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Resources and links

AOD eNews

AOD eNews is a quarterly e-newsletter produced by Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, focusing on recent sector updates, stories and service provider information relevant to our region. It is sent to community members, organisations and health professionals across the CESPHN region.

Drug and Alcohol Resources
  • Australian Drug Foundation (ADF)
  • Ask Izzy is an anonymous online search platform with over 360 000 services; including housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice and addiction supports.
  • Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (Ice) for the community and for health professionals
  • Community Drug Action Teams NSW – Find out what’s happening in NSW near you by contacting your local Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), which is led by a regional Senior Community Development Officer who will help with your questions. You can locate your local CDAT here
  • Language Guides:
    NUAA and NADA’s Language Matters guide
    Mental Health Coodinating Council’s (MHCC) Recovery Oriented Language Quick Reference Guide.
  • Network of alcohol and other drugs agencies (NADA) – the peak body for the non-government alcohol and other drugs sector in NSW
  • NADA’s Webinar Series Alcohol and Other Drugs 101 – Brush up on your AOD basics with this foundational webinar series on the range of substances used by people in the community. Approached from a harm reduction perspective, each webinar will refresh your knowledge and/or give you new information about emerging drugs.
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre provides a range of resources to support treatment and other interventions responding to alcohol and other drug related harm, including a resources section for AOD workers
  • Overdose Lifesavers This website aims to support people effected by opioid overdose and those thinking about using Take Home Naloxone as well as to inform the community about overdose and what can be done about it.
  • Resources for Pharmacists in Opioid Treatment (53 KB) – NSW Health recently launched a resources pack to support Pharmacists involved in the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP). The NSW OTP provides patients with access to treatment for opioid dependency, with a focus on improving patients’ health, wellbeing and engagement with their families and community. The role of community pharmacists is vital, and these resources are available to support you to deliver a high quality and safe program.
  • Take Home Naloxone (THN) – A list of registered pharmacies in NSW
  • Turn to Help – provides information and resources about opioid addiction, treatment and where to find support for individuals, families, friends and carers. The website also includes an online portal for Healthcare Professionals to access clinical resources.
  • Your Room Resources and up to date information about drugs and alcohol
  • Recognition of Lived Experience (126 KB) Statement
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources

Alcohol and other drugs treatment guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – in a non-Aboriginal Setting

NADA has developed guidelines to support non-Aboriginal service providers in the AOD sector working with Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Guidelines are intended to support services to establish better relationships and linkages with Aboriginal organisations and in Aboriginal communities. The Guidelines also provide practical guides and resources to support workers and organisations to improve their service delivery when working with Aboriginal service users.


This project has been evaluated by UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Council (NDARC). All services completed a pre and post audit and attended a Guideline workshop to measure if there was change. Twelve of the fifteen services who participated engaged in the project until completion.

People of diverse gender and sexuality
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) resources
Working with Families
People exiting custody
Young People
Co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug issues

Please visit our dedicated co-occuring mental health and alcohol and other drugs webpage here for up to date information, resources and training.

Tobacco and smoking
Gambling Support
  • The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at University of Sydney have provided a collated document of local services offering gambling support. You can download a copy of this document here 
  • GambleAware offers information, resources and support for individuals, their family, friends and carers as well as health professionals.
    GambleAware counsellors are available over the phone. For free, confidential advice and support, call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 24/7.

Have your say on the state of mental health in NSW

The Impressions of the Mental Health System Survey is now live.

The survey is designed to gather information from people working in the mental health system and will be used by the group in its advocacy for major investment in mental health services in NSW.

The survey is open until 20 January 2023.

Fill out the Survey now
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