ATDC eNews AUGUST 2015
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ATDC eNews

August 2015




ATOD Award winners

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AWARD: Sylvia Engels, Manager, Policy Development, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Directorate, DHHS

EXCELLENCE IN ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUG WORK AWARD: Andrew Verdouw, Team Leader, Intervention Programs Unit, Tasmanian Prison Service

IMPROVING UNDERSTANDING THROUGH ATOD RESEARCH AWARD: Associate Professor Stuart Ferguson, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania

EARLY CAREER AWARD: Andrew Harper, Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Worker, Anglicare Tasmania

The well deserved winners received their awards at a morning tea held at Parliament House.  The awards were presented by Minister for Health Michael Ferguson.

Crystal Methamphetamine Training Success

The Crystal Methamphetamine Training was an overwhelming success with almost full attendance. Thank you to those who advised us they were unable to come as we were able to get people into the training from our wait list at very short notice.  Facts about the training included:

  • 252 people attended across Tasmania
  • 77 in Devonport and 175 in Hobart
  • Over 400 expressed interest in the training
  • Training was FREE to attend
  • AOD, housing/homelessness, health, welfare, mental health, justice and education sectors represented
  • 89 attendees answered the evaluation.  Ninety six per cent of those rated the training as excellent or good
Slides and readings from the training day can be found here. A series of videos recommended by the Crystal Methamphetamine trainers can be found here.

Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI) Launch

The PPEI Implementation Plan was launched by Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson at a reception at the Bridge Program (Salvation Army) in New Town on 20 July this year. 

There have been three phases to this project. The strategic framework, Everybody’s Business, was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group on Drugs and the implementation plan has been formulated from there. Implementation of the tasks will be led by a lead agency, the Drug Education Network (DEN), The launch attracted several media outlets and coverage was very comprehensive. Read the plan here.

Workforce Survey 

The 2014 Workforce Survey has been finalised and is available on the ATDC website. There are many interesting facts and figures to come out of the survey, which is done every two years.  This survey showed:

  • Females are well represented in the workplace with 67% of individuals and 59% of managers being females.
  • Half the ATOD workforce is aged 45 and over, with a fifth of the workforce aged 55 and over.
  • A third (34%) of ATOD funded workers held ATOD qualifications and a very small proportion at 3% had an ATOD skill set.
  • Just over half the respondents were attracted to the sector by 'a wish to make a useful contribution or to help society's most disadvantaged people'.
  • Find out more facts and figures here.

ATDC Submission on e-cigarettes

The ATDC made a submission to the Tasmanian Government's Discussion Paper: Options for a Public Health Response to Electronic Cigarettes. This submission makes a number of general observations about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and provides specific comments in response to some of the options presented within the Department’s Discussion Paper. Visit the ATDC website to read the submission.

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Movie highlights lifestyle and alcohol

Foundation for Alcohol, Research and Education's Policy Officer Lisa Buffinton outlined what she thought of the new Australian comedy, Ruben Guthrie, that has been generating conversations about our country's drinking culture. Read her article here.

NEW AOD training packages

New AOD training packages have been released by the Community Standards and Health Industry Council (CS&HISC) as part of a broader review of training for the community health sector. The ATDC participated in the review process that occurred in the development of these packages. Read more here.

CS&HISC is hosting a series of professional development workshops to assist stakeholders to implement the new Training Packages. These four hour workshops will:

  • Present the Training Packages
  • Identify key areas of change in the new qualifications, units and assessment requirements
  • Discuss frequently asked questions

Suicide assessment kit (SAK)

The National Drug Alcohol and Research Centre released the Suicide Assessment Kit (SAK) which is a comprehensive assessment and policy development package, designed to assist alcohol and other drug services in the assessment and management of suicide risk. Read more here.

