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Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The services provided by the Health and Ageing Portfolio are delivered through nine Portfolio Outcomes.

The Department of Health and Ageing pursues the achievement of the Portfolio Outcomes in association with other agencies in the Portfolio. These are the Health Insurance Commission, the Private Health Insurance Administration Council, the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, the Professional Services Review Scheme, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Radiation Protection, Nuclear Safety Authority and the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency

Drug and Alcohol Services Council

DASC is the principal government funded service provider, and acts as adviser to the Minister for Health and the Department of Human Services, through the Drugs Strategy & Programs Branch, on all alcohol and other drug related matters. DASC represents the state at the Commonwealth level on relevant policy matters.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) consolidates within a single national organisation the often independent functions of research funding and development of advice.

Next Step Specialist Drug & Alcohol Services

Next Step is a sub-group of The Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO). It aims to fulfill priorities which include:

  • Developing Next Step as a centre for clinical excellence for the Alcohol and Drug sector;
  • Providing evidence-based practice and undertaking clinical research;
  • Expanding services delivered by Next Step;
  • and Working more closely with the non-government sector.

Queensland Health Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services (ATODS)

This website is a resource for alcohol and drug workers in QLD.

The Alcohol and Illicit Drugs section of the Australian Institute of Criminology

The Australian Institute of Criminology is the national focus for the study of crime and criminal justice in Australia and for the dissemination of criminal justice information. The Institute draws on information supplied to it by a wide variety of sources and its policy advice is objective and independent.

National Drugs Campaign

The National Drugs Campaign is a national community information drug prevention campaign.

The National Drugs Campaign aims to educate young people about the negative consequences of drug use, model positive alternatives to drug use, and provide information about where to access support services for those in need.

The campaign also encourages parents to talk to their children about drugs to discourage youth drug use, and seeks to build on relationships and increase connectedness in families.

Drug Policy Modelling program (DPMP)

The DPMP website is designed for both policy makers and researchers. It serves to provide information on illicit drug policies and tools for policy makers but also on the current and completed work of the DPMP research team.

The DPMP website contains comprehensive information about illicit drug policies including:

  • An overview of DPMP and information about us
  • Links to national and state policy documents
  • Statistical data on rates of drug use
  • Analysis of policy options under the section what works
  • Tools and methods for both researchers and policy makers

Fetal Alcohol Specturm Disorders (FASDS) resources 

  • Information booklets for patients and training resources for doctors - Download
  • Self-directed taining modules for Doctors - Download
  • FASD booklet for health professionals - Download
  • FASD mobile phone application for doctors and patients     Download

The National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase

Developed by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction with support from the Australian Government Department of Health

National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase (NADK) website draws on the highest quality Australian data to provide accurate and easy-to-understand information about alcohol and other drugs. A series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is used to present data in an easily understood manner.

The Knowledgebase gives health practitioners, researchers, policy makers and the general public a valuable new tool to help them address alcohol-related issues. It provides a concise and user-friendly way of accessing the vast amount of information in existing alcohol-related datasets that cover health, social welfare, law enforcement and education issues. In the first instance, the Knowledgebase addresses alcohol and in the near future other drug topics will also be covered.

The Alcohol Section of the Knowledgebase contains more than 130 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about:

  • Consumption patterns
  • Alcohol use and the workplace
  • Alcohol-related harms
  • The impact of alcohol consumption on crime and violence
  • Treatment
  • Young people.









Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF)

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that has worked for over 40 years to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug problems in the Australian community.

The ADF is a leading provider of drug prevention services accessible to the whole community.Their work focuses on research, information, community development and education, and advocacy.

New Zealand Drug Foundation 

The Drug Foundation has been at the forefront of major alcohol and other drug policy debates for more than 20 years. During that time we have advocated strongly for policies and practices based on the best evidence available.

Ko tēnei rōpū e mōhiotia nei te Tūāpapa Tarukino o Aotearoa, he rōpū kaitiaki. Ko tana whāinga matua kia āraia atu te kino o te mahi kai tarukino, kai waipiro, kai tupeka hoki i ngā wāhi katoa o Aotearoa.

National Drug and Alcohol Service Directory (NDASD)

Allows users to run easy and comprehensive searches for Alcohol and Other Drug services anywhere across Australia.This includes individual service users, primary health providers, community and public service providers, GPs and other health professionals.

DrugInfo - Facts and resources about Alcohol and other Drugs

DrugInfo is a service provided by the Australian Drug Foundation and that offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms. 

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA)

DANA supports the professional development of nurses working in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug field.

Hepatitis NSW

We are the peak community-based hepatitis organisation in the Australian state of New South Wales. We take a partnership approach with people primarily affected by hepatitis C and those working with it.

Lives of Substance

This website has two aims. First, it aims to support people who consider themselves to have an alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit, and second, it aims to inform the public by sharing personal stories of these experiences. 

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

NCETA is a research centre concerned with investigating workforce development in alcohol and other drugs field.

National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

The purpose of NDRI is to contribute to the overall aim of the National Drug Strategy, which is to minimise the harm associated with drug use. It does so by undertaking research designed to establish the preventive potential of a number of interventions: legislative, fiscal, regulatory and educational.

NDRI complements the role of its Sydney-based sister organisation, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), whose primary focus is on treatment.

Western Australia Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA)

The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) is the peak body for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) education, prevention, treatment and support sector in Western Australia. Since its establishment in 1984, WANADA's membership has developed to reflect a "whole-of-community" approach to AOD issues. WANADA is an independent, membership-driven not-for-profit association. Paid staff are supervised by an elected board of management comprising agency delegates and individuals drawn from the membership

Oceania Harm Reduction Coalition

The Centre for Harm Reduction brings together people working throughout Asia, and globally, with expertise in the prevention of drug related harm: in particular the prevention of transmission of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C among and from injecting drug users.

Asian Harm Reduction Network

The Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) is the first project of its kind. A global information and support network, created to link and support the courageous people and programs working in Asia to stop HIV among injecting drug users. Hundreds of individuals and organizations

The National Addiction Centre

The National Addiction Centre (formerly the National Addiction Centre (Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction) was established by the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) in 1996 particularly as a resource for the alcohol and drug treatment fields of New Zealand

Mental Health Association NSW Inc

The Mental Health Association NSW Inc promotes opportunities for the people of NSW to achieve their optimal level of mental health through providing information services, education, mutual support and advocacy services

Register of Australian Drug and Alcohol Research

RADAR, a project of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, aims to promote awareness of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs research in Australia.

The register contains up-to-date records of current and recently completed research projects with details of published research. There is also information about researchers, their organisations and research funding bodies.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have updated the guide Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals 2011, which incorporates a number of significant new developments in both the science and practice of cessation support providing health professionals with a valuable resource to help patients keen to stop smoking