New policy position paper

This Systemic Responses: Child Protection position paper is the next iteration of the initial Systemic Responses position paper endorsed by the QNADA board in 2019. Our work on the Responsive Systems project since then has developed our position to be able to separately address issues in the criminal justice system, youth justice system, and child safety system as each has unique intersections with our sector and impacts people who use drugs differently. We want to do a deep dive into each of these systems and suggest how they could improve their responses to better align with evidence on what works to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

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Refreshed resource – Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Treatment Fact Sheet

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Treatment Fact Sheet for non-AOD Treatment Services has recently been updated. 

This fact sheet outlines and discusses some key fundamental elements of the AOD treatment and harm reduction sector. It contains information on common AOD service options, the use of non-stigmatising language, harm reduction advice, and how to make a referral to an AOD service. This resource is suitable for anyone who are new to or hasn’t worked in the AOD sector. 

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Working with AOD Clients Experiencing Housing Issues & Homelessness Fact Sheet

The Working with AOD Clients Experiencing Housing Issues & Homelessness Fact Sheet has recently been refreshed. We know AOD workers are likely to work with clients who may experience issues with their housing situation, so it’s important to have information on hand to provide support.

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The Working with AOD Clients who Experience Mental Health Issues fact sheet has recently been refreshed

The Working with AOD Clients who Experience Mental Health Issues fact sheet has recently been refreshed.

When a person is experiencing problems with substance use, it’s important for service providers across disciplines and sectors to work together. This fact sheet is designed to provide AOD workers with foundational information and resources to support clients who are experiencing co-occurring AOD and mental health issues.

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New policy position paper

This Systemic Responses: Young People and the Justice System position paper is the next iteration of the initial Systemic Responses position paper endorsed by the QNADA board in 2019. Our work on the Responsive Systems project since then has developed our position to be able to separately address issues in the criminal justice system, youth justice system, and child safety system as each has unique intersections with our sector and impacts people who use drugs differently. We want to do a deep dive into each of these systems and suggest how they could improve their responses to better align with evidence on what works to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

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Submission to the Inquiry into Reducing Rates of E-Cigarette Use in Queensland

This submission discusses a range of issues relevant to the Committee’s terms of reference including:

  • the importance of understanding the limitations of how data around e-cigarette use (vaping) is currently collated and reported;
  • that the overall ‘risks’ of nicotine vaping products are significantly less than those associated with traditional cigarettes and it is important that any perceived risks are balanced against evidence which shows their potential for use as a smoking cessation aid;
  • that any approaches in schools and other settings relevant to children and young people which seek to discourage the uptake and use of e-cigarettes should be evidence informed and accord with ‘what works’ in responding to alcohol and other drug use among young people;
  • the need for a better understanding of the available research about the risks and harms associated with e-cigarettes, which are largely associated with the currently unregulated market; and
  • the overarching need to re-establish a national governance framework for responding to these types of emergent issues in a more coordinated way.

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Submission to the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Policy Service Responses to Domestic and Family Violence

This submission seeks to build on QNADA’s Submission to the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce which considered:

  • the role that non-government alcohol and other drug treatment and harm reduction services can play in responding to domestic and family violence;
  • the ongoing importance of enhancing understanding of the inter-relationship between domestic and family violence and alcohol and other drug use;
  • and the stigma and discrimination faced by victims of domestic and family violence who may use substances (particularly illicit drugs).

In considering the Commission’s Terms of Reference and the experiences of the people engaged with our member services who are impacted by domestic and family violence this submission makes a number of observations in relation to:

  • the impact of stigma and discrimination on if, how, and when victims may seek assistance from police, particularly where they use illicit drugs;
  • the current inability of agencies to safely advocate at an individual, local or systems level where instances of poor service delivery from police may be identified; and
  • the evident disconnect between a stated policy intent and how initiatives are implemented operationally across the Queensland Police Service.

Please click here to read the full submission.

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New policy position paper

This Systemic Responses: Criminal Justice position paper is the next iteration of the initial Systemic Responses position paper endorsed by the QNADA board in 2019. Our work on the Responsive Systems project since then has developed our position to be able to separately address issues in the criminal justice system, youth justice system, and child safety system as each has unique intersections with our sector and impacts people who use drugs differently. We want to do a deep dive into each of these systems and suggest how they could improve their responses to better align with evidence on what works to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Please click on the image below to read and download the full paper.

Submission on the Corrective Services (Emerging Technologies and Security) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

QNADA prepared this submission on the Corrective Services (Emerging Technologies and Security) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 by considering aspects most relevant to our work and our members. Many of our member services support people who have previously been in, or are in, correctional centres or youth detention facilities which provides us with a clear understanding of how any proposed legislative amendments may be implemented or operationalised across Queensland. In the submission we discussed the following points in detail:

  • Modernising the emergency response framework
  • Criminalising evolving behaviours putting corrective services facilities and youth detention centres at risk and the use of x-ray body scanners and other emerging technologies
  • Enhancing information sharing

Please click here to read the full submission.

Submission to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Amendment Bill 2023

QNADA recently made a submission to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Amendment Bill 2023. We have concerns over an increased regulatory response to further reduce smoking rate in Queensland. We think the provision of evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs as part of routine care across all health and community services and in correctional settings, including within alcohol and other drug treatment and harm reduction services, is more beneficial in helping people to reduce their use.

Please refer to the full submission here.

Submission to the Inspector of Detention Services Bill 2021

QNADA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Inspector of Detention Services Bill 2021. We commend the intent of the Bill and recognise the important role that the Inspector of Detention Services will have in ensuring accountability and oversight of detention in Queensland with a view to promoting and upholding the humane treatment and conditions of the people detained.

QNADA members provide a diverse range of alcohol and other drug treatment and harm reduction services to people with alcohol and other drug issues in detention facilities. Our feedback is primarily related to the provisions around the interactions between the Inspector of Detention Services and alcohol and other drug treatment and harm reduction services delivered in detention facilities, as well as those delivered to people exiting detention facilities or engaged with community corrections.

Please read the full submission here.