The Standard - Evidence Informed | Culturally Responsive
The Standard on Culturally Secure Practice is a combined management system and industry specific certification standard that provides a cost efficient option that meets the needs of most Western Australian alcohol and other drug services.
The Standard was developed in consultation with the alcohol and other drug sector and was the first to focus on cultural security. Development of the Standard was supported by the Western Australian Mental Health Commission (formerly the Drug and Alcohol Office) and the Australian Government's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. In Western Australia, the Standard supersedes the WA Alcohol and Other Drug Sector Quality Framework. The Standard is supported by an Interpretive Guide.
A list of organisations certified against this standard is accessible at JAS-ANZ - Standard on Culturally Secure Practice Certified Organisations.
A number of services are working towards accreditation against this standard, so this list is expected to continually expand.
- pdf Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (Alcohol and other Drug Sector) 1st Edition - August 2012 (453 KB)
- pdf Interpretive Guide (1.12 MB)
- document Self-Assessment Template (Word) (78 KB)
Standard Review and Second Edition
In 2018 and 2019 WANADA coordinated a review of the Standard on Culturally Secure Practice and the accompanying certification Scheme. The review resulted in a more concise, robust and contemporary second edition; the Alcohol and other Drug and Human Services Standard.
The Alcohol and other Drug and Human Services Standard is a quality management system standard with a strong focus on culturally responsive and evidence informed ways of working, that is flexible enough to be applied by a diverse range of human services. The final drafts of the Alcohol and other Drug and Human Services Standard and the second edition WANADA Scheme are currently with the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) for endorsement.
For more information about the review and the Alcohol and other Drug and Human Services Standard, please download the pdf WANADA Standard Review Summary - June 2019 (304 KB) .