Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs to be established

Published on 12 Mar 2024

As of 1 July 2024, a new Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs (the Office) will be established.

The Office will sit inside the Mental Health Commission and be responsible for influencing future policy and strategy to strengthen action on alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues across Western Australia.

The establishment of the Office was a result of the 2022 Independent Review of the WA Health System Governance (the Review), which found AOD governance needed improvement. It recommended dedicated leadership, stronger accountability and better collaboration on planning, funding and performance.

In response, a package of reforms was announced that included establishing a working group to consider optimum governance arrangements for AOD into the future.

The working group recommended a dedicated domain for the AOD system, with accountable, transparent and impactful leadership.

View the Minister’s media statement here

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