Department of Health

Alcohol and other drug workforce

The Victorian alcohol and other drug treatment services workforce performs a vital role in providing effective, safe and high-quality alcohol and other drug treatment and support services.

The alcohol and other drug treatment sector includes alcohol and other drug workers, nurses, clinical consultants, general practitioners, addiction medicine specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, peer workers, occupational therapists, researchers, trainers, managers and administrators. Most are multiskilled, tertiary educated and experienced in working with people who have complex needs.

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the alcohol and other drug sector to address people’s needs and respond to these challenges, particularly those individuals and communities who are most vulnerable and adversely impacted. Responsive and outcomes-focused service requires a workforce that is capable, supported and sustainable.

Building the capability, capacity and sustainability of the workforce to meet the government’s vision for the sector is a complex challenge. It requires a long-term outlook and a whole-of-sector perspective.

Reviewed 12 April 2023


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