About the Drug and Alcohol Network

The Drug and Alcohol Network provides a forum for clinicians, managers and consumers to work together to design and promote better healthcare for those seeking treatment for substance use issues.

We work collaboratively to support the development of evidence-based innovative programs, frameworks and models of care to improve the quality and experience of care for consumers.

Drug and Alcohol Network structure

The network is led by a multidisciplinary and representative Executive Committee supported by two co-chairs.

Suzie Hudson
Clinical Advisor Centre for Alcohol and other Drugs, Ministry of Health

Apo Demirkol
Addiction Medicine Specialist, SESLHD

The Network Executive Committee includes representatives from across the drug and alcohol sector including people with lived experience, clinicians, managers and academics. The committee members reflect the diversity of the sector with members from Aboriginal health organisations, primary health networks, the NSW Ministry of Health and the non-government sector.


  • Developing consumer led solutions to addressing stigma and discrimination
  • Workforce development – identifying and addressing gaps
  • Improved collaboration and connection across the sector
  • Sharing examples of innovative practice and models of care
  • Working to improve the outcomes and experience of care for Aboriginal people, families and communities
  • Virtual care and its application in an alcohol and other drug setting
  • Implementing the Alcohol and Drug Cognitive Enhancement (ACE) program

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