ATDC eNews JULY 2015
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ATDC eNews

JULY 2015



This month is another exceptionally busy time for the ATDC.  There is Crystal Methamphetamine training, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awards, launch of the Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI) Plan and more.  Read more in the sections below.

Project Launch

The ATDC and Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania launched Facilitating Collaboration with Neighbourhood Houses.  About 25 people attended the launch.  Learn more about this exciting new project here.  A fact sheet specifically for AOD workers can be found here.  The project launch coincided with the Support. Don't Punish Global Day of Action.

Regional ATDC Member Meetings

ATDC CEO Jann Smith and Policy and Research Officer David Gardiner travelled the state giving updates about the sector in general and what the ATDC has been doing.  Read the round-up of the meetings here. There are also new Terms of Reference for future meetings.

Crystal Methamphetamine Training

The ATDC had a massive response when expressions of interest were called for Crystal Methamphetamine training to be held in July. Nearly 500 people responded with spaces in Devonport capped at 65 and in Hobart, 160.  The ATDC team evaluated each respondee and who the training would be most beneficial for.  Each respondee was emailed and advised whether they were successful or not. 

Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI)

The Everybody's Business PPEI Implementation Plan has been finalised after ten months of negotiations, consultations, workshops and forums with the ATOD sector.  It will be launched by the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson on Monday 20 July 2015 and available on the ATDC website from that date.

ATOD Awards

The nominations have been assessed by the judging panel.  The awards ceremony will be on Wednesday 22 July 2015 at Parliament House and the successful people will be presented with their awards by the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson.

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2015 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

It is that time of year when Tasmanians have a chance to recognise their everyday heroes  through the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards.  Nominations are free and close on 21 August 2015.  Find out more here.

NADA Resource

Supporting Young People with Alcohol and Other Drug Issues: A profile of non government alcohol and other drug services for young people in NSW is now available. The resource includes an overview of the Youth AOD Services Network which was established in 2013, brief profiles of the 15 Network members who are specialist non government youth services providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) services in NSW and a map of where each organisation is located across NSW. 

Art Groups for Young People

The #switchitround project is running an art program. The program will include digital art, drawing, taking photos and making videos. The #switchitround project aims to reduce the rates of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption with youth by creating peer led arts based products. There are two programs running - one in Launceston and the other in Devonport.

Supporting Children: A Guide for Grandparents

A great fact sheet for grandparents and other family members to help with understanding and supporting children who are growing up in families with parental alcohol or other drug use.

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Who: Singleton Consulting
What: Introduction to Corporate Governance
Where: Hobart, venue to be advised
When: 22 and 23 July 2015
Cost: $400
Registration: Contact Nadine for an expression of interest form.
Contact: or 03 6236 9994


Who: The Centre for Youth/AOD Practice Development
What: Australian Youth AOD Conference
Where: Arts Centre, Melbourne
When: 13 and 14 August 2015
Cost: $495
Registration: via website
Contact: See website for further details


What: Frontiers in Addiction Conference
Where: The Westin Hotel, Sydney
When: 18 - 21 August 2015
Cost: See website
Registration: Via website
Contact: See website


Who: Groupwork Solutions
What: Trauma Informed Groupwork with Vulnerable Communities Workshop
Where: Zeps, Campbell Town, Tasmania
When: 24 and 25 August 2015
Cost: Early bird before 24 July 2015 - $484.
After 24 July 2015 - $594

Registration: Via website
Contact: See website


Who: Criterion Conferences
What: Tackling Methamphetamine Conference
Where: Sydney Boulevard Hotel
When: 22 and 23 September 2015
Cost: Early bird special by 3 July or see website
Registration: via website
Contact: See website for further details

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Guidance on the Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Harms of Club Drugs and NPS

This research document provides guidance on the clinical management of harms resulting from acute intoxication and from the harmful and dependent use of club drugs and Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

Substance Use and Sibling Relationships

In 2013, a project explored whether substance use impacts on the sibling relationship.  The findings have been published in the journal, Family Matters.

The Silent Disease: Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia

The report from the recent Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health regarding the Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia was recently released and can be found here.

Alcohol, Hurting People and Harming Communities

This report evaluates strategies and treatments used in addressing the harmful use of alcohol within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The stigmatisation of the provision of services for alcohol and other drug users: A systematic literature review

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers are often stigmatised. This article describes a systematic review of the existing literature that addresses three aims: 1. identify how stigma occurs for people working in the AOD field, 2. identify what the impacts of stigma are on AOD workers and AOD service provision more broadly and 3. identify what extent stigma occurs for AOD workers.  Read more here.

Read more research and reports on the Australian Drug Foundation website.

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Future2 Make the Difference! 

The 2015 Future2 Make the Difference! grants are now open to applications from community not-for-profits with programs to support socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians between 12 and 25 years of age. Applications close on 31 July.  Visit website for further information.

ANZ Staff Foundation Grants

Grants of around $5,000 support a variety of projects. A National Advisory Board and State Committees comprising ANZ employees decide the granting rounds each year. In FY 2014, the ANZ Staff Foundation provided 69 grants totalling over $315,000 to community organisations across Australia.  Grant applications close 15 July 2015.  Visit website for further information.

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ATDC CEO Jann Smith presenting to members at the Hobart Regional ATDC Member Meetings.


ATDC Conference 2016

Planning is in the initial stages for the ATDC Conference in 2016.  The venue will be the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart.  SAVE THE DATE now for Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May 2016. See you there.

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