Alcohol and Other Drug
Consumer & Community Coalition
The Alcohol and Other Drug Consumer & Community Coalition (AODCCC) was incorporated in June 2018 in response to the need and support for an AOD specific consumer advocacy body. We have received funding from the Mental Health Commission in order to progress our establishment.
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Mission, Vision & Values
To promote the interests, education and welfare of those affected by alcohol and other drug use.
Community understanding shaped by the voice of people and families with lived experience of Alcohol and Other Drugs.
The following set of values were developed utilising consultation inputs from the consumer and community think tank held in 2018:
We acknowledge the legitimacy of everyone’s experience and provide a safe space for diverse views to be shared.
We look for opportunities to bring consumers, family, community, policy makers and providers together for real change.
We consult broadly and are open about our intent, activities and outcomes.
We share bold visions and take courageous steps towards what is needed in the community.
We respect and value the different perspectives and experiences of alcohol and other drug use.
In 2015, the Health Consumers’ Council (HCC) was funded by the Mental Health Commission (MHC) to co-ordinate a project to build on the recommendations from the November 2014 Forum, Improving Consumer Involvement in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector.
An Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Group (AODAG) comprised of government agencies, not for profit organisations, and consumers was set up to oversee progress.
Over time, this group imposed a 50% consumer quorum to ensure the group maintained consumer led focus and leadership.
The project specifically addressed the following recommendations:
- to develop a common set of principles for engagement.
- outline best practice engagement strategies for the sector.
As a result, a consumer consultant was hired to undertake this work and, the ‘Principles and Best Practice Strategies for Consumer Engagement in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector in Western Australia’ was delivered to the MHC in January 2017.
In March 2017 the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) funded the HCC to support the ongoing work of the AODAG to progress toward incorporation and the development of consumer training. With this funding, the group became the Transitional AODAG.
Additional funding was received from the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (WANADA) and broad consultation in relation to these deliverables was undertaken.
In June 2018 the Alcohol and Other Drug Consumer & Community Coalition (AODCCC) was Incorporated, the constitutional purpose being, “to promote the interests, education and welfare of those affected by alcohol and other drug use”. It was decided that family and significant others were to be recognised as equal consumer members and that an avenue for broader community inclusion was necessary, hence the name “Consumer & Community Coalition”.
Following the establishment of the AODCCC an interim committee was formed. This committee began to build a membership base and progressed to the 1st Annual General Meeting where a Board of 12 were elected. In January 2019 a small capacity building grant from WACOSS was received to hold community consultations in order to submit to the parliamentary inquiry “Alternate approaches to reducing illicit drug use and its effects on the community”.
This document was written on the basis of feedback from 80 participants and submitted to the Inquiry Committee in Feb 2019. Soon after this the AODCCC began funding negotiations with the MHC and have since received funding toward establishment the next two years. The delivery of the AODCCC Mission, Vision and Values marks the achievement of successfully meeting the first funding deliverables.