ACT ATOD Sector eBulletin - October 2012
ATODA eBulletin -

News from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

4th Annual ACT ATOD Awards – Nominations close this Friday 12 October 2012!
Nominations are now open for the 4th Annual ACT ATOD Awards, to be held on 5 December 2012 at the ACT Legislative Assembly. The application package can be downloaded here as a pdf or word doc
For more information: Call (02) 6255 4070 or email

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Assistance for Workers
Access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available to smokers who are ATOD, youth or mental health workers in the non-government, not for profit sector of the ACT and/or members of ATODA to help staff address their tobacco consumption and support quit attempts at no cost to the individual employee. The NRT Policy and registration form can be accessed on the ATODA website.
For more information: Call (02) 6255 4070 or email

ACT ATOD Minimum Qualification Strategy (MQS)
Under the ACT ATOD MQS it is necessary for all workers employed by ATOD services operated by the ACT Government Health Directorate or community organisations funded by the ACT Government Health Directorate, to either possess the minimum qualification or have an agreed plan and timeline with their agency to meet the minimum qualification within 3 years.
Classes are currently being held for participants who have completed the 4 Core Competencies and need to complete the remaining units of the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.  
For more information: See ATODA’s website or email

See other items throughout the ebulletin, particularly the policy section.

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ACT Election 2012

The 2012 ACT Election will be held on 20 October 2012. ACT ATOD services are supporting their consumers to engageing in the process, including providing transport and support to voting booths. Details of the major parties policies can be found on their websites:

ACT Labor
Canberra Liberals
ACT Greens

ATODA will be conducting an analysis following the election.

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Partners in Recovery Initiative (PIR) Update
Department of Health and Ageing and Participating ACT Services

About PIR
PIR aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs and their carers and families, by getting multiple sectors, services and supports they may come into contact with (and could benefit from) to work in a more collaborative, coordinated, and integrated way.  For further information about the program, including the application guidelines, visit the Department of Health and Ageing's website or email
In the ACT, PIR funding could be made available to implement a range of activities including:
  • Facilitating better coordination of clinical and other supports and services to deliver ‘wrap around’ care individually tailored to the person’s needs;
  • Strengthening partnerships and building better links between various clinical and community support organizations responsible for delivering services to the PIR target group; and,
  • Improving referral pathways that facilitate access to the range of services and supports needed by the PIR target group.
Anticipated key dates
The following outlines the anticipated timeline provided by DOHA for the engagement of PIR organisations:
  • Program guidelines for the engagement of PIR organisations published (August 2012)
  • Information sessions for potential applicants (August - September 2012)
  • Applications for PIR organisations open (through an invitation to apply) (September 2012) NOTE INVITATIONS TO APPLY HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED
  • Applications for PIR organisations close (October 2012)
  • Assessment and decision on PIR organisations (October - December 2012)
  • Funding agreements executed (from December 2012)
ACT Tender
The ACT Medicare Local hosted a workshop for stakeholders on 24 September, to inform the development of a tender for ACT funding. A report has been generated from the workshop which can be downloaded. Funding will be made available based on the population of the ACT, and could equate to recurrent funding of $1.6 - $3.4million per year. It is expected that the ACT Medicare Local could act as the lead agency of a consortium of support providers.  Key discussion points included the model and potential governance structures for the Initiative. The ACT Medicare Local have engaged a facilitator to draft the tender. ATODA and a range of stakeholders from the ACT ATOD sector are engaged in these processes. It is expected that the request for tender documentation will be released shortly.
To provide further input regarding the tender, ACT model or governance please contact the Mental Health Team at the ACT Medicare Local on (02) 6287 8099.

