ATDC eNews April 2016
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April 2016



Tasmanian ATOD Awards Nominations CLOSE 18 April 2016

Nominations for the Tasmanian ATOD Awards close on 18 April 2016. This is your chance to be recognised or nominate a person who is doing fabulous work but who may go unnoticed. Stay tuned on the ATDC social media channels for updates and also on the ATDC website. Winners will be announced at the ATDC 2016 Conference dinner. #ATDC2016

WINNERS receive $500 towards professional development


Reminder to REGISTER now for the ATDC 2016 Conference

The ATDC 2016 Conference runs from Thursday 12 May to Friday 13 May 2016. SAVE THE DATES into your diaries. 

A conference dinner will be held and the Tasmanian ATOD Awards winners for 2016 will be announced and presented with their prizes.

ATDC Bus Tours

ATDC ran three bus tours - one each in the north west, Launceston and Hobart.

The tours visited 21 service providers and participants listened to 36 presentations. The total number of participants was 49 and within one week, 50% of participants had responded to the survey with an extremely high rate of satisfaction. 

Thank you so much to all the service providers who opened their doors to participants and thank you to all those who came along and gave informative, interesting presentations. View the album on Facebook. #ATDCtour16

ATDC Welcomes New Staff Member

The ATDC is delighted to welcome Madelyn Derrick to the team in the position of Facilitating Collaboration with Neighbourhood Houses Project Officer. Madelyn comes to the ATDC with a wealth of experience in the alcohol and other drugs sector. She has been involved with the sector since 2008. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in private practice providing treatment to individuals, along with group work. Madelyn has also provided treatment for substance use issues in a residential rehabilitation facility; worked on a project aimed at integrating mental health assessment and treatment into an existing alcohol and other drug program.

Madelyn also works at UTAS on a project investigating the use of a mobile phone application in recovery from substance use issues and will be presenting this at the ATDC 2016 Conference. Read more about Madelyn here. Read more about the Facilitating Collaboration with Neighbourhood Houses project here.

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SMART Recovery Youth Support Group

Launceston City Mission’s youth service ‘The Mish’ and SMART Recovery Australia are pleased to announce the commencement of a SMART Recovery Youth Support Group. The group is open to those aged between 12 and 25 years and will meet at ‘The Mish’, 46 Frederick Street, Launceston on Wednesdays at 4pm. 
SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. The weekly meetings are run by trained peers and professionals focusing on addictive behaviour. Participants can expect a safe, non-judgmental environment to discuss their present and future goals, build and maintain motivation, cope with urges and achieve lifestyle balance in relation to addictive behaviours.
Tasmania’s only SMART Recovery YOUTH support group will commence April 6 2016 at 4pm at ‘The Mish’. View flyer for more information. View flyer for youth interested in the program.

For more information or to register, contact Paul Ballard.
E: M: 0409 019 132. 

Position Vacant

Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc in a new partnership with WISE Employment are seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of ParentsNext Project Key Worker.  This position will be based in Burnie and provide outreach to the greater Burnie community.
The function of the position is to deliver services to parents with young children by developing solutions and providing assistance to overcoming barriers to employment and social inclusion.  Key objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • target early intervention assistance to parents at risk of long-term welfare dependency,
  • help parents identify their education and employment related goals and participate in activities that help them achieve their goals,
  • connect parents to local services that can help them address their barriers to employment.
Read more here.

Calling Last Drinks

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) wants to see alcohol sponsorships and alcohol advertisements phased out during live games and broadcasts until after 8.30pm. 

More than half of Australians (58%) are concerned about the influence of alcohol in Australian sport, with analysis from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) revealing how alcohol is intractably linked to some of Australia’s most popular sports. The RACP has reviewed nine sports across six categories and found all were influenced by alcohol sponsorships and advertisements, either at the stadium or during television coverage. Cricket and rugby league fared the worst with alcohol an important part of each sport’s sponsorship, naming rights, apparel, on field advertisements, press conference backdrops and television advertisements.

Read the RACP Media Release here and a report the Sydney Morning Herald ran here.

FREE Webinar Series
Trauma in Alcohol and Other Drug Settings

The Victorian Change Agent Network has announced their first webinar series on trauma within the alcohol and other drug (AOD) settings. A webinar is being held each month until June 2016. Topics include adolescent family violence, forensic clients in AOD, implementing trauma informed care into AOD settings. Read more here or register here.

