The ACT ATOD Workers Group is involved in the development, implementation, coordination, evaluation and promotion of key sector support activities for the ATOD sector in the ACT. The group identifies and seeks to respond to a range of issues relevant to frontline workers. The group continues to function as an essential component of the ACT ATOD sector governance and acts as a key advisory structure to ATODA.
The group implemented a workplan of diverse activities over the last 12 months with secretariat support provided by ATODA. Some priorities included:
- Informing ATODA’s capacity building and policy activities;
- Coordinating the implementation of the ACT ATOD Workforce Profile;
- Driving the identification of priorities related to increasing methamphetamine related harms in the ACT;
- Appointing and supporting a group member to participate on the ATODA Board.
The ACT ATOD Workers Group met on 1 February 2018, and are progressing work across a range of areas. If you would like to get involved, please review the information below and liaise with the Workers Group representative from your agency.
Activities / discussions included:
- Reporting Hepatitis ACT various education and information sessions and announcement of John Didlick, Hepatitis ACT Executive Officer, moving to Hepatitis Australia. The group expressed their thanks to John for his contributions and best wishes.
- Update on CAHMA’s activities including outreach, education and information sessions on harm reduction, naloxone, and health promotion. Also welcoming Eva-Lee Williams and Monica Ruffy who joined The Connection team.
- Reporting on Karralika’s programs availability and new counsellor delivering pre-program counselling focussed around family
- Reporting on CatholicCare’s Sobering Up Shelter and outreach program and new team leader
- Update on Toora Women’s program capacity, and other activities including drop-in information and education program and the methamphetamine education program. Also welcomed their new senior worker: Nicole Ter Horst
- Reporting on Canberra Recovery Service and Everyman program; and two new managers: Captains Daniel and Amanda Ross
- Reporting on ADS involvement with the ACT Drug and Alcohol Court and upcoming accreditation process
- Update on the AOD Safer Families Project and the submission of the final Report to ACT Health in December 2017
- Update on the ACT ATOD Services Directory including process for the next edition
- Promoting the upcoming Qualification Strategy trainings including the Remaining Units of the Certificate IV in AOD (http://www.atoda.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ACT_ATOD_QS_Remaining-Units_2018_Final.pdf) and discussing tobacco training needs
- Promoting the Pathways of Alcohol Change Survey, by NDARC, available at: https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5Bw3eTRrGapzRHv
- Discussing the National Projects being conducted by the State and Territory AOD Peaks
- Updating on the Workers Group Workplan and Terms of Reference
- Planning for the Workforce Profile and Service User Satisfaction and Outcomes Survey activities in 2018
- Update on the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm service information, Drug and Alcohol Court, Territory-wide Health Services Plan and the ACT ATOD Strategy
For further information about the ACT ATOD Workers Group contact ATODA on email@example.com
- Thursday 1 February 2018
- Thursday 1 March 2018
- Thursday 5 April 2018
- Thursday 3 May 2018
- Thursday 7 June 2018
- Thursday 5 July 2018
- Thursday 2 August 2018
- Thursday 6 September 2018
- Thursday 4 October 2018
- Thursday 1 November 2018
- Thursday 6 December 2018
Please note that these meetings will be held from 12pm – 2pm.
The objectives of the Workers Group are to:
- Participate in the development, implementation, coordination, evaluation and promotion of key sector support activities including those identified in the ACT ATOD Strategy 2010 – 2014 (e.g. ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Services Directory);
- Regularly identify and communicate a range of issues, including those experienced by clients, workers, and services and identify appropriate actions to address these;
- Actively inform and contribute to the work of ATODA, including representation on the ATODA Board of Management (e.g. policy submissions);
- Develop, monitor, implement regular workplans; and,
- Participate in evaluative and other reporting activities as identified.
The ACT ATOD Workers Group Terms of Reference outlines further details regarding the purpose, roles and membership of the group.
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
(02) 6249 6358