QCOSS recently had a visit from the Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drugs agencies (QNADA). It was a great conversation and I think everyone from QCOSS who was involved feels a little bit wiser about this topic now.
It also gave us an opportunity to profile QNADA’s Senior Policy and Engagement Manager, Sue Pope.
QNADA is the peak organisation representing the views of the non-government alcohol and drug sector in Queensland. The organisation provides representation and support to the alcohol and other drugs treatment and harm reduction sectors.
The organisation’s vision is for
A cohesive, sustainable and high quality non-government alcohol and other drug sector that delivers the best possible outcomes for the Queensland community.
The sector has a great advocate in Sue.
“I’m passionate about making a difference in our community and this role allows me to advocate for improved outcomes for both services and people who access them and in turn greater benefits for the community in general.
“I enjoy meeting people and learning about their experiences. There is always so much to learn in a job like this and hopefully by listening and understanding the experience of others, I’ll be able to better advocate and influence for improved outcomes for the sector and the people who access services.”
She believes that stigma and discrimination experienced by many people is a big issue in this sector and impacts on how people access treatment and support.
“I think we have a way to go as a society before we see people first, and addressing stigma and discrimination, including for those with alcohol and other drug issues and other vulnerable people, is an important step.
“It would be great to see more of a community response to supporting people rather than leaving it up to people to navigate the complex systems of support that have been created over time. I would like to see a focus on the person and their needs as a starting point rather than looking at fitting people into a system that may or may not be adequate to meet their needs.”
You can find out more about QNADA here