The Difference between Medicinal and Recreational Cannabis

Fact sheets are available on the DrugInfo website. Broadly speaking, medicinal cannabis is cannabis prescribed to relieve the symptoms of a medical condition, such as epilepsy. It is important to make the distinction between medicinal cannabis and recreational cannabis. Recreational cannabis is the form of cannabis that people use to get 'high'.

Breaking the Ice

The Australian Drug Foundation has been funded by NSW Health to conduct community education about crystalline methamphetamines (ice).
Part of their response includes conducting 10 regional forums in NSW in 2016, the production of resources and fact sheets, e-learning modules and also working in parthership with Aborignal Health and Medical Research Council and Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Network to conduct Aboriginal specific educational activities in NSW.  They will also be building the capacity of Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) to address crystalline methamphetamine use in NSW through forums and activities.
As part of their education package they have also produced a short three minute DVD to address stigma and discrimination which can be found here: Further information about the project and resources can be found here.


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Who: Youth, Family and Community Connections
What: Dr Ruby Payne’s renowned Bridges Out of Poverty Training
Where: Devonport
When: 22 and 29 April 2016
Cost: YFCC has considerably subsidised the cost of this training (Total training cost only is $16,500) and YFCC is able to offer it at $200.50 total, per person for the two days. This includes all materials used in the training, take aways, lunches and morning /afternoon teas on both days. 
Registration: Online
Contact: E: P: 03 6424 7353


Who: The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA)
What: Alcohol and other Drugs Symposium
Where: Canberra
When: 28 April 2016
Cost: see website
Registration: Via website
Contact: E:
See flyer for more information.


Who: Adults surviving child abuse (ASCA)
What: Working therapeutically with people who have complex trauma histories
Where: Hobart
When: 28 - 29 April 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: Online
Contact: See website
There are various other dates and locations available. Read more here.


Who: SMART Recovery Australia
What: SMART Recovery Facilitator Course
Where: The Bridge Centre, New Town
When: 9 - 10 May 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: Online
Contact: E: P: 02 9373 5100
Read more here about SMART Recovery Australia

ATDC Conference  #ATDC2016

Who: ATDC Conference 2016
What: Rethinking Prevention; a broader agenda
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
When: 12 - 13 May 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: See website


Who: TasCOSS
What: Skills for Change: Advocacy Workshops
Workshop 1 - Effective Advocacy Strategies
Workshop 2 - Effective Advocacy Skills
Where: The Old Woolstore Apartments, Hobart
When: Workshop 1 - 16 May 2016, Workshop 2 - 17 May 2016
Cost: $170.50 - $280.50
Registration:  Online: Workshop 1 and/or Workshop 2
Contact: Dale Rahmanovic P: 03 6231 0755, E:
Please note: you must register separately for each workshop.


Who: NADA Conference 2016
What: Integrated care: Working together to respond to complexity
Where: Sydney
When: 6 - 7 June 2016
Cost: See website for further information
Registration: Via website


Who: Groupwork Solutions
What: Core Value Therapy
Where: Launceston and Hobart
When: Launceston 7 June 2016, Hobart 6 September 2016
Cost: Early bird $242 before 7 August 2016. $297 after 7 August 2016.
Registration: Launceston and Hobart
Contact: See website


Who: International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference
What: 21st International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference
Where: Gramado, Brazil
When: 16 - 19 October 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: Online
Contact: See website

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A special session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem will take place in late April at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Australian representative, Margaret Hamilton, presented at the ATDC Annual General Meeting last year. Read more here.


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2016 QArt Grants

Endeavour Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that support people with an intellectual disability to realise their creative potential across all areas of the Arts. By way of example, and not to limit proposals, projects may focus on:

  • Technical development - involving active engagement with people with a disability to develop traditional or emerging Arts skills, enhance training mechanisms, or explore social media or digital technology as a mechanism for expression.
  • Experiential focus - explore how people with an intellectual disability view the Arts and engage in the creative process to better realise potential. Research may examine how engagement in the creative process contributes to social inclusion for artists with a disability.
  • Exploring creativity - engage with artists to explore and develop the potential transformation of developed or developing artwork or performance into other forms, dimensions or mediums. 
Read more here. Visit website here.

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ATDC welcomes Madelyn Derrick to the team.
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