ATDC eNews March 2017
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ATDC eNews

March 2017



From the CEO

Wow where does the time go! Another bustling month, packed with exciting movements in the sector to keep us on our toes.

March has seen the ATDC and Holyoake appear before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, the release of the Australia21 drug report, giving us all food for thought. There was also the release of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report providing us with a really good snapshot of drug use in Tasmania. The Siggins Miller review into the AOD sector in Tasmania continues and Primary Health Tasmania funding for AOD services is to be announced at any moment. Just in case we were getting bored we were told the NGOTGP (Non-Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program) and SMSDGF (Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund) are to be refunded but this time through Primary Health. 
A huge thanks to everyone in the sector who continue to provide the excellent services that our sector is well known for - you do fantastic work.
This edition will give you links to the new reports, information on the YourCall web app, the APSAD conference to be held in Melbourne, the Champions Project PPEI – Ethics Project and much more. 
Happy reading!

Take care,

Debra Rabe

ATDC Welcomes Lena Lashlin

The ATDC welcomes a new Administration Officer, Lena Lashlin who holds a Masters of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts along with loads of administrative experience. Lena has been a great asset to the office and has hit the ground running!

'Youcall' web app

The YourCall web app is an initiative of the ATDC under the Facilitating Collaboration in Local Neighbourhoods project. Development of the web app is coming along nicely, with a consumer group and an AOD sector reference group both providing valuable input. The finish line is finally in sight with a launch planned for August. Meanwhile, here is a short video to explain what YourCall is all about and how it will work. Enjoy!

REMINDER - ATDC Workforce Survey

The fourth edition of the ATDC Workforce Survey remains open, and we strongly encourage your participation. The survey creates a snapshot of the Tasmania’s ATOD workforce, who they are, where they work, their professional interests and development needs and why they choose to work in the ATOD sector. Your valuable response is fundamental to the ongoing strategic planning and workforce development activities of all of us. The more representative this information is, the better we will be able to achieve real and positive improvements and outcomes for the Tasmanian ATOD workforce. All responses are anonymous and the de-identified, analysed results of the survey will be made available to all participants later in the year. The ATDC Workforce Survey can be found here

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Position Vacant - YFCC

Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. (YFCC) is a local Not-For-Profit Community Organisation that provides a range of health and well-being services to young people, families and communities throughout the North West Coast of Tasmania.
The YFCC are seeking applications for 2 casual Crisis and Transitional Accommodation Support Services Workers based in both Devonport and Burnie to work with young people aged 13 - 21.

Please find the full position description here.

Position Vacant - YFCC

Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. (YFCC) is a local Not-For-Profit Community Organisation that provides a range of health and well-being services to young people, families and communities throughout the North West Coast of Tasmania.
The YFCC are seeking applications for the position of North-West Regional Drug and Alcohol (NWRADS) Counsellor / Project Officer, to work within our Alcohol and Other Drug (ATOD) and Health Promotions Teams.

Please find the position description here.

Australiasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Melbourne 2017 Conference

The APSAD 2017 conference will be held at Pullman Melbourne Albert Park from Sunday 12 November to Wednesday 15 November 2017. The conference will showcase Australia’s high quality and cutting edge research into treatment, prevention, and policy. 
Call for Abstracts and Super Early Bird Registration is now open! Visit the APSAD Conference website for details. 

Global Alcohol Policy (GAPC2017)

Early bird registrations are now open for the Global Alcohol Policy Conference Mobilising for change: Alcohol policy and the evidence for action, held in Melbourne this October.
We welcome a diverse range of alcohol and other drug stakeholders, health and medical practitioners, frontline support services, academic researchers, policy and advocacy professionals.
Don’t miss out on this world-leading forum, register today.

For more information or to register, visit the website here.

Champions Project PPEI - Ethics Package

The PPEI website, www.everybody’ will host stories of community champions and champion community projects that are working in the health promotion, prevention and early intervention space around AOD related issues. DEN in collaboration with the PPEI advisory working group and others have developed these guidelines for recording personal stories.
You can find the ethics in two places:
On the Champion’s Project Page:
On the Resource’s Page:

The separate documents are available on the Project Page.
An all-in-one document and Flipbook are available on the Resources page.
The work is licenced under Creative Commons - other organisations can edit these guidelines to suit their own needs, however DEN needs to be credited. Organisations may not profit from the materials, and must allow others to change and update all existing amendments.

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WhoAustraliasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD)
What: Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference
Where: Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park, Victoria
When: 12 - 15 November 2017
Cost: See website
Registration: See website


Who: Drug Education Network
What: Community Drug Forum
Where: Meeting Room 1, Glenorchy LINC
When: Monday 3 April - 6:00 - 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Registration: See website
Contact: See website

Online Training

Who: Oddysey House
WhatWorking with clients with Crystalline Methamphetamine (Ice) Issues
Where: Online
WhenFlexible delivery via an online classroom
Cost: $145
Registration: See website
              P: 03 9420 7644


Who: Uniting
What: Safer Injecting Workshop
Where: Uniting Sydney MSIC, 66 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, 2011
When: Monday 1 May 2017 (applications close Monday 17 April) & Monday 9 October 2017 (applications close Monday 25 Septermber)
Cost: $200
Registration: See website


WhoQueensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA)
What: Winter School Conference
Where: Mercury Brisbane, 87 North Quay, Brisbane City
When: 27 - 28 July
Cost: $220 - $550
Registration: See website


WhoTurning Point
What: Other ways of knowing: Understanding Aboriginal Trauma
Where: Turning Point training room, 142 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC
When: Thursday 27th April, 2017 - 9am - 4pm
Cost: $220
Registration: See website or (03) 8413 8700

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National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program

In response to growing concern around crystal methylamphetamine use in Australia, a National Ice Taskforce was established in 2015 to advise the Government on the development of a National Ice Action Strategy. One of the recommendations of the National Ice Taskforce focused on improving and expanding available data sources to provide a more accurate understanding of drug use in Australia. This document is the first of nine public reports which will share results of a national wastewater drug monitoring program over the next three years. This data will provide statistically valid datasets of methylamphetamine usage and distribution patterns across 51 sites in capital city and regional areas across all states and territories. The full report can be found here.

Tasmanian Child and Family Centres

The ATDC were given the opportunity to submit a response to the inquiry and report into Tasmanian Child and Family Centres. A copy of the submission can be found here.

Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies - Advocate Mail

This edition of the Advocate, talks about harm reduction, and how this works in practice. The approach is described within an abstinence-based residential therapeutic community and in the development of a relationship between people who inject drugs and the police. The benefits of long-term engagement, researching drug users in an active drug market, is also explored. Click here to read the Advocate.

Australia 21 Report

The Australia 21 report contains 13 recommendations including moving toward decriminalisation, encouraging testing of substances for purity, implementing consumption rooms and expanding drug treatment in rural areas. The full report including all recommendations can be found here.

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Community Grant Program

Hydro Tasmania offers a community grant program. There are six $5,000 grants provided each year to non-profit community organisations (including cultural organisations) based in Tasmania. The purpose of these grants is to help fund projects that add value to communities in Tasmania and provide a benefit to the people who live there. More information can be found here.

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