Capability Building Projects
Intersecting family and domestic violence and alcohol and other drug capability building initiative.
WANADA is working with the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing and Stopping Family Violence on a collaborative workforce development project to build the capability of services to address intersecting alcohol and other drug use and domestic and family violence.
The incidence of family and domestic violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and Australians are now more aware of its prevalence.
Research shows that alcohol and other drug use, while not a cause, increases the frequency and severity of family and domestic violence incidents.
The government commitment to addressing family and domestic violence provides an opportunity for services that support people experiencing (victim-survivors), and those who use (perpetrators), family and domestic violence to increase their capability to address the intersecting issues. Improved outcomes will include increased safety and wellbeing of families.
The project focuses on supporting organisation development across the alcohol and other drug and family and domestic violence sectors.
Participating services include an alcohol and other drug residential treatment service (both a mixed gender residential program, and a women and children’s residential program); a service/program that supports men who are perpetrators of family and domestic violence; and a service/program that supports women experiencing family and domestic violence.
Services will be able to review their capability to meet the needs of people with intersecting family and domestic violence and issues associated with alcohol and other drug use through a new supported self-review tool in development as part of the project.
The tool will be trialed at the three participating services with managers and workers participating in the reviews, and consultation with service users where appropriate.
As part of the initiative, the alcohol and other drug service workers will receive training on family and domestic violence, as well as alcohol and other drug training for the domestic violence and family service workers.
The Intersecting family and domestic violence and alcohol and other drug capability building initiative is supported by the WA Government Department of Communities.
Capability Assessment Project – A WANADA / WAAMH Partnership Initiative
WANADA and the WA Association for Mental Health formed a partnership in 2019 to support regional, rural and remote services that work with people who have both alcohol and other drug and mental health issues.
The two peak bodies worked together to lay the groundwork for services that wanted to better assess their capacity to address co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health issues.
An alcohol and other drug service and a mental health service in each of Western Australia’s seven health regions were approached to participate. WANADA and WAAMH supported self-assessment using the assessment tools currently available, reviewing and adapting the tools for use in Western Australia.
With the project completed in June 2020, the alcohol and other drug sector now has a robust, culturally informed, co-occurring capability self-assessment process, new resources to support this process, and a way to identify collective sector development opportunities.
WANADA continues to support services to assess their capability in responding to co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health issues.
The Capability Assessment Project was funded by the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA).
For more information, please contact WANADA on (08) 6557 9400 or via [email protected].