HCC hosted the Transitional Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Group (AODAG) from 2015 until July 2018 when a newly incorporated organisation was established – the Alcohol and Other Drug Consumer & Community Coalition, (AODCCC). This association is a first in WA and there is nothing like it nationally. WA has a unique opportunity to ensure the AOD voice is heard at the systemic level as well as at service level.
Regular updates of the activities of the AODCCC are available on these links:
Our AGM, where a full annual report on all activities and expenditures will be provided, is due to fall in November 2019 and we will be discussing the date for this at our next meeting. Stay tuned for AGM date.
As always, we welcome your questions, comments or feedback. In the past this has been dealt with by Juanita who has managed the bulk of the communications from the AODCCC however now that new roles are being established any correspondence to the Board will need to go through the Secretary, Grant Smith, via email@example.com, who will bring these matters to the Board for a formal response.
We welcome you to join and be a part of this unique endeavour. Feel free to share this web page within your personal and professional networks to others aligned with the AODCCC’s purpose. Questions and enquiries may be directed to email firstname.lastname@example.org or the Facebook page
In 2015, the Health Consumers’ Council was funded to co-ordinate a project to build on the recommendations from the November 2014 Forum, Improving Consumer Involvement in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector. An Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Group (AODAG) was set up to oversee progress. Membership of the AOD AG was government, not for profit organisations and consumers. The quorum noted that 50% of consumer members needed to be in attendance for the meeting to progress in recognition of their membership as vital to the legitimacy of the work. The project was undertaken by a consumer consultant and overseen by the AOD AG to specifically address two of the Recommendations, listed below. You can read the full document here.
- to develop a common set of principles for engagement
- outline best practice engagement strategies for the sector
In 2017 the WA Primary Health Alliance funded HCC to support the ongoing work of the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Group (AODAG), a transitional group to oversee a new project entitled “Improving Consumer Involvement in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector”.
A key vision of the AOD AG has always been to ensure the voice of the AOD consumer is heard at state and federal policy level, as well as at the service provision level. We held an AOD Consumer Peak Think Tank on 20 February to seek feedback on what had been done so far, whether people wanted an incorporated AOD Consumer Peak, what training they would like to see to support their role as consumer representatives and how they wanted to be involved in the next steps. Consumers included current users, service users, potential service users, family members and supporters. Background information about the forum can be found here and the project report is available here.
Further consultation was undertaken between March and July 2018 to confirm the incorporation of an independent consumer organisation. By July 2018 incorporation was approved and AODCCC was established.