This toolkit contains useful resources, factsheets and guidelines for working with women.


Alcohol & Other Drug Use

Gender Responsive Model of Care (2016)

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.

Gender Responsive Model of Care 

NADA Practice Resource: Working with Women Engaged in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (2016)

Improving service provision to women means acknowledging their unique experiences and perspectives, enhancing the best practice approaches AOD treatment services already have in place or adopting philosophical perspectives that give a greater voice to the needs of women.

This NADA resource is a practical guide to supporting workers and organisations to provide best practice interventions for women accessing alcohol and other (AOD) treatment. The resource provides a range of information to support you in your work including:

·        Women in AOD treatment settings

·        Creating an enabling environment for women in AOD treatment

·        Improving access and retention for women from a diverse range of backgrounds

·        Pregnancy, parenting and AOD

·        Developing and strengthening partnerships

·        Organisational change and self-care

·        Useful resources

Download a copy of the resource here.


Family & domestic violence

1800Respect Frontline Workers Toolkit 2015

To mark the start of 16 Days of Activism, 1800RESPECT launched an educational toolkit for frontline workers across Australia. The toolkit has good practice information, videos, apps and tools to help workers provide the best support possible. The toolkit will help anyone that works with women – nurses, GPs, teachers, counsellors, local government, health or community services workers and many more – to better recognise the signs of sexual assault, domestic or family violence and equip them with the skills to respond well.

1800RESPECT has also released a resource to help family and friends recognise and respond to loved ones experiencing violence.

1800RESPECT toolkit

Family Safety Pack 2015

The Department of Social Services

In the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 the Australian Government committed to understanding and addressing violence against women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and improving support available to CALD women. The family safety pack aims to reduce violence against women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, by ensuring they understand their rights and where to get support if needed. It also aims to strengthen support for women coming to Australia on a Partner Visa, by providing information on the family violence visa provisions and available support. The pack has been translated into 22 different languages and contains information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage.

The pack includes four fact sheets on the following topics:

  • domestic and family violence
  • sexual assault
  • forced and early marriage
  • family violence and partner visas.

The pack also includes a low literacy storyboard.

To access the Family Safety Pack please click here 

Supporting Patients Experiencing Family Violence - Australian Medical Association Resource  

This resource has been developed to assist medical practitioners in identifying and responding to patients who have experienced or are experiencing family violence. The medical profession has a key role to play in the early detection, intervention and treatment of patients who have experienced family violence. Responding effectively to family violence requires knowledge of the physical and emotional consequences of the violence, an understanding of appropriate and inappropriate responses, and having good networks with local family violence services.

Supporting Patients Experiencing Family Violence – A resource for medical practitioners


Gender equity

Gender Analysis: Making Policies, Programs and Services Gender-Aware

Office for Women’s Policy (Western Australia)

This guide to gender analysis not only raises awareness of the gender equality issue but also offers clear and accessible information for applying gender analysis to policy, program and service design. This guide offers a practical starting point for addressing challenges and implementing sustainable outcomes in the lives of women and men. It is a useful tool for all sectors to apply gender analysis from conception and design to implementation and evaluation of any policy, program, project or service.

Access the Gender Analysis tool