National Capacity Building Project of the PIR Initiative
To complement the jurisdictional work of the PIR initiative, the Australian Government has disseminated a request for tender (by invitation) for the development of a national network of PIR initiatives. In addition to networking and governance roles, the successful tenderer will develop training and tools that will inform the PIR (including in the ACT), which will also support national consistency. The request for tender closes 2pm, Friday 2 November 2012.
For more information: See the Department of Health and Ageing's website or email

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News from the ACT ATOD Executive Directors Group

The ACT ATOD Executive Directors Group met in September to progress a range of sector-wide activities, including:
  • A presentation by the Ted Noffs Foundation about the TED database;
  • A presentation by Justice and Community Services Directorate regarding implementing community and work orders within ATOD services;
  • Other service and policy updates.
For more information: Please contact Vera Van De Velde, Chair on or for further information about the group visit ATODA's website

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News from the ACT ATOD Workers Group

The ACT ATOD Workers Group met on 6 September 2012, 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:
  • Exploring opportunities to improve case note practices across the sector, including linking with the Turning Point Case Notes Guides. For more information on these Guides see Turning Point
  • Identifying existing resources that can support cross sectoral referrals and networking including the upcoming Comorbidity Interagency Day led by CatholicCare (save the date in your diary for 28 November), and the Comorbidity Bus Tours (for upcoming dates and to book a spot visit ATODA.
  • The draft Blood Borne Virus Strategy for the AMC (including a one for one exchange of injecting equipment). For more information visit ATODA. If you have feedback on the draft Strategy or would like to make a contribution to ATODA's submission to the draft Strategy please email or call (02) 6255 4070.
For more information: Please see the ACT ATOD Workers Group webpage.

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Consultation: Health Directorate Clinical Services Plan (closes 26 October 2012)
ACT Government Health Directorate
The Health Directorate Clinical Services Plan is a strategic plan that sets the framework for how clinical service delivery will operate in the future and how challenges, such as the ability to sustain a skilled workforce, will be addressed. There is a focus on improving patients’ journeys wherever they enter the health system and on reviewing and transforming services to better respond to the needs of individuals, including shifting some services from an acute hospital to a community based setting, and taking into account the needs of the disadvantaged and most vulnerable. For further information contact the Health Services Planning Unit on or (02) 6207 1068 or visit the Health Directorate's website
ATODA will be making a formal response to the strategy, for further information please contact Carrie Fowlie, Executive Officer, on

Consultation: Strategic Framework for the Management of Blood Borne Viruses in the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2012-2014 (closes 31 October 2012)
The Strategic Framework for the Management of Blood Borne Viruses in the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2012-2014 (the Framework) has been developed to promote transparency and accountability in the management of blood borne virus infections in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). The Director-General, Justice and Community Safety Directorate and the AMC Health Policies and Services Advisory Group chaired by the Director-General, Health Directorate will have primary responsibility for coordinating implementation of the Framework.
For more information: See the strategy
ATODA will be making a formal response to the strategy.  For further information, to contribute to ATODA’s submission or for support in developing your submission please contact Carrie Fowlie, Executive Officer, on

Consultation: Draft Strategy for Improving Care and Support for those Living with Chronic Conditions 2012-2017 (closes 7 November 2012)
ACT Health Directorate
The draft strategy outlines the aspiration, commitment, goals and priority action areas for the Health Directorate over the next 5 years.  It also acknowledges the roles of primary health care, complementary therapists, support and advocacy groups, other government services, non-government providers, family, friends and carers.  
Feedback is welcomed from any person, organisation or group who has an interest in the care and services provided to those with one or more chronic conditions in the ACT.
To provide feedback on the strategy: Complete the online questionnaire , email or post submissions to: Amy Vassallo, Policy and Government Relations, Level 2, 11 Moore Street, Canberra City ACT

ATODA will be making a formal response to the strategy, for further information please contact Carrie Fowlie, Executive Officer, on

Review of ACT Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service – Sector Response Workshop (14 November 2012)
Ms Katy Gallagher MLA, ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health tabled the report The Review of the Need to Expand Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services in the ACT, 2012 and the Health Directorate response to the report in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday 22 August 2012.The ACT Government has agreed to three of the recommendations, and notes six of the recommendations. Health Directorate commits to continuing to work with alcohol, tobacco and other drug support services in the ACT to promote quality enhancement in service delivery.  For further information: ATODA will be making a response to the review in consultation with stakeholders and liaising with the ACT Government regarding how the sector can be supported to implement reforms. A workshop with ATOD treatment services will be held to inform this response on:

