Sector Capacity Building

WANADA's Sector Capacity Building Project supports WA's alcohol and other drug agencies to improve services and to develop their capacity to work with people who have complex needs.

The project is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health through the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund.

WANADA's support includes:

  • Quality Improvement Support - Supporting agencies to achieve certification against the new Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (Alcohol and other Drug Sector)
  • DDCAT Support - Supporting DoH-funded alcohol and other drug agencies in WA to use the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Tool (DDCAT) to assess their capacity to work with people who have comorbid substance use and mental health concerns.
  • Secondment Pool - WANADA facilitates a secondment pool of experienced alcohol and other drug workers to fill short-term vacancies within the sector. Short-term vacancies may become available while staff take long service leave, for example.
  • Pilot Graduate Placement Program - WANADA will employ two allied health graduates in the first half of 2015. Member organisations are invited to host a graduate for short-term projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of consumers.
  • Student Placements - Supporting university students from allied health fields to complete placements in the alcohol and other drug sector.
  • Green Book Directory of Alcohol and other Drug and Mental Health Services in WA ( - WANADA, in partnership with the WA Association for Mental Health, has developed a directory of AOD and mental health services that builds on our print resource. The Green Book is available as a dedicated online directory and mobile app (jointly funded by the WA Drug and Alcohol Office and the WA Mental Health Commission).

National Evaluation Report

WANADA is a member of the Australian Alcohol and other Drug Peaks Capacity Building Network.

An independent report produced by David McDonald of Social Research and Evaluation has evaluated the capacity building work undertaken by the Australian state and territory alcohol and other drugs (AOD) peak bodies. The report shows that the capacity building work has produced, and is continuing to produce, a more effective, efficient and sustainable AOD sector, producing sound outcomes for AOD clients. For more information, download Evaluation of the Alcohol and other Drugs Peak Bodies' Roles in Building Capacity in the Non-Government Alcohol and other Drugs Sector.

More information about the network and its role can be found in the poster presentation 'Capacity building in the AOD sector: what, how and outcomes' which was awarded a Certificate of Achievement at the 2014 APSAD Conference.

Other Resources

The project follows on from the Improved Services Initiative (ISI), which supported non-government alcohol and other drug agencies to build their capacity to work with people who have both substance use and mental health issues.

Resources developed as part of the ISI Initiative include:

The complete set of Health and Wellbeing Guides in booklet form can be purchased from WANADA. For more information, please download the Health and Wellbeing Guides order form.

More Information

For more information, please contact Maree Stallard via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on (08) 6365 6365.