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ACT ATOD Sector eBulletin - April 2012
ATODA eBulletin -

News from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

ACT ATOD Service User Satisfaction Survey Forum
ATODA, on behalf of the ACT ATOD Sector, will be coordinating the 2012 ACT ATOD Service Users’ Satisfaction Survey. This will build on the work of the previous survey conducted in 2009.
The forum, delivered in partnership with the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy, seeks to present the findings from the previous survey, discuss implications and determine the process for the 2012 survey implementation. The survey seeks to:
  • provide a snapshot of the levels and patterns of satisfaction of service users; and,
  • provide information for monitoring and assessing the outcomes of quality assurance programs implemented by the services that participated in the Survey.
Date: Monday 23 April 2012
Time: 9.30 – 11.30am
Venue: Mental Health Community Coalition Training Room, Level 1, Griffin Centre, Genge St, Canberra City.
RSVP: Essential to ATODA on (02) 6255 4070 or Please provide name, email address, phone number when registering.
Other: Maximum 20 participants – priority will be given to ATOD services participating in the 2012 survey.
Flyer: click here to download
Recent Policy Submissions
ATODA made submissions to four consultations in March. For more information see the Infringement Reform section and the Policy Activities section.

ACT ATOD Services Directory: Version 8
The ACT ATOD Services Directory aims to support workers to make referrals to ATOD services in the ACT, increase cross and intra-sectoral knowledge and foster collaborations. It also aims to better communicate the diverse range of services and programs in the ACT ATOD Sector.
To view the directory electronically or download a copy visit
Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy for ATOD, Mental Health and Youth Workers: Register Now
Access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is now available across all alcohol, tobacco and other drug, mental health and youth services in the ACT to help staff address their tobacco consumption and support quit attempts at no cost to the individual employee. The NRT Policy and registration form can be accessed on the ATODA website (  For further information please contact Kathryn Sequoia on (02) 6255 4070 or at

Minimum Qualification Strategy (MQS)
The ACT is currently in the process of implementing the ACT ATOD MQS. Due to a large number of participants there are 2 groups of students participating in the 4 Core Competencies from the Certificate IV and AOD Work in Semester 1. Upcoming class dates include:

Group 1 Class Dates and Times:
  • 2 – 4 April (9am – 4.30pm)
  • 7 – 9 May (9am – 4.30pm)
  • 4 – 6 June (9am – 4.30pm)
Group 2 Class Dates and Times:
  • 10 – 12 April (9am – 4.30pm)
  • 15 – 17 May (9am – 4.30pm)
  • 12 – 14 June (9am – 4.30pm)
A workshop is also being planned for May 2012 to explore future options for the ACT ATOD MQS. Information will be disseminated through the eBulletin as it becomes available. For more information visit

Other ATODA news and activities are included throughout the eBulletin. 

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Calls for Drug Law Reform Debate

The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen, says the Australia21 report developed from the expert roundtable on illicit drugs held in January 2012. 

The report argues that we need to reopen the debate on prohibition in Australia because prohibition places the production, distribution and control of illicit drugs into the hands of criminals and exposes young people, police and politicians to their corruptive influence. The harms resulting from prohibition substantially outweigh the gains from efforts by police to suppress criminal activity, a fact now accepted by many politicians, police, researchers and leaders of civil society across the world.
View the report at
Widespread coverage of Australia21’s new report in the ACT and national media:
Carr joins call for rethink of drug laws (ABC News, 3 April)
A report to be released today calls for a softer approach on low-level drug crime (The Australian, 3 April)
Julia Gillard is at odds with Bob Carr on the decriminalisation of illicit drugs (The Australian, 3 April)
Drugs war ‘a failure’ that bred criminals (Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April)
Carr calls for 'de facto decriminalisation' of some drugs (Canberra Times, 3 April)
Eminent persons call for end to drug prohibition (ABC News, PM, 3 April)
Bob Carr on drug decriminalisation (ABC News 24, 3 April)

