Quality Improvement

The Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (Alcohol and other Drug Sector) assists alcohol and other drug agencies and their staff, management and boards to work on the continuous quality improvement of their services.

Alcohol and other drug agencies throughout Australia can have the quality of their service recognised through certification against the Standard.

Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (Alcohol and other Drug Sector)

WANADA has developed the standard in consultation with the WA AOD sector and with Indigenous alcohol and other drug services Australia-wide, thanks to support from the WA Drug and Alcohol Office and the Australian Government's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH). The Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (AOD Sector) is supported by an interpretive guide to assist agencies in achieving certification. In Western Australia, the Standard supersedes the WA AOD Sector Quality Framework and can be used by alcohol and other drug agencies throughout Australia.

The standard is the first to require that services define and understand their target population, whether it be men, women, young people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or people from a particular location.

Eight agencies have met the requirements of the Standard, with another six WA agencies working towards certification as part of WANADA's pilot project. A further seven agencies are now working towards quality improvement in preparation for audits against the Standard in 2014.

Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (AOD Sector) is freely available online.

Interpretive Guide and Supporting Documents

The companion Interpretive Guide is currently under review. Please contact Lauren Pope at WANADA on (08) 6365 6365 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request a hard copy.

AOD Knowledgebase

The AOD Knowledgebase is WANADA’s online documents and links resource for our members and associates in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector. To access the AOD Knowledgebase, visit aodknowledgebase.wanada.org.au.

For more information, please read the AOD Knowledgebase pamphlet.

If you would like to request access, please send your request, including your name and organisation name, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (AOD Sector) Support Project

WANADA has successfully sought funding from the Drug and Alcohol Office to contribute significantly to the costs of being independently audited against the Standard. Only 8 places are offered each financial year for the next 3 years (13/14, 14/15 and 15/16). WANADA will also offer hands-on support.

If your agency seeks financial assistance to achieve accreditation, please download -

Or for more information, please contact Angela Corry on (08) 6365 6365 or e-mail WANADA via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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