WOMEN’S AOD SERVICES NETWORK, VICTORIA
The Gender Responsive Model of Care has captured core elements of practice to inform and guide policy, practice, research/evaluation and future aspirations. These elements are as follows. 1. A client-centred, gender responsive approach 2. Trauma informed practice 3. Family inclusive practice 4. A Strengths-based and resilience oriented framework A gender-responsive approach attends to the experiences of women and, in the context of AOD treatment, focuses on how substance use and dependence is shaped by gender. It also explores how the socialisation process can impact treatment experiences. Being gender-responsive means that the planning of AOD interventions, the language used, how it is delivered and by who, is explored and developed according to the experiences of women.