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Drug Action Week 2012

Drug Action Week is the annual ATOD awareness initiative coordinated by the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) and supported by the Federal Government through the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). The theme is "Looking After YOUR Mind!".  Drug Action Week 2012 is scheduled to run from Sunday, 17 June through to Saturday, 23 June.  For more information on Drug Action Week nationally visit
Drug Action Week (DAW) 2012 has received much early support, and the first DAW video of the year is now up and can be viewed on Youtube (, the official DAW Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@DrugActionWeek).
Get involved! ACT Drug Action Week Planning Committee
ATODA, with the support of ATOD and allied services, coordinate Drug Action Week in the ACT. Services have begun planning activities to contribute to the ACT calendar, and planning for the ACT launch and Conference are well underway.
Help to make Drug Action Week 2012 in the ACT the best yet! Anyone can join the Committee, the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 3 May from 9:30am – 10:30am.
Contact ATODA on (02) 6255 4070 or to RSVP or for further information. As information becomes available it will be uploaded at

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ACT Infringements System Reform
An infringement system is an important and effective way to respond to low-level offending and road traffic violations. However, it has been identified that the ACT’s system requires significant reform to mitigate disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged people, including those with ATOD related problems, and be an effective system for collecting revenue.
ATODA has prepared paper to to outline some issues, contextual factors and recommendations for reform to the ACTʼs multiple infringement systems, particularly those that relate to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD).
Download the paper

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Health Reform Update

ATODA, in partnership with the ACT Medicare Local will be monitoring the impacts of Health Reform on the ACT ATOD sector through the General Practice Engagement Working Group. Some recent updates include:
Changes to the Better Access Program: Resources
ACT Medicare Local
In the 2011-12 Budget, changes to the Better Access initiative were announced as part of the Delivering National Mental Health Reform Budget package. These included reducing the number of Medicare rebates available for allied health services from 12 (up to 18 in ‘exceptional circumstances’) to 10 for individuals each calendar year. These changes began on 1 November 2011. On 1 February 2012 the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler MP announced that the Government will be reinstating the additional six allied mental health services available under ‘exceptional circumstances’ for a further year to 31 December 2012.
This provides time for providers and consumers to adapt to the new arrangements and for new mental health services to be established and build capacity to meet the needs of people with more complex needs.
Further information, including a factsheet for providers is available at

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News from the ACT ATOD Workers Group

The ACT ATOD Workers Group met on 8 March 2012, 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 include:
For more information visit

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News from the ACT ATOD Executive Directors’ Group

The Group met in March and discussed key sector issues, including:
  • Engaging with the Health Directorate regarding ATOD services to in-reaching into the Belconnen and Gunghalin Health Centres;
  • Agreement to establish a Reconciliation Working Group;
  • Development of the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm;
  • Strengthening support and processes for consumer representatives;
  • Presentation from the Health Directorate regarding the sector’s engagement with the Health Directorate’s Clinical Services Plan;
  • Reviewing what harm reduction services are being delivered in the AMC;
  • Updated on the ATOD residential services review progress and the the ACT Drug Diversion Evaluation.
For further information please contact Vera van de Velde, Chair, on

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Sector Development, Activities and Events

Inaugural National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Awards
National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC)
Nominations now open.
These Awards recogniseAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug and alcohol workers for their contribution to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Download the information and nomination form at:
The Awards to be presented at the NIDAC 2012 Conference are:
  • Award for Excellence, Female Worker
  • Award for Excellence, Male Worker
  • Encouragement Award
Nominations for the Honour Roll can also be made by downloading the information and nomination form at:
For further information contact Denise Gilchrist at
Nominations close at midnight on Monday, 30 April 2012.

