ATDC eNews July 2016
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ATDC eNews

July 2016



New Staff Member for ATDC

The ATDC welcomes Erin Nunn to the role of Sector Capacity Building Project Officer. Erin has a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Tasmania and has practised as a pharmacist in southern Tasmania since 2011.
Erin has worked in a number of pharmacies that have participated in the opioid pharmacotherapy program and the needle and syringe availability program. She has worked with individuals with various substance and mental health issues.
Erin is interested in pursuing opportunities to further her knowledge and has expressed interest in completing a Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice and a Masters in Public Health in the future. 

Erin can be contacted 03 6231 5002 or by email on

Tasmanian ATOD Awards - Dr Anna Dimsey

The 2016 Excellence in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Work Award for an individual was won by Dr Anna Dimsey of the Hobart Clinic. 

Dr Anna Dimsey’s early career saw her working with gambling addictions providing group counselling programs and providing training for service providers. For six years, she worked with DHHS Alcohol and Drug Service as a Clinical Psychologist providing assessment and treatment for clients with complex alcohol and drug and mental health disorders.

She joined Hobart Clinic in 2011 as a Clinical Psychologist and has been the principle clinician in developing the clinic’s Addictive Behaviour programs. During the last 12 months, she has developed a specific Alcohol and Drug Treatment eight week program at the Hobart Clinic.

Anna said winning the award was very unexpected. "It's nice to have recognition of that expertise and prior work I have done in the area (alcohol and drugs)," she said. 

Anna got into the sector in a surprising way.  "I did a placement as a student at the Alcohol and Drug Service and I didn't want to go and actually asked to be placed somewhere different as I thought that I knew nothing about this area".

"I was told that was the only placement available at the right time so I did it and loved it and that's when I thought, I love this and this is where I want to work".

It was fortunate for the sector that Anna took that placement and we wish her well in her ongoing career and applaud her passion for the sector.

There will be coverage of the other winner for 2016, the Consumer Reference Group - Advocacy Tasmania in the August eNews.

International Overdose Awareness Day - Call for ATDC Members

It is time to start planning what you are going to do to for International Overdose Awareness Day on 31 August 2016.There is a new theme: Time to Remember. Time to Act. Visit the website for plenty of resources and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

ATDC intend to run an event on this day and would welcome member involvement. Please contact the ATDC on 03 6231 5002 if you would like to be involved


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 take place in ten Neighbourhood Houses throughout the state, and 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.

Regional ATDC Member Meetings (RAMMS)

The ATDC would like to invite members to attend the Regional Member Meeting (RAMMS) in your region. These meetings are regularly convened across the State to provide the ATDC membership with an opportunity to raise any local issues relating to service delivery or policy matters and to ensure that the strategic direction and planning of the ATDC continues to be informed by your views. 
RSVP by Wednesday 13 July to and specify the location of the meeting you will be attending
Monday 18 July 2016
1pm – 3pm
Youth, Family and Community Connections
The Junction
64 Stewart St
Tuesday 19 July 2016
9.30am – 11.30pm
116 Elizabeth Street
Wednesday 20 July 2016
1pm – 3pm
Salvation Army Bridge Centre
63 – 68 Creek Road
New Town

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Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty week runs from 16 - 22 October 2016. The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Everyone is encouraged to help reduce poverty and hardship by organising an activity during the week or taking part in an activity organised by others. Read more here.

Putting Gender on the Agenda

The Drug Education Network and the ATDC are holding a forum: Putting Gender on the Agenda to discuss provision of services to women in Tasmania. This will be a chance to look at the intersection of the ATOD, Women’s and Mental Health sectors to improve our responsiveness, break down barriers and hear women’s voices as consumers.Read more here. Register here.

Recovery Buddy Project

If you or someone you know has a smart phone lying around unused, consider donating it to the Recovery Buddy Project.

Researchers at UTAS (in partnership with the Salvation Army Bridge Program) are trialling a mobile phone 'app' which is designed to help people 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. You can donate your smart phone to the project by calling 0475 030 634 or emailing Read more here.

NEW Resources for Working with CALD Communities

Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre's (DAMEC) Australia-wide AOD workforce survey provides new insights into the standards and practices currently undertaken at AOD programs to address known access-barriers for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
Key findings represented in posters show evidence of practices recommended in the National AOD Workforce Development Strategy 2015-2018, as well as in other State and Federal guidelines. They also offer evidence against which to monitor improvements in practices across the AOD sector.

The first poster covers how Australian AOD programs promote themselves and how they identify CALD clients attending programs. Read more here. The second poster covers workforce development, training, interpreter access and bilingual roles, as well as suggestions from the workforce on how the sector could improve. Read more here.

Round up of policies of parties in upcoming elections 2016

In late May 2016 Harm Reduction Australia asked six political parties to share whether they supported a number of harm reduction based policies and programs for Australia. Read the results here. The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has also released an Alcohol Policy Scorecard rating the major parties, which can be found here.

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Who: ATDC and Drug Education Network (DEN)
What: Putting Gender on the Agenda
Where: The Grange, Campbell Town, Tasmania
When: 21 July 2016
Cost: $30
Registration: Online
Contact: Read more here.


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


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: See website 
Contact: Damian Collins P: 03 6424 7353 or E:


Who: Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council South Australia 
What: 4th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference
Where: Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, South Australia
When: 11 - 14 October 2016
Cost: See website
Registration: Read more here.
Contact: Via 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


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: 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:

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Opioid Painkiller Study

More than half of patients prescribed opioid painkillers have or expect to have extra pills left over, according to a new study. And one-fifth of those individuals share their pills with a friend or family member.

The findings by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health sheds light on how prescription painkillers circulate in the US, as overdose deaths from opioids are skyrocketing. There were 29,000 opioid overdoses in 2014, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Read more here.

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Flood Recovery Support

Many Tasmanians have been affected by the recent floods so it is pertinent to list information on recovery assistance here.

Mental Health Week Small Grants Program

Are you thinking of organising a mental health week event in your community, school or workplace?
You may be eligible to apply for a grant to go towards the expenses of running an event or activity.
Applications close 5pm, Friday 15 July 2016.
Event Planning Kit (essential reading to apply for a grant)
2016 Application Form

More information: Catherine Delpero P: 03 6224 9222 or E:


Click on the link to view stories
Erin Nunn

ATDC Sector Capacity Building Project Officer

Dr Anna Dimsey

2016 ATOD Award winner


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