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Enhancing Supports for Women Affected by Harmful Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Domestic and Family Violence
In the ACT there are opportunities to better respond to women who use alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in harmful ways and who report experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV). The Enhancing supports for women affected by harmful alcohol and other drug use and domestic and family violence project has engaged affected women, service providers, researchers and policy makers in the ACT to identify improved responses. 
The project is a partnership between ATODA, the Research School of Population Health, ANU; the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW; and the Gendered Violence Research Network, University of New South Wales – and is partially funded by the ACT Government.
The project team is writing up the findings and the report will be available in October 2016.
We hope this project will provide new insights and support improved responses, including through the development and implementation of the ACT Government’s Safer Families initiative.

Other ATODA involvements are also listed throughout the eBulletin including an employment opportunity: Operations & Communications Officer

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Workers Group

In lieu of the August meeting, the Workers Group co-hosted with Hepatitis ACT an event on 4 August 2016 for World Hepatitis Day on How to support people with Hepatitis C to access treatment.
For further information about this event see the World Hepatitis Day 2016 section.
The ACT ATOD Workers Group met on 7 July 2016, and are progressing work across a range of areas. If you would like to get involved, please review the information below and liaise with the Workers Group representative from your agency.
Activities / discussions include:
  • Promoting the Comorbidity Day to be held on 28 September at Blackfriars. To register go to:
  • Discussing CAHMA’s workload and the announcement of the new AIVL CEO, Dr Angella Duvnjak. See AIVL Media Release
  • Promoting the launch of the Ted Noffs Foundation Civic program on 29 July 2016
  • Discussing Karralika’s various programs and the progress of the “intensive early bird” program offering support for people on the waiting list
  • Update on Toora Women Inc. programs and new developments on the establishment of a new database system
  • Promoting Toora Women Inc. training partnership with CAHMA
  • Promoting the trial for an adult diversion program with the watch house and potential strengthening of connections between ADS and CatholicCare
  • Promoting the change in legislation for extended supply of sterile injecting equipment and July drug-driving forum
  • Discussing ways to support opioid overdose prevention, including naloxone distribution, as core business of AOD treatment and support services
  • Discussing the need for improved processes regarding data including understanding data, how to get the data, assess it and use it to inform planning.
  • Reporting on CRS program status update, new staff and recent training opportunities
  • Discussing ways to promote new Hepatitis C treatment, availability of accurate information and access to fibroscan
  • Reporting on the progress for the update of the ACT ATOD Services Directory (
  • Reporting on the progress for the review of the Qualification Strategy policy (
  • Reporting on the status and availability of various AOD funding opportunities through: Public Health Network (PHN) funding, Commonwealth funding, ACT Health contracts, ACT Budget
  • Promoting International Overdose Awareness Day on 31 August (
  • Reporting on the Withdrawal Review and Redesign Project and ATODA’s role in supporting 360edge to conduct the review
  • Reporting on the potential partnership for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AOD residential rehabilitation at the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm
  • Discussing the development process of an ACT Treatment Services Plan
  • Reporting on the potential partnership with the Yurauna Centre, CIT to support students undertaking Cert IV in AOD to do placements with AOD services
  • Discussing hosting an event for World Hepatitis Day in lieu of the August Workers Group meeting. The forum will be an occasion to share information with workers about the new treatments and to help people living with hepatitis C access new treatments (see below).
  • Update on various ATODA projects and involvements on the: Service User Satisfaction and Outcome Survey, Paper on the specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment sector: a description and examination of treatment and support approaches, Ministerial Drug Driving Forum, Act on Alcohol, ACT Drug Strategy, We Can Project, Family and Domestic Violence and AOD Research Project 
For further information about the ACT ATOD Workers Group visit the ATODA website or contact Julie Robert, ATODA on

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World Hepatitis Day 2016

World Hepatitis Day Event for Workers
Hepatitis ACT, ACT Health, Workers Group & ATODA

