DASSA's Community Partnership Program

A chance to have your say

Would you like to provide a compliment, suggestion or complaint? DASSA has a process for clients, their families and other community members to provide feedback to DASSA. For more information, please read the:

An opportunity to be involved

DASSA values lived experience, and is committed to involving its community (clients, their families and people impacted by alcohol, tobacco or other drug policy) in all matters affecting them. Our Community Partnership Program enables community members to be actively involved in DASSA, and ensures that community perspectives are always considered.

The benefits of being part of the Community Partnership Program include:

  • creating higher quality services
  • being heard regarding experiences
  • creating policies that are more reflective of community concerns
  • a greater ability to have concerns and complaints responded to or acted upon a healthy outlet to share community experiences
  • greater empowerment
  • connection with others who have similar experiences
  • gaining new skills.

How to get involved

To find out more, or be actively involved in DASSA, please contact our Community Partnership Program on 0466 480 811 or at Health.DASSACPP@sa.gov.au

Participants can choose their level of involvement

Options include:

  • Community Network
    • A register of community members who are contacted regularly to be informed of DASSA business, given opportunities to provide feedback or share their experience, and offered opportunities to participate in time limited activities. Expressions of interest for a Community Representative position will be open to all members of the Community Network. No National Police Check is required to fully participate in the online forum or attend a single event that is supported by staff.
  • Community Representative
    • Recruited to a specific role/function or committee, and partners with DASSA in the planning, design, delivery, evaluation and improvement of care and services. This role requires applicants to undergo an interview, show evidence of a recent National Police Check and COVID-19 vaccinations, and complete a statement of interest, confidentiality agreement and five online training modules.

DASSA values the contributions of community members and offers reimbursement payments for time given and out-of-pocket costs, as outlined in the SA Health Sitting Fee Policy.

How to request a member of DASSA's Community Participation Program

Are you a worker at an alcohol and other drug service?

Members of the Community Network are available to present their experience or provide advice to your organisation. If you are interested in such an opportunity, please contact the Community Partnership Program with relevant details via email Health.DASSACPP@sa.gov.au.

Resources for community members

Resources for Community Representatives

Resources for SA Health services/staff, and forms to request a participant