National Drug and Alcohol Awards – NOMINATIONS OPEN
Nominations for the 2012 National Drug and Alcohol Awards (NDAA) are now open. They recognise the many people and organisations that are doing exceptional work to reduce the harm and impact of alcohol and other drugs in Australia.
Date: Friday, 22 June 2012
Venue: Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne
The Awards will be presented at the NDAA Dinner with each Category winner receiving prize money of $2000. The categories are as follows:
  • Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Drug and Alcohol Endeavours
  • Excellence in Prevention and Community Education
  • Excellence in Treatment and Support
  • Excellence in Research
  • Excellence in Services to Young People
  • Excellence in Law Enforcement
  • Excellence in Alcohol and other Drugs Media Reporting
  • Excellence in School Drug Education, and
  • Excellence in Creating Healthy Sporting Communities.
In addition, there will be the announcement of the 2012 inductees for the National Drug and Alcohol Honour Roll – for which nominations can also be made. To find out more about the selection criteria, and access the nomination form visit
Nominations close Monday, 30 April 2012.
2012 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards
Volunteering ACT
Volunteering ACT is now calling for nominations for the 2012 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The Awards ensure that the diverse and generous contribution of volunteers to the well being of our community is publicly recognised and valued.
The Awards acknowledge volunteer service across many activity categories, including the arts, sport, the environment, community services and health.
This year each activity category will have an Award for individual volunteer achievement and for the achievement of teams of volunteers.
Nominations are welcome from community, corporate and government agencies and from individuals.
Go to the Volunteering ACT website at for the nomination form. Nominations close on 6 April2012 and the Awards will be presented at a public event on 15 May 2012.
For further information contact Lynne at or phone 6251 4060.

