ATDC eNews June 2016
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ATDC eNews

June 2016



Interim CEO for ATDC

Debra Rabe is currently acting as the interim CEO for ATDC. Debra has come from a varied and exciting background. She has been running her own business, mainly case managing with the National Disability Insurance Scheme and conducting training and mediation for organisations.  She has also assisted not for profit organisations with funding submissions and governance issues.  Prior to that Debra worked with the Sexual Assault Support Service and the Royal Commission into Childhood Sexual Assault. She also spent 22 years in the Tasmanian Government with many achievements along with way.

Position Vacant - ATDC CEO

Recruitment for the position of CEO at the ATDC is being managed by KPMG. Contact Richard Durand or Lynne Chapman at KPMG on 03 6230 4000 for a copy of the position description. Email your application to

View job advertisement here.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 June 2016.


Position Vacant at ATDC

ATDC has a position vacant for a Workforce Development Officer. This position is part-time (four days per week). Intra-state travel will be required.  Salary is based on the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, Level 6, with above award salary and conditions including access to salary packaging.

Applications addressing the selection criteria and including your resume should be submitted by email no later than 5pm Friday 17 June 2016 to, Debra Rabe, Chief Executive Officer. Email:

Read the position description here.

For further information, email your query and  daytime contact details to

Wrap up of ATDC 2016 Conference

The ATDC 2016 Conference ran from Thursday 12 May to Friday 13 May 2016. The conference was a very successful one and the ATDC would like to extend congratulations to all the presenters who provided an interesting variety of presentations and workshops. Thanks go to our conference committee members who came up with ideas, discussion and ongoing motivation. We must also thank Naomi Sarich from Lifestyle Concierge who was our very efficient Conference Manager. Thank you to our Conference Facilitator Jeff Buckley who kept things running along smoothly, entertained the audience and provided delegates with great wrap ups of each day.

Finally thank you to our sponsors who helped with ensuring the conference went ahead.
Platinum Sponsor - Indivior
Silver Sponsors
Primary Health Tasmania
Velocity Transformations
The Hobart Clinic

Some presenters have allowed us to share their presentations. They are available on the ATDC website.

Two galleries of images are available on the ATDC Facebook page.
Conference Delegates
Conference Presenters and Sponsors

Please tag yourselves and share images if you would like to. If you do not want your photo displayed on social media, please email a screenshot to and it will be removed.

Tasmanian ATOD Awards 

Winners were announced for the 2016 Tasmanian ATOD Awards at the ATDC 2016 Conference dinner. Big congratulations to:

  • Excellence in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Work for a program or organisation - Consumer Reference Group Advocacy Tasmania.
  • Excellence in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Work for an individual - Dr Anna Dimsey of the Hobart Clinic.
Read more here. A more comprehensive coverage will be in the next eNews.

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Put your old smart phones to good use

Researchers at the University of Tasmania (in partnership with the Salvation Army Bridge Program) are trialling a mobile phone 'app' which is designed to help people to stop or reduce their use of drugs/alcohol. The 'app' includes tools which are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a proven therapy for substance dependence.

Volunteers who are trialling the 'app' need access to a smart phone. If you have a smart phone and compatible charger in working order that you no longer use, you can donate them to the project by calling 0475 030 634 or email Recovery.

Save the Date

Coming soon from the Drug Education Network: Putting Gender on the Agenda – A forum to discuss provision of services to women in Tasmania. 21 July 2016 at The Grange, Campbell Town. For further information, contact the Drug Education Network on 03 6211 2350.

Pregnant Pause

Pregnant Pause is an initiative developed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent not-for-profit working to stop the harm caused by alcohol. The campaign encourages Australians to go alcohol free during their pregnancy, or the pregnancy of their partner, family member, friend or loved one. Read more here.

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

FARE's Annual Alcohol Poll 

Each year the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) national alcohol poll provides valuable trend data and insights into community perspectives on alcohol. Amy Ferguson unpacks the 2016 poll findings, examining what we drink and what we think about alcohol, our awareness of alcohol’s harm, our concerns about the problem, and our support for a range of policy solutions.

The nation’s most comprehensive alcohol poll takes an in-depth look at Australians’ attitudes towards alcohol, their drinking behaviours, and their perspectives on key alcohol policies. Now in its seventh year, the annual poll carried out by Galaxy Research reveals valuable trend data and provides insights into community perspectives on alcohol. Read more here.

You can also like FARE Australia on Facebook, and follow @FAREAustralia on Twitter to stay up to date and join the conversation. 

Victoria to force all drink drivers to use alcohol interlocks

In mid May, an ABC report by Tony Eastly highlighted that the Victorian Government has announced every drink-driver will be forced to install an alcohol interlock in their car for six months. 

The Government is also considering dropping the legal blood-alcohol limit to .02. Read more here

The Vault - TasCOSS

The Vault provides a central, searchable access point for TasCOSS's rich library of research analysis, policy submissions, State Budget statements, Annual Reports and more. It is free and accessible to everyone and well worth a look.

