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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Standard on culturally secure practice in the AOD sector launched

Date posted: 4 September 2012

Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton, launched the Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector) [1st Ed.] on 28 August 2012.

The standard builds on the existing Western Australian alcohol and other drug sector quality framework, and can be applied by alcohol and other drug (AOD) agencies throughout Australia. The standard is the first to require that services define and understand their target population.

'Agencies that are certified as meeting the standard will have a wonderful acknowledgement of the high quality AOD services that they provide,' said Minister Morton at the launch.

The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) developed the document in consultation with the WA AOD sector, and with Indigenous AOD services Australia-wide. The Drug and Alcohol Office of WA and the Australian Government's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health funded its development.

The standard is also supported by an interpretive guide to assist agencies in achieving certification. PDF versions of the standard and the guide can be found on WANADA's webpage, or can be accessed from the HealthInfoNet.

Source: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies


Jill Rundle
Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA)
Ph: (08) 6365 6365
Mobile: 0407 055 513


Last updated: 5 September 2012
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