Date: Thursday 15 November 2012
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Venue: ATODA Office (350 Antill St Watson)
RSVP: Essential to
Papers: Will be provided in advance

Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 – ATODA Submission
ACT Government Justice and Community Safety Directorate
The ACT Government sought views from the community on an alcohol interlock program as a measure to prevent high risk people, and repeat offenders from driving after drinking to reduce their crash risk and protect others on our road. ATODA has been calling to improve road safety in the ACT by implementing a comprehensive, collaborative and evidence-based alcohol ignition interlock program; and welcomes the recent ACT Government announcement to establish a program in the ACT.  To review ATODA’s work in this area see the:
Petition to the Federal Minister for Health to get new treatment for hep C approved
Hepatitis Australia
Hepatitis Australia invites you to join our petition to the Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, calling for urgent Cabinet approval to list two new hepatitis C treatment drugs, Boceprevir and Telaprevir on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule by 1st December 2012.
For more information or to sign the petition: See the petition

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy: ACT Consultation (26 October 2012)
National LGBTI Health Alliance
The Australian Government is currently reforming the aged care sector. For the first time, the unique concerns and challenges faced by older LGBTI people are being recognised, and the Government is developing a national LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy to help ensure that the needs of older LGBTI people are met.
The Department of Health and Ageing has contracted the National LGBTI Health Alliance to hold broad public consultations throughout the country to feed into this Strategy, to ensure that your voice is heard during this process. This presents an exciting opportunity to express your thoughts on LGBTI ageing and aged care, and to influence future government policy in the area.
Public Consultations are being held
Date: 26 October 2012
Time: 9am – 1:30pm
Venue: The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra ACT
RSVP and for more information: See here, email or call (02) 8568 1110
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8th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference

The Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference is the leading Asia - Pacific meeting addressing research and treatment around Viral Hepatitis. The 2012 Conference was held from 10-12 September in Auckland, New Zealand. Speaker presentations can be viewed on the website

Implications for the ACT
The ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre (ACTHRC) and the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy attended the conference.  The ACTHRC have developed a presentation on summarising the implications and opportunities the conference presented for the ACT.  For further details please contact John Didlick, Executive Officer, ACTHRC,

Sign the Auckland Statement
The 2012 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference
The Auckland Statement aims to focus attention on viral hepatitis as an urgent health concern that needs immediate action to prevent new infections and stop the rising death toll from cirrhosis and liver cancer. These deaths are avoidable, and by taking up the opportunities provided by new medical and scientific advances, scaling up services and approaches and working in genuine partnership with key affected communities we can build a response to viral hepatitis that is both effective and appropriate.
For more information: See the website

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Community Sector Reform

Delay to Commencement of Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC)
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
The ACNC was due to commence operations on 1 October, however while the legislation has passed the House of Representative debate in the Senate has been delayed until the next sitting week (9-11 October). A short delay to the commencement date will not have a material impact on the sector with the governance standards, including the external conduct standards, and the financial reporting framework not commencing until 1 July 2013 and the first financial reports for medium and large registered entities not falling due until after 1 July 2014.
For more information: See the press releases from David Bradbury MP and Mark Butler MP

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Health Reform

My eHealth - New electronic health records for patients
ACT Health Directorate
My eHealth enables patients to access personal information relating to their health care. It has been designed to complement the national Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) and it is intended that My eHealth will integrate with the national eHealth system.
The initial launch of My eHealth includes a pilot group of consumers from the Health Care Consumers Association and a group of 40 chronic care patients. Allowing a small group of healthcare consumers to register for My eHealth means the project team can finetune the online service before making it available more broadly.
For more information: See the press release

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Sector Development, Activities and Events

