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Gender Sensitive AOD Services

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The Gender Responsive Services project began in 2016 when Marion joined the team at DEN. Marion’s background was in Women’s Health and therefore noticed quite quickly that a systematic gender lens had not been applied to the Tasmanian ATOD sector. Anecdotal evidence of siloing and gaps in service between the women’s, mental health and ATOD sectors further drove the project forward. As a starting point, Marion suggested a forum that gathered representatives of all of those sectors to begin discussion about how services could be improved for women and women with children.


Action Plan

The Gender on the Agenda Action Plan has been distributed to all participants and is now underway with working groups progressing the actions.

Some of the gaps and issues identified were recorded in an Issues Brief which has been presented to Government and can be used as an evidence base for advocacy, funding applications and resource allocation.

In 2017 we are developing two training options as identified in the Action Plan: Gender responsive frameworks for Practice, and Identifying and responding to Family Violence for the ATOD sector.



This will be an ongoing project that as actions from the plan are achieved new ones will emerge to take their place.

For further information contact DEN via email or phone and ask for Marion.


Gender on the Agenda Forum

The Gender on the Agenda Forum ran in July 2016 and attracted over 75 participants from across the state. The day was full of energy and ideas and a those ideas were captured in writing.
We then ran follow up workshops in each region where these ideas were gathering into an Action Plan. This Action Plan has since been refined and distributed.

Women, Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource

A resource was  written to accompany the forum and was distributed on the day to provide background information and context to participants. Women Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs is a DEN file that can be read and downloaded from our Resources Page.