ATDC eNews October 2016
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October 2016




Change of ATDC CEO

Dr Becky Shelley has resigned from her position to take up a role in the Peter Underwood Centre at the University of Tasmania. The ATDC Board and team wish her well in her new role.
The board decided the appropriate response was to review the recent recruitment process and re-evaluate the candidates and the ATDC board has offered the position of ATDC Chief Executive Officer position to Debra Rabe.
The board are excited to appoint Debra to this position and look forward to working with her.  Debra’s professional pathways include community services experience at senior leadership levels. Her collaborative and transparent approach and her high level of professionalism demonstrated while acting CEO earlier in 2016 gives us great confidence that Debra will lead the ATDC into a bright and healthy future.
Debra will start on Monday 24 October 2016.

ATDC Annual General Meeting

The ATDC Annual General Meeting will be held at the Ba'Hai Centre in Hobart on Wednesday 26 October starting at 10am. Guest speaker will be Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno. He will be speaking on illicit drug trends in Tasmania.

ATDC Workforce Survey

The fourth edition of the ATDC Workforce Survey is now underway. 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.


Be the Change Program

The Be the Change program is an eight session group program aimed at providing skills and support to people who have a partner or family member experiencing substance use issues.

Topics covered include:
- Understanding addiction
- Bringing about change within ourselves
- Self-care skills
- Managing relationships

Be the Change groups will be facilitated by experienced AOD counsellors.  There is no cost for participation, and the groups are open to anyone over the age of 18. Details on how to participate can be found here

Be the Change is facilitated by the ATDC and funded by the Department of Social Services.

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Guidelines on the management of co-occuring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (second edition)

In 2014 the Australian Government Department of Health funded the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, NDARC, to update and revise the ‘Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings’. This second edition is based on the best available evidence, and was developed in consultation and collaboration with clinicians, researchers, consumers, and carers from across Australia. More info here.

Missiondale Open Day 2016

Missiondale Therapeutic Community provides a program to help and support those experiencing life controlling behaviours. They focus on the continuous improvement of our service to achieve greater accessibility and better client outcomes. Missiondale would like to invite you to attend their OPEN DAY 2016. Two sessions  will run on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10am and 2pm.
Each will include an information session and site inspection. The sessions will provide detailed information on our treatment model (what we do and why we do it), application and admission, and evidence based client outcomes. A question and answer period will follow.
RSVP to or phone on 03 6391 8013.

Primary Health Tasmania Update

Commissioning alcohol and other drug services

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) around Australia have received funding to commission treatment services for alcohol and other drugs. In preparation for the tender phase, Primary Health Tasmania is consulting service providers and communities on local issues, needs and priorities in relation to alcohol and other drugs. This includes, but isn’t limited to, ice. Primary Health Tasmania has also been analysing data and looking at which services are already on the ground, and where there might be service gaps. Read more here.

Recovery Buddy looking for participants

Are you currently in alcohol or drug treatment or are looking to reduce your drug or alcohol use?

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are trialling a mobile phone application to help people to stop or reduce their substance use. They are looking for volunteers to trial the Recovery Buddy app who are:

  • Generally trying to cut down on their drug/alcohol use
  • Are currently in drug/alcohol treatment
  • Have previously had issues with drug/alcohol use

If you volunteer to participate all information provided is confidential and anonymously recorded. Participants will receive a $20 voucher to cover mobile phone credit. For further information contact Amelia on 0475 030 634 or email

Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention Advisory Group Update

Contact the Drug Education Network for further information or queries regarding the latest update. Read update here.

26TEN Week

26TEN week starts Monday 24 October and members and supporters are invited to celebrate with 26TEN. Along with some special events they have planned, they also encourage you to plan your own celebrations.
Their theme Read, write, count – online, highlights the increasing expectation that we engage with programs and services online. It reminds people that to get online we need literacy and numeracy skills as well as digital skills. Find out more here.

Postcards to promote Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness

The Drug Education Network (DEN) has produced a series of postcards to promote FASD awareness in the community and in particular encourage dad’s to support their partners to be alcohol free through pregnancy. The couple featured on the postcard are a  Tasmanian couple and Duncan gave up alcohol throughout his partners pregnancy. The series of postcards feature different backs containing different messages to encourage dads and the community to support alcohol free pregnancies. The postcards are available from DEN and can be ordered from

Survey regarding online training

Demand has never been higher for National Cannabis Prevention and Iinformation Centre's (NCPIC) free onsite training. Over the last year, they have provided workshops for people in the AOD, allied health, justice, education and many other sectors. To ensure everyone in Australia has access to training, NCPIC is working to develop a cutting-edge, online training centre that offers both live courses and 'do-at-your-own-pace' courses. To help them make the online training centre as useful and valuable as possible, please take five minutes to fill out their brief survey. All survey participants go in the draw for one of three Coles/Myer vouchers.

