWRN is to assist its member organisations, individual Welfare Rights services throughout Australia, in their work to reduce poverty, hardship and inequality in Australia by providing advice and assistance to individuals to ensure they can exercise their rights, fulfil their obligations and maximise their entitlements under the Australian Social Security system; and advocating for the maintenance of a Social Security system that has legal rights, obligations and entitlements detailed under, and protected by law.

THE NGMC has been formed to support board and management towards high ethical and professional standards in the governance and management of charities and nonprofit organisations; improve the knowledge and skills of directors and managers of charity and nonprofit organisations; Provide governance and management expertise to charity and nonprofit organisations through consultation, education and other appropriate processes and programs; assist boards and management in their ongoing development.

As the peak body in the philanthropic sector, Philanthropy Australia offers a range of resource and information services to grantseekers.

Philanthropy Australia has a range of relevant and useful publications to aid grantseekers, including the best selling The Australian Directory of Philanthropy and its companion volume for the area of corporate philanthropy, The Directory of Corporate Community Involvement.

Philanthropy Australia also offers training for grantseekers in the form of half-day Grantseeker Workshops.

Home of the Professional Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal 'Psychotherapy in Australia'. Psychotherapy in Australia also provides professional development training events, has a secure online bookstore, and a national guide to training programs.

The Youth Action & Policy Association NSW (YAPA) is the peak community group working in the interests of young people and youth services in NSW. YAPA strives to achieve social justice for young people, including the appropriate provision of services for young people.

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ACT 2 is a program about respectful relationships. It aims to raise awareness about what’s ok and not ok in relationships. It teaches young people to identify components of a healthy and an unhealthy relationship, while encouraging students to think about what they would like in a relationship. The program then teaches some tools we need for a healthy, respectful relationship, such as effective communication.

NO BARS is an educational and information resource designed to support drug and alcohol services in their work with people who have become involved with the criminal justice system.

 This initiative seeks to provide practical help to students, teachers and parents on how to minimise the harms associated with alcohol misuse. The project aims to encourage families to discuss alcohol issues – by providing information to students, parents and other care givers at ‘Alcohol Information Nights’.
Follow the links on this page to find all the background information, practical suggestions and resources you will need to hold an ‘Alcohol Information Night’ that is both informative and enjoyable.

 The Cancer Council NSW has developed a new strategy to reduce smoking related harm among the most disadvantaged groups in NSW. The Cancer Council's 5-year Tackling Tobacco Program (formerly the Tobacco Control and Social Equity Strategy) addresses tobacco as a social justice issue. The program will see the organisation working in partnership with social service agencies to reduce the prevalence of smoking among disadvantaged groups.

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 The Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC) is a state wide, non-profit, non-government organisation funded by South East Area Health Service. DAMEC's primary focusis to bridge the service gap by assisting and supporting Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (AT&OD) service providers to make a difference to the way they access and service Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (C&LD) client.

DrugInfooffers a number of free resources aimed at a range of audiences, including fact sheets, pamphlets and reports. Most resources can be downloaded from the links provided in the list. Details about how to obtain hard copies of the resources are outlined in the list

In community languages - a list of a number of different languages which provides a link to various information and resources.

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