Drug + Alcohol Info

The must know information for workers supporting young people with AOD support needs.

Youth AOD Work

6 Tips for Schoolies Survival

YoDAA brings you the ultimate harm reduction guide....

Youth AOD Work

Past YoDAA E Newsletters

YODAA's fortnightly newsletter is a celebration of all things youth AOD. Highlighting new initiatives, best practice, news, events, resources and the amazing youth AOD work being done on the ground. ...

Youth AOD Work

The importance of accurate and balanced info

Many of us are familiar with an approach to providing drug information that exaggerates the dangers of substance use, highlighting a worst case scenario in the hope of scaring young people off trying substances....

Youth AOD Work

Top Tips for working with young people using Meth

Does the rise in ice mean workers need to completely rethink how we support young people with ice related issues? Or do we simply need to emphasise particular approaches that have long been in the repertoire of youth workers? ...

Youth AOD Work

What does "Recovery" from mental illness mean?

Youth workers supporting young people accessing mental health services may have heard the term “recovery” used in reference to frameworks supporting care and support....

Youth AOD Work

Mental health as a resource for life

If you ask a young person how their mental health is they often answer according to whether or not they have problems. ...

Youth AOD Work

What is evidence based practice?

It is virtually impossible to support young people, or work in a health related profession without hearing the term “Evidence based practice”. ...

Youth AOD Work

Coping with Cravings 101: distraction

Anyone who has ever tried cleaning out a bookshelf and ended up spending an hour reading knows the power of distraction! Harness this power to help a young person cope with alcohol and other drug cravings....

Youth AOD Work

Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

Is a young person you work with easily startled or often tense an on edge? Complaining of fatigue or trouble sleeping at night? Do they have poor concentration or react strongly to particular tastes, smells or sounds? ...

Youth AOD Work

Talking About Trauma - Coping Strategies

You know a young person has experienced trauma and suspect their distress is contributing to substance use, but where to take the conversation from here? ...

Youth AOD Work

4 Top Tips for Talking About Trauma

A significant portion of young people accessing drug and alcohol services have experienced trauma of some sort. So understanding how to respond is crucial. ...

Youth AOD Work

Client-centred screening and assessment

Youth AOD processes and tools should demonstrate evidence-based characteristics of effective youth AOD service provision. How does being client-centred, one such characteristic, apply to screening and assessment? ...

Youth AOD Work

What is "assertive" outreach?

Assertive outreach is an effective and crucial method of delivering services to the most hard to reach groups of young people needing AOD support. This article explains what assertive outreach is....

Youth AOD Work

Young Women in Youth AOD services

We often (rightly) emphasise the need for culturally inclusive and appropriate practices in our services. But have you thought about gender differences and the needs of young women accessing (or not) Youth AOD services?...

Youth AOD Work

Strength-based screening and assessment

As one of the characteristics of effective Youth AOD work, we often talk about strength-based approaches but how is this applied to screening and assessment? ...

Youth AOD Work

Harm Reduction

For Youth AOD work to be effective it must be philosophically aligned to Harm Reduction....

Youth AOD Work

Developmentally appropriate screening and assessment

It goes without saying that a key characteristic of effective Youth AOD work is to work in a developmentally appropriate way. What does this mean in the context of screening and assessing young people? Here are some tips....

Youth AOD Work

Why does AOD work need a specialist youth approach?

Youth AOD work is not simply a "younger version" of AOD work with adults. Understanding how and why a youth specific system was developed can remind us today of how important a youth approach is....

Youth AOD Work

Who are youth AOD clients?

Although every young person has their own personal story, exploring the circumstances of young people who access youth AOD services reveals some consistent patterns...

Youth AOD Work

What makes a good Youth AOD Worker?

Research into effective service delivery, our own practice wisdom and feedback from young people tells us a lot about the characteristics of a good Youth AOD Worker....

Youth AOD Work

What is youth AOD work?

Youth AOD work is not limited to support provided by specialist Youth AOD services. All youth workers should be in a position to support, in some way, a young person who uses drugs or alcohol....

Youth AOD Work

Screening and assessment overview

Agencies use varying screening and assessment processes. Despite this there are some key non-negotiable practices that will ensure screening and assessment is consistent with the characteristics of effective Youth AOD work. ...


What is a UDS?

A UDS is a Urine Drug Screen. It’s a test that means taking a ...

See All FAQ's

Ask us anything about drugs, alcohol or just your general wellbeing. We will do our best to respond within 72hrs.

Ask a question


Contact YoDAA


is a digital tool designed to help young people (and their supporters) consider where they are at in relation to their drug and alcohol related needs. It encourages help seeking where necessary and offers next steps for help and support.

Go to tool



YoDAA is powered by YSAS in close collaboration with the following partner organisations.

Become a partner