Gugan Gulwan Open Day 2012
Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation
Gugan Gulwan will be celebrating their 20th anniversary and launching their “It’s OK to Talk” Suicide Prevention DVD, Health is Hip Album & Beyond Today Music Clip during the Open day.
All past & present clients, visitors and stakeholders are invited to join in the celebrations.
Organisations are invited to host a stall on the day – please RSVP by 19 October if you wish to do so.
Date: 9 November 2012
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Gugan Gulwan, Grattan Court, Wanniassa, ACT
For more information: See the flyer, call (02) 6296 8900 or email

Online Exit Survey: ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Workers
ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS)
This survey is designed to identify employment and retention trends for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in the ACT community and will capture workforce statistics, reasons for leaving, workplace issues and relationships. The ACTCOSS Gulanga Program invites ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community sector workers to participate in this exit survey as they leave, or within 6 months of leaving, their employment. It can also be completed if a worker is moving to another position within the same organisation.  All answers will go into an anonymous database. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.
For more information or to complete the survey: See the survey

Expanding Naloxone Availability – Updated ANCD Position Statement
Australian National Council on Drugs
A substantial body of evidence shows that expanding naloxone availability and training potential overdose witnesses to administer naloxone is a remarkably safe and effective intervention for preventing opioid overdose fatalities, with the potential to prevent opioid overdose related injury. It also acknowledges that to date only the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has introduced a program to train potential overdose witnesses in the use of naloxone as part of comprehensive overdose prevention and response training.
For more information: See the statement

New National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) website
National Alliance for Action on Alcohol
NAAA’s new website details NAAA’s purpose, as well as news about their ongoing activities.
For more information: See the website

National Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Action Plan
Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are the leading preventable cause of non-genetic, developmental disability in Australia. Like many other disabilities, people who are born with FASD have the condition for life.
The Australian FASD Action Plan includes priority areas that target FASD across the spectrum, from prevention of the condition to management across the lifespan. Each of these areas has clearly defined actions, outputs and targets. The Plan focuses on areas with clear actions and the greatest likelihood of impact in the immediate and short term. These priorities are meant as a starting point. It is recognised that after the initial three years, longer term commitments will be required to ensure progress is sustained over time and that real change is delivered on the ground.
For more information: See the action plan

First-Ever Gender Audit Shows Community Sector Leading the Way in Leadership Roles for Women
Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)
The first ever study of gender diversity in Australia's community welfare sector shows the participation of women on boards and senior management positions is higher than in other sectors, but still has some way to go to achieve true gender equality, especially in organisations with larger turnovers.
The landmark gender audit of Australia's not-for-profit community sector - a collaboration between YWCA Australia, the Australian Council of Social Service and Women on Boards - found women occupy 51% of all board director roles and 60% of senior management positions.
For more information: See the press release

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Training and Professional Development

October - November 2012 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.
Download the training calendar
To include your training in the next calendar, email or call the Youth Coalition on (02) 6247 3540.

ACT Comorbidity Bus Tours
ATODA, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCCA) 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. There are currently 3 bus tours operating (Tour A, B & C) with each tour visiting different services.
Upcoming tour dates:
Tour A :  
  • Wednesday 14 November
Tour B:   
  • Wednesday 17 October
  • Wednesday 21 November
Tour C:   
  • Wednesday 24 October
Cost: Ranges from $50 - $70.
Registration: Call (02) 6247 3540 or email
For more information: See ATODA's website

5th Annual Comorbidity Interagency Day
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
Join CatholicCare for a free sausage sizzle lunch to learn about the mental health and alcohol and other drug services that operate in the ACT region and how they can assist your clients.
Date: 28 November 2012
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Venue: Blackfriars Rose Garden, ACU Campus, 127 Philip Avenue, Watson
For more information and to register: See the flyer, call (02) 6163 7600 or email