ACT Closing the Gap Team
ACT Medicare Local
The Closing the Gap team at the ACT Medicare Local can assist people that identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent and are managing complex chronic conditions.
For general practices and other health services (including ATOD services), Closing the Gap can assist you to support the local community, ensuring that your contribution to closing the gap between mortality and chronic conditions of Indigenous people counts.
At the ACT Medicare Local, the Closing the Gap Program includes a Care Coordination and Supplementary Services stream, which can help in the following ways:
  • Provide care coordination to Indigenous people who have a chronic condition (this is a broad category of illness, which either looks like it will last 6 months or more or has lasted 6 months or more). Some examples are; cardiac conditions, respiratory conditions, sexually transmitted infection, mental health issues, arthritis, et al;
  • Provide financial service to community members to access timely and affordable specialist services and allied health professionals;
  • Provide assistance to people with matters regarding employment, housing etc;
  • Provide limited transport to clients of the service; and,
  • Provide cultural awareness training and education to GP’s, community organisations and the broader community; and
  • Provide resources to hospitals, GP’s and community organizations
For more information visit to download the Frequently Asked Questions document.
New Toolkit for tackling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Smoking
Department of Health and Ageing
A new toolkit and resources have been produced to help health workers tackle the high rates of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The kit has been designed to help workers, including pharmacy staff, to understand the role that nicotine replacement (NRT) and other medicines have in helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to stop smoking.
The toolkit, titled Medicines to help Aboriginal and Torres Trait Islander people stop smoking: A guide for health workers has been produced through the Australian Government Tackling Indigenous Smoking initiative.
Free copies are available by contacting the Closing the Gap Campaign at
Launch of new NOFASARD contact number - 1300 306 238
National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders
NOFASARD is pleased to announce the launch of their new 1300 number. If you are a parent, carer, service provider or an adult affected by fetal alcohol exposure and you need information, support, training or resources you can now call 1300 306 238.  Please circulate this number throughout your networks.
For more information contact
ANCD Communiqué – February 2012
Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)
Prior to its regular meeting in February 2012 the ANCD conducted a consultation forum in Melbourne with people that work to address drug and alcohol issues which included presentations from Mr Pier De Carlo (Victorian Department of Health), Mr Sam Biondo  (Victorian Drug and Alcohol Association, VAADA) and Mr David Templeman (Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia, ADCA).
View the communiqué at
Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Problems in Australia: Complex issues, balanced responses
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
The NCETA has undertaken development of Australia’s first National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy. As part of the development of the Strategy NCETA undertook extensive consultations with the field and completed a detailed examination of relevant literature and data which is now available in a published report.
The report focuses primarily on prescription opioids, benzodiazepines and codeine-containing analgesics and is structured in three parts.
Copies of the report can be downloaded from publications section of the NCETA website 
See: Nicholas. R., Lee. N., & Roche, A. (2011). Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse in Australia: Complex Problems, Balanced Responses,National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University;
or hard copies ordered from the NCETA office via 08 8201 7535.
Workplace health and safety resources for alcohol and other drugs
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction
NCETA has undertaken an extensive program of research into alcohol and other drugs in workplace health and safety and have developed many practical resources for use by researchers, policy makers and coalface practitioners.
1. Workplace Drug Testing: Evidence and Issues. Pidd, K., & Roche, AM. (2011) – a comprehensive review.
2. Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing. Pidd, K., Roche, AM., & White, M. (2011) – 4 page flier.
3. Young workers and workplace safety: Guidelines for managing alcohol and other drug risk. Pidd, K., Roche, AM., & Wilson, P. (2011) – a 20 page document.
If you would like hard copies of these resources or further information regarding the work in this area please contact the NCETA reception desk on 08 8201 7535 or email
Electronic copies of these resources can be downloaded from the NCETA website
Drink Tank – a real conversation starter
FARE has announced the launch of a new blog, Drink Tank, which aims to bring people together from across Australia and the globe, to showcase a wide range of opinions and perspectives about alcohol policy and community concerns.
It's not about pushing a prohibitionist agenda, and it's not about public health messages; it's about you, the community!
Drink Tank’s regular contributors include high-profile journalists, community leaders, researchers, policy makers and social entrepreneurs. But more importantly it's a space where your voice is heard, and your questions are answered.
Professor Mike Daube, Director of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, and a connoisseur of fine malt whisky, explodes the myth that health professionals, campaigning against the harms caused by alcohol are ‘anti-alcohol’.
Jump on to Drink Tank and have a look around, make a comment, vote in the poll, or drop us a line with your feedback!
Tweeps can follow Drink Tank at @DrinkTankAU, and you can subscribe to the regular newsletter to keep up to date. We encourage you to spread the word and share the link to the site with your family, colleagues and friends.
Take Note! A Practical Guide to Writing Case Notes
Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre
This new guide to writing case notes was developed by Turning Point researchers and road tested by AOD clinicians, Take Note! A Practical Guide to Writing Case Notes is an evidence-based resource designed to assist AOD clinicians, managers and services in this important aspect of clinical practice.
The guideline covers all aspects of case note writing, from the nuts and bolts of good writing skills, to the structure and consistency of case note models and templates, through to the legal considerations of case notes in Victorian AOD services.
The guideline is available in two formats – the full length version and a quick reference guide.
The full guideline provides detailed information on the what, why, when and how of case notes; case note models and templates; a step-by-step DIY practical section; a comprehensive legal section including FAQs; a systematic literature review which provided the evidence base for the guide; and a manager’s guide to assist services in implementing the guideline.
The guide can be purchased at
Indigenous Worker Wellbeing Resource Kit
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
This resource addresses the very specific needs of Indigenous workers in this sector. It identifies high levels of demand and sources of stress. But it also notes the commitment of Indigenous workers and the rewards associated with the work they do. The resource provides practical strategies to improve Indigenous worker wellbeing at the individual, group, organisational, and community levels.
The Resource Kit contains three separate documents plus a CD-Rom with electronic copies of the documents:
  • Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Workforce Challenges: A literature review of issues related to Indigenous AOD workers’ wellbeing, stress & burnout
  • Indigenous AOD Workers’ Wellbeing, Stress and Burnout: Findings from an online survey
  • Stories of Resilience: Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug Workers’ Wellbeing, Stress and Burnout
Electronic copies of the Indigenous Worker Wellbeing Resource Kit may be downloaded from the NCETA website:
Hard copies of the kit may be ordered:
Alcohol Product Labelling: Update
Last December the Ministerial Food Council largely decided against adopting the recommendations of the Blewett report into food labelling. In alcohol’s case it decided the recommendation on generic warning labels (Rec 24) will be referred to Health Ministers, industry will be allowed two years to adopt a voluntary pregnancy warning label (Rec 25) before this is regulated, FSANZ will be asked to examine energy content labelling (Rec 26) and nutrition information panels (Rec 27) will not be ‘pursued due to potential unintentional health consequences’.
FARE has been following up with various government agencies, in particular with DoHA and FSANZ about next steps and about how actions in relation to recommendations 24, 25 and 26 will be progressed.
New Hepatitis C Treatments
Hepatitis Australia 
The new treatments for hepatitis C which will become available in Australia over the next few years have great potential to offer the chance of a cure for many people with chronic hepatitis C.
This is therefore a good time for people living with chronic hepatitis C to reconsider treatment options and start to plan for a cure.
To assist those people who do not have a scientific or clinical background to learn more about the emerging treatments, Hepatitis Australia has produced ‘A guide to current and emerging treatments for hepatitis C’.
Position Statement: Naltrexone Sustained Release Preparations
The Australian National Council on Drugs has released its position statement on Naltrexone Sustained Release Preparations (Injectibles and Implants), which can be viewed and downloaded from its website at: Position Statement

