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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.

APSU’s Mission

  • 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.


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