Submission to the ACT Budget Consultation 2016 – 2017 (November 2015)
Submission to the ACT Budget Consultation 2015 – 2016 (October 2014)
Submission to the ACT Budget Consultation 2014 – 2015 (October 2013)
Submission to the ACT Budget Consultation 2013 – 2014 (February 2013)
Submission to the ACT Budget Consultation 2012 – 2013 (February 2012)
Submission to the ACT Budget Consultation 2011 – 2012 (December 2010)
The Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) provided a submission to the consultation on the future directions of the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. It responded to Appendix A: Questions to form the basis of submissions to the consultation process – Future Directions of the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program:
- Question 1: Priority focus areas for the ACTHPGP – ATODA does not support the proposed re-prioritisation and narrowing of the ACTHGP presented in the Future Directions Discussion Paper.
- Question 2: A minimum threshold for grants – ATODA supports the provision of a broader spectrum of funding opportunities, rather than applying a minimum threshold for grants.
- Question 3: Multi-year funding – ATODA believes that by supporting multi-year projects, the grants may demonstrate better impact on improving health for people experiencing disadvantage, where interventions often require a more targeted and long term approach.
- Question 4: A two stage grant application process – ATODA in principle supports an initial Expression of Interest process related to grants as it could be useful to identify if projects fit within the remit of the grants and where any gaps may exist to fullfil the need for initiatives across all priority areas.
- Question 6: ACTHPGP Evaluation Processes – ATODA agrees that it is essential and timely to review the evaluation processes for the ACTHPGP, particularly if the grants move to providing larger and longer term funding. ATOD health promotion activities should be evidence informed, and underpinned by robust evaluation mechanisms; and this should be a requirement of funded projects and activities.
The VET sector offers several AOD-specific qualifications, including the Cert IV (AOD), Dip CS (AOD), Dip CS (AOD/MH), and AOD skill sets/stand alone units. It is of the utmost importance that these qualifications equip the future AOD workforce with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively deal with AOD issues. However, recent research and discussions with key stakeholders have highlighted significant reservations pertaining to the delivery and quality of these qualifications. There exist several issues of concern regarding the qualifications themselves, the trainers and student outcomes.
ATODA participated in a joint submission to the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council which provided information on the challenges currently facing AOD education, and recommendations for improving VET sector AOD qualifications.
To read the joint submission click here.
Next Step Towards Australia’s First Prison-Based Needle & Syringe Program: Encouraging stakeholders to make submissions to the Draft Strategic Framework for the Management of Blood Borne Viruses in the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2012-2014 (October 2012)
The 2010 ACT Inmate Health Survey Poster (June 2012)
See also Blood Borne Virus submissions
See also Law reform submissions
Keeping Young Canberrans Safe (March 2017)
New Australian Government Drug Policy and Funding Announcements (December 2015)
Last updated 31 March 2016