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Training and Professional Development in the ACT

April - May 2012 Training and Professional Development Calendar
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and the Youth Coalition of the ACT
The ACT Training and Professional Development Calendar collates training and professional development opportunities for workers in the alcohol and other drug, youth, mental health, family support and community sectors.
Download the training calendar at
To include your training in the next calendar, email katrina@youthcoalition.netor call the Youth Coalition on (02) 6247 3540.
ACT Comorbidity Bus Tours
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and the Youth Coalition of the ACT
The Comorbidity Bus Tour seeks to increase the capacity of frontline workers to support people experiencing co-occurring alcohol, tobacco and other drug and mental health issues (comorbidity). The Comorbidity Bus Tour visits a variety of services in the ACT from the alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD), mental health and youth sectors. There are currently 3 bus tours operating (Tour A, B & C) with each tour visiting different services.
Upcoming tour dates:
  • Tour A - Wednesday 2 May
  • Tour B - Wednesday 9 May (fully booked)
  • Tour C - Wednesday 23 May 
  • Tour A - Wednesday 6 June
  • Tour B - Wednesday 13 June 
Cost: Ranges from $50 - $70.
Registration: Contact Katrina on (02) 6247 3540 or
For more information visit
Smoking Cessation Training Course for ACT Workplaces
ACT Government Health Directorate
The Health Directorate is sponsoring a two day Quit Educator's Training course.
Delivered by Quit Victoria, this training is designed for those wishing to deliver the Quit Fresh Start program and to develop knowledge and skills in the area of smoking cessation.
Date: 15-16 May 2012.
A 1 day Refresher course will also be run on the 17 May for those who have already done this Quit educator training in the past.
This training aims to support smoking cessation programs in workplaces and targets:
  • workplace representatives wanting to start programs in their own workplace; and
  • service providers wanting to deliver services in workplaces for employees.
Expressions of interest may also be considered by service providers wanting to deliver services to the community.
This training is fully subsidised but places are limited. For more information contact Patricia Byrne, Health Promotion Branch, Health Directorate on 620 57382 or email
Self Harming Behaviours Course
OzHelp Community Services
"Self Harming behaviours" is a practical two day workshop.
This workshop will look at a method for helping clients to learn new skills for dealing with painful emotional situations so that they may be in a better position to decrease self harming behaviours.
Date: 26 & 27 July 2012
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm both days
Venue: OzHelp Foundation: Unit 6, 41 - 45 Tennant Street, Fyshwick, ACT
Cost: $360 /$ 340 ^
Register by clicking on the relevant course on the Calendar and registration page under the TRAINING tab of the website
Registration closes 9 July 2012

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Interstate Conferences and Symposiums