Working in the Margins – Addressing Social Determinants in the ACT
ACT Medicare Local
This forum will look at the following:
  •     Engaging vulnerable people in their own health care
  •     Linking the health care sectors for continuity of care
  •     Collecting ‘narrative’ as a legitimate reporting tool to influence policy and programs
  •     On-going support and collaboration between ACT Medicare Local and the community sector
Guest presenters include Dr Jill Guthrie, National Centre for Indigenous Studies ANU and Samantha Davidson Fuller, PhD Candidate, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University.
Date: 25 October
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Venue: Boardroom, ACT Medicare Local, 41 Liardet Street, Watson
RSVP and for more information: See the flyer, call (02) 6287 8055 or email

Drugs, Policy and Public Health: Professional Development at the NDRI Summer School in Western Australia
National Drug Research Institute
Presented by experts at the National Drug Research Institute and other international opinion leaders, this one-week intensive program gives participants the historical and epidemiological background to alcohol and other drug use and policy in Australia. It covers relevant theoretical models, and provides practical insights into enhancing drug policy with specific populations (e.g. injecting drug users, Indigenous people), the community and in emerging areas such as drugs and the internet.
Date: 3 – 7 December 2012
Time: 9am – 4:45pm
Venue: National Drug Research Institute, Curtin Health Research Campus, Shenton Park, WA
Cost: $950 per person
For more information and to register: See the flyer, call (08) 9266 1600 or email

Since Strangling Isn’t An Option and Assertiveness… Why You Need it and How to Get It!
Peter Holdsworth, Director Pathways Training
These programs have been designed specifically for those working in community service organisations and participants will leave with a toolkit of practical tips, techniques and ideas that you will be able to use immediately.
These seminars are suitable for people who...
  • Want clear strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour;
  • Need to deal with a "difficult" employee;
  • Want to build their interpersonal skills;
  • Want to be listened to more often;
  • Find giving negative feedback difficult;
  • Want to become more effective communicators and managers.
Date: 30 October 2012
Time: 10am – 12:30 and 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Functions Room, Marymead Child and Family Centre, 225 Goyder St, Narrabundah
Cost: $220
For more information and to register: Email or call (02) 6162 5800

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Conferences and Symposiums

The First International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health and the University of Melbourne
This conference will explore the role of law enforcement, especially through the activities of police forces, in the protection and promotion of public health.
Dates: 11-14 November
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, Carlton, Victoria
Cost:  Full $715 / Concession $380.
For more information: See the website, call (03) 9035 4830 or email

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs – Annual Conference
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
“Culture of Change” is the overriding title of the conference and the program includes keynote presentations on emerging issues and developments in the treatment of alcohol and other drug related problems.
Dates: 18-21 November
Venue: Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: Early Bird rates of $750 for full members before 19 September.
For more information: See the website or email

The Right to Childhood
Generation Next
Speakers include Professor Mike Daube who will be talking about ‘Alcohol Promotion – Targeting Children?’ and ‘Is it times to Sue the Alcohol Companies’
Date: 19 October
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost:  $199
For more information: See the flyer, call 1300 797 794 or email

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Service Delivery and Referral

This section contains details about new or updated services that accept referrals. For a complete listing of ACT services, please see the ACT ATOD Service Directory

Maysoon Women Walking Proudly
Directions ACT
This course is for mums with alcohol and other drug issues who have children in their own care or are under a current care and protection order.
This course looks at communication, parenting skills, budgeting, nutrition, self esteem, and empowerment. Those successfully completing the course will receive a St John Ambulance "Caring for Kids" first aid certificate.
Cost: Free, with free onsite childcare
Dates: Weekly from 16 October 2012
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
For more information: See Directions’ website , call (02) 6122 8019 or email

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Newsletters, Magazines and Updates

Smoke Free Environment Initiative Newsletter
ACT Government Health Directorate
This newsletter is an update about the implementation of a Smoke Free Environment within the Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.
For more information: See recent editions of the newsletter here and here

Of Substance eBulletin
Australian National Council on Drugs
This edition of the Of Substance eBulletin looks at late night violence and crime fuelled by alcohol use in the entertainment areas of Australian cities.
For more information: See the newsletter

