ATDC eNews November 2016
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November 2016




Neighbourhood Houses Tours

Neighbourhood Houses offer a safe and welcoming place for workers to engage with their clients and the ATDC and Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania would like to invite AOD workers to vist the Neighbourhood Houses on organised bus tours. The houses have a lot on offer to assist people recovering from substance use issues.  Neighbourhood Houses can provide:

  • social support and a sense of belonging
  • activities to help rebuild confidence, including literacy programs and other training opportunities
  • opportunities to volunteer and contribute

AOD workers who attend a Neighbourhood House Tour will gain a greater sense of the work that Neighbourhood Houses do and how this may be of benefit to your clients.
The tours are being held in the North on 28 November, North West on 29 November and in the South on 1 December.  There is no cost and transport and lunch will be provided.  Further information can be found here.

There are limited spaces on these bus tours so please register your interest quickly!  Phone Jonathon at Neighbourhood House Tasmania on 6228 6515, or email

ATDC Annual General Meeting

The ATDC President Stuart Smith called for members to vote in the proposed new constitution at the annual general meeting. Members voted unanimously to adopt the new constitution. We look forward to working with the board on the new constitution.

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.


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Online Graduate Programs

Applications are now open for both the Graduate Certificate in AOD Drug Studies and the Master of Addictive Behaviours. Both courses are delivered through Turning Point and more information can be found on their website.

Applications close 3 February 2017.

Hints and tips on having a safe schoolies week

Schoolies is all about having a good time and celebrating the end of your school life. Drugs can sometimes be part of these celebrations, so it's important to know a bit about them.

DrugInfo outlines some tips on how to reduce the risks of taking drugs and how you can help anyone if they have too much.

Pitch your idea

TasCOSS presents a golden opportunity to ‘pitch’ your pearls of informed and expert advice in private to two State’s Department Secretaries - Mike Pervan, Secretary, DHHS, and Greg Johannes, Secretary, DPAC - at one of the opening sessions on Day one (23 November) at the 2016 TasCOSS Conference.

You will have eight minutes to pitch your idea using words, logic and passion (no audio visual aids allowed!) to Mike and Greg. Teams can comprise up to three members. You must be a registered conference delegate to apply to be part of this unique session.

To apply, send 250 words to giving the Conference Committee a basic idea of what you would want to pitch—a special pitch workshop at 10.40am the same day will help you hone your pitch further. Applications close: 5pm, Friday 11 November. Read more here.

ATDC member receives award

Congratulations to Launceston City Mission - Missiondale on receiving a 2016 Business Excellence Award in the Community Service section. Read more here.


Hollie Wilson and Fotina Hardy from the School of Psychology & Counselling, and the School of Social Work & Human Services at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are conducting a study on enhancing tertiary education pathways for graduates in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field. 
They are looking for AOD practitioners to complete a 10-15 minute brief online questionnaire. This research will inform options for tertiary AOD education including providing valuable insights into the AOD workforce by exploring skills, knowledge, and attributes required to work in this field and associated gaps.
Further details on the study and the questionnaire can be found here.
Please note that this study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 1600000807).

Partners in Recovery

The Partners in Recovery team (PIR) has come a long way since it opened its doors in January 2014. PIR presently has 380 participants located all over the state, receiving support at home or delivered from one of 30 venues.  PIR provides service coordination to those who experience severe and or persistent mental ill health and complex needs.  For people who are eligible for NDIS, PIR supports them to register and attain access – the path is challenging and people need informed assistance. If you work with or know someone who may benefit by accessing PIR, please visit their website.
P: 1300 827 747
M: Partners in Recovery, PO Box 1620, Hobart 7001

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Who: Foster and Kinship Carers Association Tasmania
What: Non Violent Communication Workshop
Where: Derwent Entertainment Centre
When: 17 - 18 Nov 2016
Cost: $220 per person
Registration: Online
Contact: E: or


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: Shelter Tasmania
What: AGM
Where: Riverview Room, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania
When: 25 Nov 2016 3pm - 4pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: by 18 Nov 2016
Contact: P: 03 6224 5488 E:


Who: TasCOSS and HeLLOTas!
What: Health Literacy Workships
Where: Ulverstone and Hobart
When: Ulverstone 29 Nov, Hobart 1 Dec
Cost: $10
Registration: Ulverstone, Hobart
Contact: Contact online Ulverstone, Hobart


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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Study into Cannabis, psychosis and relapse

In the past 30 years, findings of studies have shown that cannabis use is a contributory cause of psychotic disorders, especially if used often and initiated at an early age. Read more here.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report

Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment 2003–04 to 2014–15 is available to read on the AIHW website.

Methamphetamine use and acquisitive crive: Evidence of a relationship

Methamphetamine use among Australian police detainees is rising; the impact of this rise on crime trends, and particularly on trends in acquisitive crime, is yet to be established. Identifying trends in and motivations for offending among methamphetamine users may assist law enforcement and policymakers to better target resources.This paper examines the engagement in acquisitive crime, and perceived motivations for methamphetamine-driven crime, of a sample of Australian police detainees recruited in 2013 through the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program.Read more here.

International resource

An interesting international website based in the United Kingdom may provide some useful information. Read more here.




Volunteer Grants 2016 Funding

The Australian Government is inviting organisations and individuals representing volunteer based community groups to apply for Volunteer Grants 2016 funding.
These grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. They provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. They are part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.
The funding will help volunteers to do their important work, and the grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 each will allow organisations to buy much needed equipment, such as computers, or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks.

Applications close at 2pm AEDT 20 December 2016.
For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.


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