Acknowledgement of Country
WANADA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country and its waters. We wish to pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend this to all Aboriginal people seeing this message.
Established in 1984, the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) is an independent, membership-driven not-for-profit organisation that takes a ‘whole-of-community’ approach to alcohol and other drug issues.
WANADA is governed by an elected Board comprising delegates drawn from our membership. WANADA employs a small paid staff and is funded by members and both state and federal governments.
- To enhance the health and wellbeing of all Western Australians by:
- reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use; and
- enabling a strong and viable alcohol and other drug service system.
To lead a shared voice within the specialist alcohol and other drug service sector that drives positive change needed to achieve best community outcomes.
- Provide an informed voice to influence effective alcohol and other drug service planning
- Advance effective approaches to minimise the impact of stigma and discrimination
- Drive sector implementation of, and policy support for, the principles of self-determination
- Lead a coordinated approach to sector-wide development that enhances best practice and equitable access
WANADA is funded by the Western Australian Mental Health Commission and the Australian Government Department of Health. WANADA also receives additional project funding from the Mental Health Commission, the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance, the Burnet Institute and Lotterywest. WANADA is grateful for the continued support of our members.
The Western Australian Mental Health Commission funds WANADA’s core business, including: enhancing alcohol and other drug sector sustainability and viability; building capacity of the alcohol and other drug sector including promoting continuous improvement in organisations and service delivery; improving alcohol and other drug sector effectiveness; fostering collaboration; representation, policy development and advocacy; and coordination and information exchange within and between the alcohol and other drug sector and the WA Mental Health Commission.
The Australian Government Department of Health funds WANADA’s Sector Capacity Building Project as a part of the National Treatment Activities Program. Activities include: maintaining linkages and partnerships across the alcohol and other drug and related sectors; identifying gaps in training and workforce issues and facilitating workforce development opportunities; supporting the sector with data collection and management processes; providing advice on improving governance and support; performing research and evaluation (where applicable and feasible); developing and disseminating targeted and relevant information and resources; supporting service improvement and continuous quality improvement in the sector; and sector representation and advocacy.