ATDC 2012 Challenging Conversations: Creating an inclusive system
Alcohol, Tobacco & other Drugs Council Tas Inc.
The conference aims to provide an opportunity for those working in the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (ATOD) and related sectors to engage in conversations that challenge the way we think about our industry and provide our services. 
The conference will address challenges and opportunities in the following areas:
  • Providing clinical and community care
  • Creating effective collaborative networks
  • Expanding workforce development
  • Managing sustainable organisations
  • Embedding consumer choice as a tenet of policy and program development
Date: 15-16 May 2012-02-03
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
The call for abstracts is now open.
For further information visit

Crime prevention and communities: Social and environmental strategies for safer neighbourhoods
Australian Institute of Criminology
Australian and International speakers will discuss social and environmental projects and programs; urban and community planning and safety; crime prevention and safety in Indigenous communities; and the design development, implementation and evaluation of crime prevention programs.
This conference presents an opportunity for those crime prevention practitioners, police, urban planners, non-government organisations and policy makers to come together and advance the knowledge and thinking around this burgeoning – and successful – area of community safety and security.
Date: 4 – 5 June 2012
Venue: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Call for abstracts are now open.
For more information or to register visit

Beyond 2012: Leading the Way to Action
National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC)
This conference aims to highlight how the sector is able to lead the way to action in addressing the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs and its associated harms among Indigenous Australians.
Date: 6 - 8 June 2012
Venue: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Western Australia
Call for papers and online registration is now available at
Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Annual Conference 2012
Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia
The 2012 DANA conference is themed “In the Age of Complexity”.
The conference is open to anyone with an interest in sharing their knowledge and experience in working with drug and alcohol issues. This conference will bring together nurses and other allied health professionals from all types of settings. 
DANA encourages your involvement in the 2012 DANA conference and present some of your work and research to enable this event to be our most memorable ever!
Date: 13-15 June 2012
Venue: Melbourne
The call for submission of abstracts for oral presentations and posters is now open at
For further information visit

Australia’s Health 2012 Conference
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The conference will highlight the latest authoritative information on the health of Australians, and the Australian health system, in the context of health reforms.
This national conference is a fantastic opportunity to network with health colleagues and join in the discussion with Australia's leading decision-makers on critical health issues.
Date: 21 June 2012. Registration from 8:00am
Venue: National Convention Centre Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT. 

For more information and to register visit
13th International Mental Health Conference
Public Health Association of Australia
The theme for this years conference is "Positive Change: Investing in Mental Health".
The 13th International Mental Health Conference will focus on the complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians (aged 18 -- 24 years) struggling with schizophrenia, depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar, anxiety disorders and drug use and drug induced psychosis. With 7% of Australian children and adolescents (aged 0-17 years) experiencing mental health problems and only one in four receiving professional health care, a positive change is long overdue.
The conference will examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.
Date: 6-8 August 2012
Venue: Outrigger Inn (formerly Holiday Inn), Gold Coast, Queensland
Call for papers is now open at
Population Health Congress 2012
Public Health Association of Australia
The overall theme of the Congress will be ‘Population health in a changing world’ to reflect the dynamic environment in which the broad public health field needs to, and does, operate.
Date: 10 - 12 September 2012
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia
Call for abstract submission and online registration now available at

The First International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Institute of Police Management, University of Melbourne
A conference to establish and investigate the role of law enforcement in relation to public health.
Law enforcement, especially through police forces, has a crucial but largely unacknowledged role in the protection and promotion of the public health. This conference is about the inter-relationship of law enforcement and public health, with invited papers from world experts in specific aspects of this relationship, from multiple sectors and disciplines; and case studies of successful collaborations of police and public health across a wide range of issues.
Date: 11-14 November 2012
Location: Melbourne
For further information please contact Professor Nick Crofts, Conference Director, at