DrugInfo August 2012
Australian Drug Foundation
Articles in this edition include ‘Alcohol-related violence and crime in the licensed environment: A problem with solutions that won’t be implemented’ by Ross Homel AO
For more information: See the newsletter

Nofasard Newsletter – September 2012
National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders (NOFASARD)
The monthly newsletter of NOFASARD details news related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and related disorders. Highlights from the June edition include:
  • The launch of the Australian FASD Action Plan
  • A positive story of a young woman living with FASD
For more information: See the newsletter

Intouch Newsletter
Public Health Association Australia
This newsletter discussed the PHAA’s National Justice Health Symposium as well as other national public health news
For more information: See the newsletter
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Consumer Participation

Youth Drug Survey for participants aged 16-25 years
Australian National Council on Drugs
Got ideas about alcohol and other drug issues?
What do you think should be done?
If you are aged 16 to 25 years and live in Australia, we want to know what YOU think!
The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes. What you say is completely confidential.
You do not have to have tried drugs to participate.
For more information: See the survey

ANU Cigarette Study
Australian National University
Do you smoke at least daily? Are you 18 years or older and living in Australia? Receive a $10 gift voucher to participate in important online research on smoking culture.
The survey is voluntary, takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and will ask a range of questions about your smoking behaviour and your views about aspects of smoking culture.
If you agree to participate, you will also be contacted in 3-6 months’ time to fill out another survey and will receive an additional $10 gift voucher.
For more information: See the survey, email or call 0432 10 77 61.

Feedback on the Draft Clinical Services Plan
Health Care Consumers Association (HCCA)
The Draft Clinical Services Plan 2012- 2017 will cover the provision of all health services in the ACT for the next five years. HCCA invites your feedback for their submission through either commenting on the document directly and emailing this feedback or by completing a short survey to indicate whether or not you agree with some of the main ideas.
For more information: Email or call (02) 6230 7800

Health Practitioner regulation making a safer health system for you – information sessions
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA)
Did you know:
  • National registration protects Australian consumers by ensuring that health practitioners are treating patients appropriately and complying with standards and codes of conduct
  • You can make a complaint if you have concerns about the treatment you’ve received from a health practitioner. You can also search for information on the registration status of the health practitioners who are treating you
Date: 10 December 2012
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Venue: AHPRA Offices, RSM Bird Cameron Building, 103-105 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
For more information: Email or call (02) 6273 5444

Tenant Participation Grants
Housing and Community Services, ACT Government
Tenant Participation Grant applications should focus on projects, activities and courses that promote community participation with an emphasis on:
  • Social inclusion (eg: involvement in a group or team based activity)
  • Education and training (eg: participation in a learning activity such as a CIT course or a community education program)
Individual projects may receive up to $1000 per grant, while group projects may receive up to $5000 per grant.
Applications close: 15 October 2012
For more information: See the guidelines, call (02) 6207 5440 or email

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Youth, Mental Health and Allied Sectors

Responding To Disclosures Training
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)
CRCC aims to educate individuals, the community and members of other organisations about the reality of sexual assault, and how to respond to and support victims and survivors of sexual assault. The CRCC take an inclusive approach to their trainings; using role-plays, interactive activities and open discussions. This two hour training aims to: deliver information regarding what sexual assault is, including legal definitions and its prevalence in the community; give basic skills to participants about how they may respond to a disclosure from an adult; give trainees a better understanding of the possible short and long term effects of sexual assault; and identify the potential concerns of compassion fatigue/vicarious traumatisation, and emphasising the importance of self care. CRCC aims to create a training opportunity which is useful and memorable for anyone wishing to learn more about working with people who are victims of sexual assault.
Date: 16 October 2012
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: To be provided on registration
Cost: $30
RSVP: Registration required
For more information: Call (02) 6287 3618 or email