The ACT ATOD Workers Group hosted, in collaboration with Hepatitis ACT, the World Hepatitis Day Event for Workers on 4 August 2016 at University House. The event was a great success and was well attended with over 40 workers and managers.
It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the new hepatitis C treatments, pathways into treatment, how to support people accessing treatment, and what improvements we could make to the current system.
Speakers included:
  • Melanie Walker, President, Hepatitis ACT
  • Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss, Althea Wellness Clinic, Directions (See Dr Sturgiss Presentation)
  • Kerrie McKenzie, Hepatitis ACT, to discuss her lived experience as a person who has undergone HCV DAA treatment
  • Dr Sarah Walker, Liver Clinic, to present the latest treatment data
  • Carrie Fowlie, Executive Officer, ATODA
ATODA would like to thank everyone who participated and attended this event and made that day a memorable one highlighting the great achievements made in the ACT.
For more information: Contact Julie Robert by email at or call (02) 6255 4070.
World Hepatitis Day: Celebrating Achievement and Progress in the ACT
Hepatitis ACT

On 28 July 2016, blood borne virus experts, community sector partners, and health officials gathered with ACT Assistant Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris MLA to acknowledge the tremendous strides forward in the management of hepatitis C in the ACT.
The event was hosted by Dr Tuck Meng Soo at the Interchange General Practice to mark World Hepatitis Day in the ACT. World Hepatitis Day is one of a handful of ‘health days’ recognised by the World Health Organization, and aims to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.
John Didlick, Executive Officer of Hepatitis ACT said “In Australia around half a million people – or one in 50 – are living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Hepatitis related deaths have climbed beyond 1,000 each year. Of all the Australians currently living with a chronic blood borne virus, 94% of them have hepatitis B or C, and 93% of all blood borne virus notifications are for hepatitis B or C.”
“In light of those statistics it might appear unseemly to be celebrating World Hepatitis Day. However there are achievements and progress locally that need acknowledging, as they take us ever closer to the elimination of hepatitis C as a public health concern”, he said.
  • Specialists and GPs in the ACT are delivering a stunning increase in treatment of hepatitis C, now that new direct acting antiviral medicines are available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. These therapies are curative for most people, and much better tolerated than previous interferon-based treatments. In order to maximise the benefits for affected communities, expanding access to hep C treatments through primary care is critical.
  • The Capital Health Network’s HealthPathways Portal, the ACT Testing Month Collaboration, Garran Medical Imaging, the ACT Needle and Syringe Program network, Directions ACT’s Althea Clinic, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, Justice Health’s Hume Health Centre, Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy, and the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association of the ACT have all made significant contributions
  • Hepatitis Australia – supported by state and territory hepatitis organisations and affected communities – lead a determined and successful advocacy campaign leading to unrestricted access to new generation hepatitis C medicines. 
For more information: See the full media release, email or call (02) 6230 6344

New Resources and Fact sheets available
Hepatitis ACT, Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)

Hepatitis ACT and CAHMA have produced fact sheets containing information about the new Hepatitis C treatment and access to treatment: For more information: Contact Hepatitis ACT at or call (02) 6230 6344, or CAHMA at or call (02) 6279 1670

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
This year has a new theme: Time to Remember. Time to Act. The new theme has been applied across a set of downloadable resources to help plan and promote events this year. The kit includes posters, social media images and a comprehensive event supporter kit.
There are many opportunities for individual, families and communities to get involved. Events can be listed on the International Overdose Awareness Day website.
For more information: Visit the website, or call (03) 9659 0699

Overdose Awareness Month
Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)

The Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) will be holding Overdose Awareness Month throughout August.
People are invited to visit the CAHMA office to write a tribute to a loved one lost to overdose, enter their poem writing competition to win a prize and get trained in using naloxone.
For more information: See the flyer, email or call (02) 6279 1670

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Sector Development, Events and Activities

9th Annual Comorbidity Interagency Day 
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn are hosting the 9th Annual Comorbidity Interagency Day. This is a free event and great opportunity for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and mental health services to network and strengthen interagency partnerships and referrals.
This year there will be 2 special guest speakers followed by the original market day format and lunch. 