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Policy Activities

ACT Targeted Assistance Strategy Submission
ATODA made a submission to the ACT Targeted Assistance Strategy Expert Panel. ATODA broadly supports the measures put forward in the Strategy and supports ACTCOSSʼsubmission. However, we are concerned that the goals of the strategy may need to extend to some vulnerable priority populations, such as people who use drugs and may access ATOD services, and believe they warrant greater attention and action in the strategy.
Download the ATODA Submission
ACT Immunisation Strategy 2012 – 2016 Submission
ATODA has made a submission to the Draft ACT Immunisation Strategy 2012 – 2016. We commend the ACT Government for its achievements in the previous immunisation strategy, and look forward to working with you on how they can be built upon in the next strategy, including improving communication with consumers regarding the role of immunisation and the targeted provision of immunisation programs within the ATOD sector.
Download the ATODA Submission
Development of the Blueprint for Youth Justice Submission
ATODA has made a submission to the Development of the Blueprint for Youth Justice. ATODA acknowledges that the Blueprint could have significant positive impacts on young people, families and the community in the ACT affected by ATOD issues.
Download the ATODA Submission
ACT Chronic Disease Strategy
The ACT Government is seeking to develop a new ACT Chronic Disease Strategy to replace the existing ACT Chronic Disease Strategy 2008 – 2011. This updated strategy will contribute to the attainment of the goals and strategies contained in the overarching health policy document – “Your health – our priority: Ready for the Future”.
In developing a new ACT Chronic Disease Strategy Quorus will undertake research activities and consult widely with stakeholders to develop a Strategy that includes:
  • the core principles that will guide chronic disease service provision now and into the future;
  • direction for the delivery of chronic disease initiatives and services in the ACT;
  • inform and contribute to the development of future service plans relevant to chronic disease care;
  • content to inform the purchasing of services of relevant non-government organisations to support people with chronic disease; and
  • an evaluation framework so that achievements can be measured over the life of the Strategy.
There will be further opportunities for community members to be involved in consultation for a new ACT Chronic Disease Strategy. Find out more information and register your interest for receiving further updates at

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Consumer Participation

Consumer Participation Project
ATODA is undertaking a consumer participation project, which includes a one day a week  secondment of Geoff Ward from the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy into ATODA. Current project activities include:
  • Planning the April sector forum on the Service User Satisfaction Survey (see next listing)
  • Developing a project plan for implementing the 2012 Service User Satisfaction Survey
  • Engaging in the development of the 9th edition of the ACT ATOD Services Directory (due out June 2012), including reviewing how the access criteria is described.
For more information, contact Geoff Ward, Project Officer, ATODA on or (02) 6255 4070.
Resource Profile: Consumer Participation in NSW Drug and Alcohol Services Guide
Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office, NSW Health
A set of principles to assist health staff in facilitating consumer access to Drug and Alcohol Services in NSW. Although the Guide has been developed for NSW services, there are many aspects that are applicable to the ACT ATOD sector. The Guide also helps to provide a background and context to consumer participation in ATOD specific services.
For more information download the Guide at
Althea Wellness Centre Reference Group
Expressions of interest for a consumer representative to join the DIRECTIONS ACT Althea Wellness Centre Reference Group.
The Althea Wellness Centre is a Department of Health and Ageing funded Community Based Health Care Service for clients and their family members with past or active alcohol and/or other drug issues.
For more information click here, or contact DIRECTIONS ACT on 6122 8000.

News from The Drug War Front
Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy
News From The Drug War Front is CAHMA's weekly radio show. It is broadcast on Canberra's community radio 2XX, on 98.3 fm, every Tuesday morning from 11am to 12pm.
For more information contact Geoff Ward on

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Youth, Mental Health and Allied Sectors
Youth & Family Connect

Youth & Family Connect is a telephone service which provides support, information and referral for children, young people and families. Their aim is to connect people with the most appropriate service to provide the support they need. There are three telephone number that people can contact them on:
  • Youth Support Line Ph: 6162 4718
  • Parentline Ph: 6287 3833 and
  • Youth & Family Connect Professional Line Ph: 6287 3822
Service providers are welcome to call regarding a service for a client. We can either give service providers the relevant information, or arrange for the client to either call us or we can call them, and facilitate a referral to the most appropriate service.

