Association of Participating Service Users
The Association of Participating Service Users (APSU) is a Victorian consumer representative body at the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC). APSU believes that people who use drug and alcohol services have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
APSU has been set-up to ensure that people who use alcohol and other drug services opinions, ideas and experiences contribute to policy, research, service provision and professional development. APSU draws guidance and direction from an advisory committee made up mostly of consumers. APSU’s membership is free and both consumers and service providers are encouraged to join. APSU has conducted research, developed and disseminated written information materials and newsletters, conducted awareness raising.
- To work collaboratively with key stakeholders to increase community (consumer), participation in drug treatment and care provider systems.
- To increase service user impact on relevant policy development and implementation at the local, state and national level.
- To promote, encourage and assist service users in the development of service user run programs and activities at the local level.
A wealth of consumer participation resources including training materials, handouts, exercises and the instructor toolkit.
Fostering family participation in the Victorian alcohol and other drug sector.
A practical guide to consumer participation in the Victorian alcohol and other drug sector.
A step-by-step practical guide to the three APSU training modules:
- Peer Helper Training
- Experts by Experience
- Speaker Bureau
Experiences of AOD consumers with a criminal record accessing employment and education.
Position paper on remuneration and reimbursement of consumers of alcohol and other drug services.
Primary Care Connect Shepparton NEW Family Peer Support Group Starting April 5th 2017. Established as part of SHARCs Peer Support Capacity Building Project. WHEN? 1st Wednesday of each month from 6pm – 8pm WHERE? 399 Wyndham St, Shepparton A full list of Peer Support Groups for families affected by a loved ones substance use can be found here.Read more
Access Health and Community have been running an Alcohol and Other Drug Peer Support Group for the past 18 months on a Thursday afternoon from 3-4.30pm. Please note that as of January 2017 they are changing the day and time of this group to Friday mornings 10-11.30am. A group will no longer run on Thursday afternoons. The group is facilitated by two peer support workers with lived experience of alcohol and other drug issues. The group…Read more
Barwon Health Peer Support Group – Christmas period break The last group for the year is Friday 16 December 2016 and will resume again on Friday 27 January 2017. Banyule Community Health Peer Support Group – Christmas period break The last group for the year is Thursday 22 December 2016 and will resume again on Thursday 19 January 2017. The group will also be closed on Australia Day, Thursday 26 January 2017. …Read more
2017 autumn – Stigma
2016 spring – Opportunities
2016 autumn/winter – The anniversary edition
2015 winter – This one goes out to the ones we loved
2015 autumn – Privacy, confidentiality, anonymity
2014 spring – Ice
2014 winter – Education
2014 autumn – It’s the little things…
2013 spring – Change
2013 winter – Out of the red & into the black
2013 summer – Consumer participation
2012 spring – Prescription drugs
2012 autumn/winter – Recovery and peer support
2011 spring/summer – Criminal records
2011 winter – Home sweet home
2011 autumn – Smoking
2010 winter – Love
2010 autumn – Gambling and other addictions
2009 summer – Hep C and other stuff
2009 winter – Parenthood
2009 summer – Peers
2008 spring – The black and white of waiting times
2008 autumn – Before it comes to this – teeth and other health issues
2008 summer – Songlines and footprints
2007 spring – Pissed
2007 autumn/winter – Drugs for drugs
2007 summer – Boulevard of broken dreams
2006 spring – Dual diagnosis: under pressure
2006 winter – Centrelink: welfare law turns nasty
Join Speaker Bureau
APSU is inviting expressions of interest from people with a lived experience of alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) misuse and family members affected by a loved one’s AOD misuse to become members of our Speaker Bureau.
APSU’s Speaker Bureau members are people who are willing to speak publically at forums, meetings, presentations, conferences and other community or corporate events. Speaker Bureau members nominate themselves for this role and they choose what topics they are prepared to speak about.
Speaker Bureau members are remunerated as participants (as well as trained and supported by APSU) and are empowered in their endeavor to help raise awareness, overcome stigma and shame, and educate people about addiction, recovery and hope.
The vast majority of evaluations over the years demonstrate that Speakers Bureau members have an immediate, positive, and often transformative effect, on their audience members.
If you would like to become a Speaker Bureau member, please fill out the form below. We will be in contact with you soon and you will be invited to attend an orientation and training session run by APSU.
"Your Feedback Matters"
This quick survey is a way to better understand your experience in accessing the Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment system. By gathering your experiences APSU can work with the AOD treatment sector to make continuous improvements to the system in the future. Alternatively if you would like complete the survey and provide feedback in person with someone at APSU phone:
1300 442 552
Monday – Friday 9 am -5 pm.
(Leave a message for a callback if unattended, engaged or outside business hours).
THIS SURVEY IS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND PEOPLE WHO USE/HAVE USED VICTORIAN AOD SERVICES.
THIS SURVEY IS NOT DESIGNED FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS.
Start Survey – Click Here (opens new window)
Association of Participating Service Users
(Please note this form is for general enquiries/feedback only. If you are applying for a student placement or a volunteer please use the relevant forms in the ”About Us’ section on the SHARC home page.)
Address: 140 Grange Road, Carnegie, 3163
Phone: 9573 1700
Primary Care Connect Shepparton NEW Family Peer Support Group
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