Anti-Poverty Week Forum: Addressing Education
The Smith Family
The Anti-Poverty Week Forum: Addressing Education event is a great way of increasing awareness on the challenges and barriers that may be experienced in the education sector.
  • Eileen Newmarch- Financial Counsellor- Care Financial Counselling Service
  • Peta Thompson- Portfolio Manager- Regional Coordination- Belconnen Community Service
  • Emma Robertson- Director- Youth Coalition of the ACT
  • Dr. Deborah Tranter- Director Student Equity- ANU
  • Bernard Raby-  Teacher/Careers Practitioner & Schools Liaison Adviser- CIT
Date: 16 October 2012
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: The Smith Family, Corner Launceston and East Streets, Woden
RSVP: By 12 October 2012
For more information: Call (02) 6283 7606 or email

Mental Health First Aid for supporting people with an Intellectual Disability
David Addison, Intensive Treatment and Support Service
Mental Health First Aid is a practical and interactive program covering developing mental health problems and mental health crisis situations. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
Dates: 29 and 30 October 2012
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Southern Cross Club, Tuggeranong Town Centre
Cost: $150
RSVP: Registration required by COB 22 October 2012
For more information: Call (02) 6205 2412 or email

What do I do When? A practical Guide to the Law for People who Work with Young People
This resource aims to provide accessible information about the law to help people who work with young people aged 12-25 to feel more comfortable in their interactions with the law and the legal system. It details areas of the law that youth workers may come across in their work with young people and provides answers to common legal questions. Topics covered include: Duty of care; Confidentiality and privacy; Reporting abuse; Parents and guardians; Working with police; Court procedures; Professional boundaries; Complaints about workers; Employment checks; Banning clients from services; Discrimination; Alcohol and cigarettes; and Young people and sex.
For more information: See the guide, call (02) 9611 2412 or email

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Employment and Volunteering Oppourtunities

Note: employment opportunities in the sector are also promoted on the Jobs of Substance website

Development Officer
ACT Council of Social Service
The Development Officer position provides the successful candidate an opportunity to engage with and work directly with community organisations to improve their viability. Responsibilities include a broad and engaging workload, and interaction with diverse communities, allowing you to work with people from different backgrounds and circumstances.
Applications close: 15 October 2012
For more information: See ACTCOSS, email or call (02) 6202 7200

Part Time GP wanted for busy Canberra ATOD service
Althea Wellness Centre (Directions ACT)
Althea provides medical and psychological care to people who have issues with substance use: whether they are actively using, are in recovery, or are affected by their family member's use. Althea works collaboratively with other programs of Directions ACT and clients can access a range of services including counselling and case management, support groups, needle and syringe program, and residential based therapies.
Remuneration is 0.2 FTE from $50000 per annum (inclusive of 9% superannuation). Additionally, Directions ACT is a PBI and the position can access salary sacrificing up to $16000 per annum. Directions is open to negotiating extra days per week with the right candidate.
The call for applications is ongoing
For more information: Email or call (02) 6122 8016

Senior Medical Receptionist
The Junction Youth Health Service
The successful applicant will facilitate young peoples access to healthcare and support services and work as a member of a multidisciplinary team that provides holistic support to young people who are at risk or homeless.
This position offers enormous job satisfaction and the opportunity to work within a growing and dynamic organisation that values professional development opportunities.
Applications close: 17 October 2012
For more information: Call (02) 6232 2441 or email

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program 2013/14 Community Funding Round
ACT Health Directorate
The 2013/14 Community Funding Round is open to community-based groups, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies. The aim of the 2013/14 funding round is to support activities that promote good health and the prevention of chronic disease with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities. Funding will be provided to organisations to strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities to make healthy choices. The funding round aims to build the capability of organisations to adopt health promotion principles, practices and policies and to deliver a range of health promotion strategies.
The Community Funding Round calls for projects that focus on the ACT Government Health Directorate's key priorities. These include: improved physical activity outcomes, healthy eating, smoking prevention/reduction/cessation, and responsible consumption of alcohol. Applications that target disadvantaged groups or those at risk of poor health outcomes are particularly encouraged. The funding guidelines will be applied flexibly to project applications received from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Applications close: 10 December 2012
For more information: See the Health Promotion Grants website, email or call (02) 6205 3837