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Employment Opportunities

Health Professional Level 4 - Risk Implementation Manager - WWVP Position 28801
Justice and Community Safety Directorate
To view the required documentation for the position, please visit and locate position number 28801 under the Justice and Community Safety Directorate.
Applications close 10 April 2012
Policy and Project Offier
Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)
The ANCD is the principal advisory body to government on drug and alcohol policy and services and is currently seeking to fill this position within its Secretariat office based in Canberra.
This is a full time position that offers a unique opportunity to work as part of a small team supporting the ANCD in its work on national drug and alcohol issues.  A salary of up to $60,000 (plus super) is offered and salary packaging is available. 
For an information package, including selection criteria please contact Gabrielle at the ANCD Secretariat on 02 61669600 or email visit the website
Applications should be addressed to:
Denise Gilchrist
Australian National Council on Drugs
PO Box 205
Applications close Friday 27 April 2012

Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker - Casual Positions
Successful applicants will provide casual AOD worker support in programs and services within DIRECTIONS ACT which include Needle and Syringe Program, Outreach and Promotions, Arcadia House and Administration and Reception. A training program (paid) will be provided to successful applicants and attendance to the training, both theoretical and practical elements, is a requirement of accepting the position. A six month tenure is required for all casual positions at DIRECTIONS ACT, with an extension available which is negotiated with the Manager or Executive Director.
For the alcohol and other drugs worker position description and selection criteria visit
For more info, contact Diedre on (02) 6122 8000 (Tuesday to Thursday) or email

Note: employment opportunities in the sector are also promoted on the Jobs of Substance website at

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Many of the Grants listed in this section can be found at the ACT Government Grants portal online at or through the Australian Government Grantslink at
Community Centenary Initiatives Fund
The year 2013 and the Centenary of Canberra is fast approaching and the ACT Government is keen to support high quality, community driven projects, events and initiatives to enhance the program of activity being developed for 2013.
Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, elements of existing festivals and events which particularly relate to the Centenary of Canberra; regional, national or international extensions of events; and projects with community benefit, engagement and legacy.
The ACT Government’s Centenary of Canberra unit, under the guidance of Creative Director Robyn Archer AO is currently planning a year of heightened activity and special programs in 2013 to celebrate this significant milestone in the history of our nation. Visit to familiarise yourself with Centenary programs and progress to date. 
Proposals are invited from organisations or individuals wishing to conduct activities which will enhance the Centenary of Canberra program in 2013.
Projects must be delivered/completed in 2013.
Application details, including a guidelines and application form are available at or call Centenary of Canberra Community Engagement Officer, Mr Dan Watters on 6205 8408.
Applications close on 30 June 2012 or when all available monies have been committed, whichever comes first.

New funding arrangements to support volunteering
Australian Government
On 21 February 2012, the Minister for Social Inclusion, the Hon Mark Butler MP, announced new funding arrangements to support volunteering and connect Australian volunteers with disadvantaged communities across Australia.
Download the media release.
For more information visit

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Best mental health unit in Australia opened
Katy Gallagher, MLA, Media Releases
23 March 2012
ACT Chief Minister and Minster for Health, Katy Gallagher MLA, today opened the new Adult Mental Health Unit located in Canberra, which is setting a new benchmark in design and mental health care.
"Today's official opening represents a significant enhancement in the range of mental health services available to our community, with a holistic model of care for mental health patients which is setting a new benchmark for care, leading the nation in every way," the Chief Minister said.
Chief Minister said that the unit incorporated all contemporary design principles and was informed by international best practice.
View the full media release at
Making Sure Our Carers Are OK
The Hon Mark Butler MP, Senator Jan McLucas, Gai Brodtmann MP
19 March 2012
Australia’s 2.6 million carers will have access to emotional and psychological support into the future with the announcement today that funding has been guaranteed for counselling services for carers for an extra year.
The Australian Government is providing $7 million funding for the National Carer Counselling Program (NCCP) and the Carer Information Support Service (CISS), which will continue to be delivered by Carers Australia and its national network of Carer Associations.
View the full media release at

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Phone: (02) 6255 4070
Fax: (02) 6255 4649
Mail: PO Box 7187,
Watson ACT 2602
Visit: 350 Antill St. Watson

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