NCETA Ice Online Training

Growing concern about crystal methamphetamine has highlighted the importance of ensuring that all workers are skilled, competent and confident to address related issues. To respond to the needs of workers and organisations, the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University, was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive, freely available online training resource. More information here. Access the resource here.

SAVE THE DATE - Putting Gender on the Agenda Workshops

The Drug Education Network and the ATDC invite you to the follow up workshops to the Gender on the Agenda Forum. Please put the appropriate date in your diary. Registration details soon.
Launceston 1 November 10am-12, Community Room 2  Northern Integrated Care Service 41 Frankland St Launceston
Hobart 3 November 10 am-12, Bahai Centre 1 Tasman Highway Hobart
Devonport 8 November 10am-12, Devonport Entertainment Centre 145-151 Rooke St Devonport

Position Vacant

Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. is a North-West based Not-For-Profit Community Organisation that works with young people, families, individuals and communities to develop skills and opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential in a healthy and supportive community. They are seeking a qualified and experienced worker based between Devonport and Burnie and working across the North-West and West Coast to fill a part-time alcohol and drug specific Health Promotion position. More info here.

Melbourne Uni's Student Union to hand out Free Drug Testing Kits

The packs will contain reagent kits, more commonly known as pill-testing kits, as well as information on how the testing kits work and their limitations, possession laws and rights, and advice on sensible drug use. Read more here.

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Who: MI Fellowship
What: Minds Do Matter Art Exhibition 2016
Where: Waterside Pavilion, Mawson Place, Hobart
When: 18 - 23 October 2016
Cost: FREE
More info: See flyer here.
Contact: P: 03 6169 0600 E: or


Who: Rural Alive and Well
What: Hobart Show Lunch
Where: Derwent Room, Main Grandstand, Royal Hobart Showgrounds
When: 21 October 2016 12pm - 4pm
Cost: See website
Registration: Online
Contact: See website


Who: Groupwork Solutions
What: Engaging Fathers in Family Based Programs
Where: Campbell Town
When: 26 October 2016 
Cost: See website
Registration: Online
Contact: Andrew King M: 0437 546 560 or


Who: WorkSafe Tasmania
What: Leadership, Culture and Organisational Safety: Safe and well everyday
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston
When: 27 - 28 October 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: Online
Contact: See website


Who: Blue Knot Foundation 
What: Safeguarding Yourself - Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma
Where: Rydges Hobart
When: 28 October 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: Read more here
Contact: E:


What: 2016 APSAD Scientific, Alcohol and Drug Conference
Where: Sydney
When: 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2016
Cost: See website for further information
Registration: Via website


Who: ATDC and Drug Education Network
What: Putting Gender on the Agenda Workshops
Where: Launceston, Hobart and Devonport
When: Launceston 1 Nov, Hobart 3 Nov, Devonport 8 Nov 2016
Cost: FREE
Registration: Details to be advised


Who: TasCOSS
What: 2016 TasCOSS Conference - Every One a Leader
Where: Blundstone Oval Arena Function Centre, Bellerive, Tasmania
When: 23 - 24 Nov 2016
Cost: See website for further information
Registration: Via website
Contact: P: 03 6231 0755 or E:


Who: Interprofessional Continuing Education
What: The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Where: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver BC
When: 1 - 4 Mar 2017
Cost: See website for further information
Registration: Via website
Contact: E:

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Tobacco Treatment for Persons with Substance Use Disorders

This toolkit is intended for professionals involved in the delivery of substance abuse treatment – counselors, clinical supervisors, managers, administrators and behavioral health organisations. The toolkit contains a variety of information and step-by-step instructions about the following:
• Low burden means of assessing readiness to quit
• Possible treatments
• Recommended agency policies for tobacco treatment and control

Poly-Drug Trafficking in Australia

This report provides the first detailed examination of poly-drug and poly-criminal trafficking in Australia.




Men's Sheds Grants

The Tasmanian Men's Sheds Association (TMSA) Grants Program supports the sustainable development of Men's Sheds in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Government has allocated $120 000 for the 2016-17 TMSA Grants Program to be provided through Grant Round 5.

Grants will be made available in two categories:

  • Category One: Grants up to $5 000 for tools, equipment, member training and community initiatives. 
  • Category Two: Grants up to $10 000 for capital works.

Grant Round 5 will be open for applications from 7 January 2017 to 17 February 2017. Applications will not be accepted prior to 7 January 2017. Read more here.


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