The Drug and Alcohol Office provides and contracts a statewide network of services relating to prevention, treatment, professional education and training and research activities in the drug and alcohol sector.
We are a statutory authority called the Western Australian Alcohol and Drug Authority (WAADA), accountable to the Minister for Mental Health. Aligned with WA Health, our functions are set out in the Alcohol and Drug Authority Act 1974.
The Drug and Alcohol Office aims to prevent and reduce the adverse impacts of alcohol and other drugs in the Western Australian community. The values of the Drug and Alcohol Office are:
Respect - respectful in our behaviour towards our clients, communities and our colleagues.
Integrity - honest and genuine in our actions and words.
Open and accountable - inclusive in our decision making, willing to explain our actions and learn from experience.
Quality and excellence - quality and excellence in our individual performance, programs and services.
Cultural security - cultural security is integral to our values.
At the Drug and Alcohol Office we:
- provide or contract counselling and treatment services
- deliver public health education campaigns aimed at creating a safer drinking culture in Western Australia and reducing harm from illegal drug use
- support local drug action groups and school drug education
- provide education and training activities for workers and volunteers in the drug and alcohol sector
- deliver prevention and early intervention programs including programs for Aboriginal people
- develop and coordinate whole-of-government policies and strategies
- undertake research and publish reports that relate to drug and alcohol use.