Date: 28 September 2016
Time: 11am – 2pm
Venue: Blackfriars Rose Garden, Australian Catholic University (ACU), 127 Phillip Avenue, Watson
For more information: See the Eventbrite page, or email

Information Session for Charities and Not-for-Profits Organisations
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

ACNC is holding a round of free information sessions for charities and NFPs organisations Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM will talk about the work of the ACNC, issues facing the sector and how to meet the ACNC obligations, including the Annual Information Statement.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions directly to the Commissioner during the Q&A session.
As part of the sessions, they will also be providing a free basic financial training session, which includes how to avoid the most common Annual Information Statements errors.
Date: 24 August 2016
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Nicholls Theatrette, National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City

For more information: Visit the Eventbrite webpage, visit the ACNC website, or call 13 22 62

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Training and Professional Development

ACT Comorbidity Bus Tours
ATODA, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and the Youth Coalition of the ACT

The Comorbidity Bus Tour seeks to increase the capacity of frontline workers to support people experiencing co-occurring ATOD and mental health issues (comorbidity). The Comorbidity Bus Tour visits a variety of services in the ACT from the alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD), mental health and youth sectors.

The next Comorbidity Bus Tour for 2015 will be Tour A on 7 September 2016.

Cost: Members of the Youth Coalition, ATODA or MHCC ACT $50, $60 Non-member or non-government organisations, $70 Government workers

For more information: Visit ATODA's website, email or call (02) 6247 3540

August - September 2016 Training and Professional Development Calendar
ATODA, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and the Youth Coalition of the ACT

The ACT Training and Professional Development Calendar collates training and professional development opportunities for workers in the alcohol, tobacco and other drug, youth, mental health, family support and community sectors.

To get the August - September 2016 training calendar, click here.
To include your training in the next calendar, email or call the Youth Coalition on (02) 6247 3540

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training
ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS)

The aim of this training is to:
  1. Assist workers to attain a practical and measureable difference in the lives of Aboriginal people
  2. Assist government and corporate organisations to better engage with Aboriginal people and communities. 
The training program will include such modules as cultural respect, effective communication, past policies and practices that have impacted upon Aboriginal people, and yarning circles on various topics.
Date: 16 September 2016
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Weston Hub Meeting Room, 6 Gritten Street, Weston
Cost: ACTCOSS Member $270, Non-Member $300, Government/Corporate $330

For more information: Visit the Eventbrite page, email or call (02) 6202 7200

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Conferences and Symposiums

NDARC Annual Symposium
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)

This year’s keynote at the NDARC Annual Symposium will be jointly presented by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Professor Kate Conigrave and Mr Scott Wilson Director of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council in South Australia . Their presentation Aboriginal Australians and alcohol and drugs: where we are now and future directions will review the current status, recent developments and suggestions for moving forward, giving examples from prevention, treatment, policy and evaluation research.
Other related presentations at the Symposium include Professor Anthony Shakeshaft on the effectiveness of community-based interventions for Indigenous Australians; Professor Kate Dolan on HIV, prisons and human rights and Professor Michael Farrell on OST in prisons.
Date: 12 September 2016
Venue: John Niland Scientia Conference and Events Centre, Sydney
For more information: Visit the NDARC website or call (02) 9385 0333

Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference: Call for Abstracts
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) & Griffith University Institute

On 15 & 16 February 2017 the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), in partnership with the Griffith Criminology Institute, will be convening the 4th annual Applied Research in Crime and Criminal Justice Conference.

The aim of the conference is to showcase high quality policy-relevant research on crime and criminal justice in Australia. Keynote speakers at the conference include Elizabeth Drake (Washington State Institute for Public Policy), Professor Jerry Ratcliffe (Temple University), Professor Rick Sarre (University of South Australia) and Professor Steven Raphael (University of California, Berkeley).
Abstracts are invited from anyone who has recently conducted or is currently conducting research on crime and criminal justice.
Closing Date: 16 September 2016
For more information: Visit the website, email, or call (02) 8346 1100

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Resources and Publications

SURE: Substance Use Recovery Evaluator
King’s College London

SURE is a psychometrically valid, quick and easy-to-complete outcome measure, developed with unprecedented input from people in recovery. It can be used alongside, or instead of, existing outcome tools.
For more information: Visit the King's College London website

Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal
Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre
This portal hosts information for organisations funded through the national Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme, but will also be useful for people working in the many other initiatives that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit or reduce their smoking.
This portal is where to find information on the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource Information Centre (TISRIC). The TISRIC has been developed by the National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) and is tailored to the needs of TIS organisations, with information on: planning activities and interventions; activities that work; resources that work; and how to determine how well an activities work.
The portal also offers access to publications, resources, and information about projects and activities that relate to tobacco cessation. Workforce information includes job opportunities, funding sources and other organisations interested in tobacco control. The events section has information on courses and training, conferences, workshops and other events. These resources have been brought together in one place to help support clients and communities.
This web resource also links to the TIS Yarning Place and many social media platforms to encourage information sharing and collaboration among TIS-funded organisations.
For more information: See the Portal, or call (08) 9370 6336
Research Update
Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS), Australian Catholic University (ACU)
The Research Update aims to keep stakeholders informed about the projects the ICPS is undertaking. The July 2016 update provides information on the following current research projects:
  • Managing Ethical Studies on Sensitive Issues (MESSI): Involving children in social research;
  • kContact: Keeping contact between parents and children in care;
  • Developing an understanding of how children understand and experience safety in institutions;
  • Safe and Sound: The safety of young people in residential care;
  • ·Help-Seeking and Primary Prevention Research Project;
  • Encouraging and sustaining quality care to improve outcomes for children and young people in care;
  • Child Protection Practitioner Study;
  • Evaluation of the Youth Hope Program; and,
  • Building Capacity in Family Support Services: Provision of evaluative support services to FaC service providers.
For more information: See the Update, email or call (02) 6209 1228
Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and Causes of Illness and Death in Australia 2011
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
The report Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011 was released in May 2016.
This release contains additional supplementary material related to this publication, including underlying data for a range of figures included in the main report.
For more information: See the Summary Report, the supplementary data tables, or visit the AIHW website

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Newsletters, Magazines and Updates

The Loop
National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Loop contains information about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders such as National and New Zealand news, resources, latest research and up coming events.
For more information: See the latest issue
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Youth, Mental Health and Allied Sector

Research into Personality Styles
The Australian National University (ANU)

People are invited to participate in a study investigating personality styles. Participants must be over 18 and be currently receiving mental health care treatment, or have received mental health care treatment in the past 12 months,
Eligible participants will be asked to complete an online survey at the ANU. Participation will be confidential, and will take approximately 45 minutes. Participants will receive $20.

For more information: Email or call (02) 6125 5902

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Operations & Communications Officer
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)

ATODA is looking for an Operations & Communications Officer to support the CEO and coordinate communications. This position is a 7-month fixed term contract.
This pivotal role provides assistance and administrative support to the CEO and a small supportive team with a focus on operational and communication duties including:
  • Developing content for eBulletins & websites
  • Distributing eBulletins & maintaining websites
  • Developing & implementing projects as negotiated
  • Collating background information to support planning
  • Drafting correspondence & preparation of agendas, minutes and briefs 
ATODA is looking for someone with a commitment to the values of population health, human rights, social justice and reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Highly regarded will be Apple Mac users with previous experience in a similar administration and / or communications role with:
  • Qualifications in administration, communications, public health or related field, highly regarded
  • High proficiency in MS Office & ideally WordPress (on the job training will be provided)
  • Strong abilities to manage competing demands in a fast paced environment
  • Highly developed interpersonal & communication skills
  • An absolute attention to detail
If improving the health and wellbeing of the ACT community is important to you, please forward your resume and covering letter addressing the skills required to quoting reference #33301. To discuss this opportunity please call Annie Barker on 02 8243 0570.
For more information: See the Position Description

ACT Hepatitis B Community Education Project Part-Time Position
Hepatitis ACT

Hepatitis ACT is seeking a suitably qualified person to work part-time (22.5 hours per week) until 30 June 2017 (with a possibility of extension) on the ACT Hepatitis B Community Education Project. The Project Officer reports to the Executive Officer, and is responsible for the coordination and delivery of a program of hepatitis B information, education and health promotion for people from high prevalence communities.
Closing date: 21 August 2016
For more information: email or call (02) 6230 6344
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Part-Time Position

Hepatitis ACT

This is an identified position for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. Hepatitis ACT is seeking a suitably qualified person to work part-time (22.5 hours per week) until 30 June 2017 (with a possibility of extension) on the ACT Hepatitis B Indigenous Community Education Project. The Project Officer reports to the Executive Officer, and is responsible for the coordination and delivery of a program of hepatitis B information, education and health promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT.
Closing date: 21 August 2016
For more information: email or call (02) 6230 6344

