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Key Workforce Development Links

State Links

For further information regarding the workforce development strategies and initiatives adopted in your state, please see below:




National Links

The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) is dedicated to raising awareness about the problems related to the use of alcohol and other drugs, and to promoting improved standards in clinical practice and in research into this and allied subjects.

APSAD offers two major forms of professional development for health professionals. The first is the Society's scientific journal, the Drug and Alcohol Review. The second is the Annual Drug and Alcohol Conference.

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) is the peak nursing organisation in Australasia providing leadership to nurses and midwives with a professional interest in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) issues. DANA aims for excellence & the ongoing improvement of quality care in nursing in all practice contexts. DANA also welcomes non-professional peers who have a concurrent interest in the aims of the Association, to promote collaborative partnerships that aim to achieve similar goals.

The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) is the peak, national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and other drugs sector.

The Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council (CSHISC) is the national advisory body on the skill and workforce development requirements of these industries, and the architect of national health and community services training packages.

Of Substance is a free, triannual magazine that addresses alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) issues and problems in Australia today. The magazine's primary audience is frontline workers in the drug and alcohol field, however, it is highly relevant to individuals and organisations from many related sectors including health professionals, social workers, educators, researchers, law enforcers and policy-makers.

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine provides a collegiate home for Addiction Medicine specialists and has the following objectives:

  • to promote the study of and the advancement of knowledge in the field of Addiction Medicine
  • to promote and encourage high levels of skill and expertise and high ethical standards in the practice of Addiction Medicine
  • to raise and maintain the educational standards of medical graduates wishing to enter the field of Addiction Medicine
  • to act as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation in matters of educational or public interest in connection with the field of Addiction Medicine
  • to foster collaboration with clinicians and other persons and organisations to advance knowledge in the field of Addiction Medicine
  • to encourage research in matters connected with the field of Addiction Medicine
  • to guide continuing professional development in practitioners qualified in Addiction Medicine.  

International Links

United Kingdom

The Home Office has responsibility for the UK Drug Strategy and AOD workforce development in the UK.

The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for the substance use field in the UK and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector.


The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. Of particular relevance is the Canadian Network of Substance Abuse and Allied Professionals website.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. 

United States of America

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a US federal Government agency that contributes to workforce development and the expansion of treatment capacity through the Knowledge Application Program.

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) is a nationwide, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field. The ATTC Network serves to:

  • Raise awareness of evidence-based and promising treatment and recovery practices
  • Build skills to prepare the workforce to deliver state-of-the-art addictions treatment and recovery services, and
  • Change practice by incorporating these new skills into everyday use for the purpose of improving addictions treatment and recovery outcomes.

The ATTC has developed The Change Book: A blueprint for technology transfer. This step-by-step handbook is a guide to implementing research into practice, and includes the Principles, Steps, Strategies and Activities for achieving effective change.