Grant writing workshop for the Health Promotion Grants
Date: 17 October 2012
Time: 9:30am – 1pm
Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra
Registration: Closes 12 noon 12 October 2012
For more information: See the Health Directorate, email or call (02) 6205 1325

Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits – Five Full Scholarships Available Now
Chartered Secretaries Australia
This certificate provides a strong foundation for good governance, specifically recognising the requirements of Not-for-Profit organisations. Compulsory courses focus on the duties of officers and directors working in the Not-for-Profit context, and practical tools for managing financial reporting and requirements of the sector.   The certificate is comprised of six courses, all will be delivered in a three-day intensive format.   
The scholarships will be offered to board members and senior professionals of charitiable not-for-profit organisations who meet agreed selection criteria.
Applications close: 19 October 2012
For more information: See Scholarships Australia, email or call 1300 248 675

See also Partners in Recovery (PIR) Update above.

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Wine industry adopting health warnings
ABC News, 25 September 2012
The wine industry is adopting health warnings on labels, including about the risks to pregnant women of drinking alcohol.
For more information: See the article

Government Welcomes Alcohol Labelling Initiative
Senator Joseph Ludwig, Mark Butler MP, Catherine King MP, Media Release, 24 September 2012
The Federal Government welcomes the alcohol labelling initiative launched today by DrinkWise Australia and the Winemakers' Federation of Australia.
For more information: See the release

Let’s have a transparent prison drug program
Canberra Times, opinion, 23 September 2012
Smoking rates among prisoners and those with a mental illness are far higher than in the general community. How can health campaigns target smoking among disadvantaged populations?
For more information: Listen to the program

Social media condemned for alcohol marketing
The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September 2012
AUSTRALIA'S peak medical body has censured the social media giant Facebook for allowing alcohol companies to target children.
The Australian Medical Association released its report yesterday into the alcohol industry's growing profile in social media circles.
For more information: See the release

Communique – National Summit on Alcohol Marketing to Young people
ABC News, 19 September 2012
The AMA and the NAAA believe that the exposure of children, teenagers and young people to alcohol advertising and promotion should be curtailed by government regulation, which is independent of the alcohol and advertising industries.
For more information: See the communiqué

Health experts call for alcohol marketing inquiry
ABC News, 19 September 2012
Health experts meeting at Parliament House in Canberra have called on the Federal Government to establish an inquiry into alcohol marketing. The Australian Medical Association, which organised the summit, says alcohol marketing to young people is unprecedented, and embracing new platforms such as social media. The AMA says the voluntary self regulation of marketing has failed.
For more information: See the release

Smoking Among Prisoners and the Mentally Ill
ABC Radio National, 19 September 2012
Smoking rates among prisoners and those with a mental illness are far higher than in the general community. How can health campaigns target smoking among disadvantaged populations?
For more information: Listen to the program

Mary G gets the message out about FASD
Lateral Love Australia, 19 September 2012
Well-known Aboriginal woman and health campaigner Mary G stressed the message was an issue for the whole Western Australian community stating that ”while this is not just a problem for Aboriginal people, it is great to see Aboriginal people leading from the front with this campaign message to give our children a strong spirit for a strong future,” she said.
For more information: See the video

Puberty snooze: teenagers sink into the couch
Canberra Times, 11 September 2012
Teenagers are less likely to smoke and drink alcohol but are far more physically inactive than a decade ago, new statistics show.
Teenagers were the only age group less likely to have consumed alcohol, with the proportion of secondary school students aged 12 to 17 drinking alcohol at risky levels declining between 1984 and 2008.
For more information: See the article

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Phone: (02) 6255 4070
Fax: (02) 6255 4649
Mail: PO Box 7187,
Watson ACT 2602
Visit: 350 Antill St. Watson

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