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ACT Media

This section includes ATOD related media from or relevant to the ACT

Seizure of amphetamine-type stimulants on a steep rise in the ACT
Canberra Times, 4 August 2016
Drug-busts for amphetamine-type stimulants has skyrocketed in the ACT, a new report has found.
For more information: See the article

Finding a better way to treat drug addiction than by jailing people
Canberra Times, 10 August 2016
Australia could learn a lot from the fact that a number of American cities are successfully reducing the role of criminalisation in their drug policies.
For more information: See the article
Service struggles to help women in crisis
CityNews, 8 August 2016
Public awareness of domestic violence is at an all-time high, says Susan Clarke-Lindfield, executive director of Toora Women, and yet funding for support for women experiencing it is still critically low.
For more information: See the article
Levi Freeman-Quay appeals conviction fir drunken Civic one-punch assault
Canberra Times, 8 August 2016
Lawyers for convicted "one-punch" attacker Levi Freeman-Quay say enlarged CCTV footage suggests another man could have delivered the devastating blow to Matt Pridham's head.
For more information: See the article
Extra money spent on drug law enforcement is having little effect on ice trade
Canberra Times, 5 August 2016
Could anything be more dispiriting than being a law enforcement warrior in the war against drugs? Last year police and customs agents seized record amounts of "ice", or crystal methamphetamine, now clearly enemy No. 1 in the illicit drug game.
For more information: See the article
Canberra bottle shop owners say 25 per cent taxation hike could force them to shed staff
Canberra Times, 4 August 2016
Canberra bottle shop owner Paul Cains already spends precious little time with his children Nicholas and Sophie, but once the ACT Government hikes his liquor licence fees by 25 per cent, he fears he will miss out on even more.
For more information: See the article
Mandatory rehabilitation for methylamphetamine users ruled out in ACT
Canberra Times, 4 August 2016
The ACT Government has ruled out  radical new laws that could allow concerned family members to force meth users into rehab.
For more information: See the article
ACT Government to start medicinal cannabis scheme
Canberra Times, 4 August 2016
Canberrans seeking medicinal cannabis products will soon be supported by a medical cannabis scheme run by the ACT Government.
For more information: See the article
Buff and busted: spike in arrests and seizures for illegal steroids
Canberra Times, 4 August 2016
Australia's pursuit of the perfect pecs, abs and biceps has led to an explosion in the number of arrests and seizures for illegal steroids.
For more information: See the article
The five reasons people die on Canberra roads
Canberra Times, 3 August 2016
It may have been law for more than 40 years, but ACT Policing said failing to buckle up is still one of the main reasons people die on Canberra roads.
For more information: See the article
Weekly Dose: sofosbuvir – what’s the price of a hepatitis C cure?
The Conversation, 3 August 2016
Greg Dore, Professor, UNSW
Marianne Martinello, Research Associate, Kirby Institute
Sofosbuvir is one of a number of new direct-acting antiviral drugs revolutionising the care of people living with hepatitis C. Combinations of two or three hepatitis C virus direct-acting antiviral drugs taken for 8-24 weeks can cure more than 90% of people treated. However, this breakthrough in clinical medicine comes at a cost.
For more information: See the article
Urgent action needed to better rehabilitate Canberra jail inmates: committee
Canberra Times, 2 August 2016
The government should bring in local businesses to help urgently create a prison industry program that produces goods and services for the outside population, an inquiry has found.
For more information: See the article
ACT Health moving more staff to Woden
CityNews, 2 August 2016
Simon Corbell says more ACT Health staff will move into the Woden Town Centre, with the ACT Government signing a 15-year agreement to lease 2-6 Bowes Street with Quintessential Equity.
For more information: See the article
E-cigarettes now tightly regulated in the ACT
Canberra Times, 1 August 2016
E-cigarettes will now be banned in smoke-free areas in Canberra and can no longer be sold to minors under new laws.
For more information: See the article
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The Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) is the peak body representing the non-government and government alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) sector in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). ATODA seeks to promote health through the prevention and reduction of the harms associated with ATOD. 

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