National ICE Taskforce Update

The Taskforce presented an interim report on the use and impacts of crystal methamphetamine (ice) on the Australian community to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).  The interim report provides COAG leaders with the Taskforce’s initial analysis of this complex issue, an overview of existing efforts and gaps to tackle the problem, and advice about what more needs to be done.
The Prime Minister, all Premiers and Chief Ministers, and the President of the Australian Local Government Association noted the interim report, which was shaped by the experiences and advice the Taskforce heard from its many discussions held across Australia. The outcomes of the meeting can be viewed here

Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition

The topic for this year: In the digital era, whose voices are being heard? Entries close 1 October 2015 and the winning entry is awarded $5000. Read more here.

Global Compass: Drugs: Ware or Store?

For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado, starting with the brave new policy in Portugal. View the film here.

Tasmanian Leaders Program

The Tasmanian Leaders Program provides an unmatched leadership experience that achieves positive, transformative outcomes for participants and their employers. The program uses a variety of educational processes to cultivate specific competencies crucial for effective and dynamic leadership. It exposes participants to a cross-section of today’s business and community leaders allowing participants to learn and engage in issues relevant to Tasmania’s future.To find out more about the opportunity, download an application form or register to attend one of our information sessions visi the Tasmanian Leaders website.

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Who: Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network (Tasmania)
What: Just Words - What we talk about when we talk about health
Where: Long Room, Parliament House, Hobart
When: 21 August 2015, 12.30 - 1.30pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: By 19 August 2015. P: 0400 480 908 E: 
Contact: Miriam Herzfeld. See contact details above
For further information, view the flyer.

Professional Development Workshops

Who: Community Standards and Health Industry Council
What: Implementation of new training packages
Where: Various locations
When: August and September 2015. See website for details
Cost: Contact organisers for cost
Registration: Download registration form
Contact: Evan Cooper P: 02 8226 6635, E:


What: Annual Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference 2015
Where: Perth
When: 8 - 11 November 2015
Cost: See website
Registration: Via website
ContactP: 02 8204 0770 E:  

Clinical Workshop

Who: The Byron Clinic
What: Two day Advanced Clinical Workshop on Motivational Interviewing
Where: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
When: November 2015 - See website for actual dates
Cost: Early $600, Standard $650, Final $700
Registration: Via website
Contact: See website

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Effectiveness Bank alert. Alcohol taxes fall, deaths rise in Finland

Simulations predicting what might happen are the main indications in the UK of how alcohol price and tax changes will affect health, but from Finland we have evidence that how heavily alcohol is taxed really does affect alcohol-related deaths. Read more here.

Underage binge drinking on the decline

A new study on Australian drinking patterns found that the number of underage teens who are binge drinking has halved in 13 years and the number of young abstainers has more than doubled. Find out more about FARE’s latest research report, authored by Michael Livingston (CAPR) here.

Doing the devil’s work

Expansion of Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) to non-specialised sites requires an NSP workforce with skills in engaging stakeholders who may have different opinions of NSP. This study examined the strategies used by NSP workers to develop and maintain NSP services and the emotional labour involved in performing this work. Read more here.

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Building safe communities for women and their children funding

The Australian Government invites applications for projects under the Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children funding round which is open to local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local governments. Reducing violence against women and their children is an issue across Australian communities. This one-off investment will assist local communities to improve safety for women and their children through locally based and locally designed solutions to meet local needs. It can also be used to support the development of positive responses for communities of interest.

Applicants can apply for one-off time limited funding of up to a total of $150,000 over two financial years. Total funding of up to $4million is available from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2017. Read more here.

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Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson

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Selection of quotes from Crystal Methamphetamine Training Evaluation Responses

"It was VERY informative. VERY well delivered and kept all of us interested.

"The morning session was excellent and would rate it beyond 150% of our expectations.

"The training was of a high professional standard. Both presenters were experienced, knowledgeable and informative.  I found the staff of ATDC very welcoming and the way Jann Smith took time out to greet people was very warming.
PPEI Implementation Plan

ATDC CEO Jann Smith is interviewed by several media outlets at the PPEI Launch

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