Queries, feedback and ideas: Nic McBride, 03 6231 0755 or

Australian FASD Diagnostic Tool and Referral Guide

The availability of the Diagnostic Instrument, the Guide and the on-line training modules to support clinicians to make a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnosis using the national standardised diagnostic criteria and instrument will provide the foundation to improve rates of diagnoses of FASD in Australia. The resources will promote timeliness and consistency in diagnosis and will help estimate the prevalence of FASD in Australia. This in turn will improve the evidence base for prevention, diagnosis, management and advocacy for improved services and supports. Read more here.

Heroin Recovery House in Sydney keeping mums and bubs together

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on a heroin recovery house that is a place where mothers can make a last effort to rehabilitate before they risk losing their children. Read more here.

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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: Advocacy Tasmania
What: Consumer Engagement Forums
Where: Devonport and Hobart
When: 8 June (Devonport) and 15 June (Hobart) 2016
Cost: FREE
Registration: Devonport and Hobart
Contact: Tamara on 0409 345 257 or email


What: 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users
Where: Oslo, Norway
When: 7 - 9 September 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: See website
Contact: Conference Secretariat P: +61 2 8204 0770 or E:
View conference website here.
More information here. Please note, extra conferences are listed in this document.


What: 10th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference
Where: Gold Coast
When: 29 September - 1 October 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: See website
Contact: Conference Secretariat P: +61 2 8204 0770 or E:
View conference website here.
More information here. Please note, extra conferences are listed in this document.


Who: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA)
What: Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC2017), Mobilising for change: Alcohol policy and the evidence for action
Where: Melbourne
When: 4 - 6 October 2016
Cost: TBA
Registration:  See website
Contact: P: 02 6285 2373 or E:


Who: Youth Family and Community Connections 
What: Working Together to Make a Difference
Where: Burnie Arts and Function Centre
When: 11 - 12 October 2016
Cost: To be advised
Call for Abstracts: Read more here.
Contact: Damian Collins P: 03 6424 7353 or E:


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


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

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Poly-drug Trafficking

International drug law enforcement agencies have identified an apparent rise in high level drug traffickers choosing to deal in multiple different drugs. It is hypothesised that this may be a “deliberate modus operandi” and that the formation of “portfolios of trades” may make such traffickers more profitable, harmful and resilient to changes in drug supply and policing. In this paper we provide the first exploration of the extent, nature and harms of poly-drug trafficking at Australian borders. Read more here.

Estimating the Number of Regular and Dependent Methamphetamine Users in Australia

Almost 270,000 Australians aged between 15 and 54 years are regular users of methamphetamine, and over half of those are dependent on the drug, according to research that comprises the first quantification of the size of this population published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Read more here.

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NIB Foundation Community Grants Program

NIB foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are accepted from eligible organisations across Australia.

Funding of  $5,000 to $50,000 will be provided to 10-15 organisations each year to undertake projects that run for approximately 12 months. Read more here.

Regional Revival Fund Grants

The Regional Revival Fund Grant Program is open to private sector businesses and local councils (including council-owned businesses) to assist with capital costs associated with new, or upgrading, economic, environmental and social infrastructure projects that will generate or sustain ongoing economic activity and jobs.

The program will see jobs created in regional Tasmania through assisting eligible proponents to bring forward projects that would otherwise be delayed or not proceed allowing them to generate or sustain ongoing economic activity and jobs.

Approximately $2.2 million is available to support additional projects through this Expression of Interest process and it is generally expected that grants would be for no more than one-half of the total capital expenditure of an applicant’s project.

One-off grants of between $100 000 and $2 million per project are on offer to eligible Expression of Interest  applicants for projects that best advance the objectives of the fund. Read more here.

Tasmanian Community Fund Grants

The Tasmanian Community Fund Board is seeking to fund a range of projects ($1 to $50 000) that build or improve community infrastructure.  For this round the Fund is seeking community infrastructure projects that focus on:

  • skate parks – improvements to existing skate parks or the construction of new parks
  • bike tracks/parks – improvements to existing tracks/parks, construction of new tracks/parks or the development of infrastructure to support community use of tracks/parks
  • walking trails/tracks – improvements to existing trails/tracks, construction of new trails/tracks or the development of infrastructure to support community use of trails/tracks
  • playgrounds – construction of new playgrounds or improvements to existing playgrounds
  • outdoor exercise equipment – installation of new equipment.
Applications close 22 June 2016. Read more here.
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Debra Rabe
ATDC Interim CEO

Platinum Sponsor
ATDC 2016 Conference


Keynote Speaker
ATDC 2016 Conference

June Oscar OAM

Tasmanian ATOD Award recipient

Consumer Reference Group
Advocacy Tasmania

Award presented by Wendy Groot and accepted by Rebecca Lord.

Tasmanian ATOD Award recipient

Dr Anna Dimsey
The Hobart Clinic

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