ACT ATOD Sector eBulletin - February 2013
ATODA eBulletin -

News from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

ACT ATOD Services Directory Templates Due (4 February)
The ACT ATOD Workers Group has been leading a process to transition the Directory into an online format.  Templates have been distributed to participating services with templates due on 4 February.

ACT electronic Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (eASSIST): Stage One Implementation
Screening involves asking questions carefully designed to determine whether a more thorough evaluation for a particular problem or disorder is warranted. Many clinical guidelines related to ATOD identify the need to implement valid screening as a core part of ATOD treatment. The eASSIST was developed by Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) as an electronic version of the World Health Organization ASSIST (a questionnaire which screens for all levels of problem or risky substance use). An ACT version of the tool has been developed, and will be implemented by a group of ACT ATOD services from November 2012. Its implementation will be evaluated, and recommendations made regarding the potential further roll out of the tool. An evaluation worshop will be held on 22 February.
For more information: Or to get involved contact or see ATODA's website

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.
For more information: See ATODA's website, call (02) 6255 4070 or email

ACT ATOD Minimum Qualification Strategy (MQS) - information package coming soon!
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.
An information package is currently being developed and will be distributed to ACT Health funded agencies soon.
For more information: See ATODA’s website, call (02) 6255 4070 or email

See other items throughout the eBulletin, including employment oppourtunities.

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Drug Action Week 2013

We invite your service to be involved in the the ACT Drug Action Week Planning Group for 2013.

Drug Action Week is a week of activities held nationally to raise awareness about ATOD issues in Australia and is an initiative of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. It will be held from 16 - 22 June 2013, with the theme "Drugs, Communities & Families!"

Visit for more information about national activities.
ATODA annually facilitates the ACT Drug Action Week Planning Group, to bring together key stakeholders to plan activities for Drug Action Week in the ACT. The Planning Group provides assistance in the development of activities, which include organising the launch of Drug Action Week in the ACT, the Annual ACT Drug Action Week Conference for ATOD and allied professionals, and developing and distributing the ACT calendar of activities.

Details of the first ACT Drug Action Week Planning Group meeting for 2013
Date: 1 March 2013
Time: 9.30 am - 11 am
Venue: TBC (an email will be sent in advance of the meeting)

If you would like to attend or send a representative, please send your RSVP to Please feel free to circulate this information to stakeholders that you think may be interested in participating.

If you are not able to attend the meetings, you can still participate in the group through being signed up to the mailing list, informing the group of planned activities to go on the ACT Drug Action Week Calendar of Events and raising items for discussion. If you are interested in participating in the group in this way please contact ATODA on (02) 6255 4070 or

National Drug Action Week
DAW 2013 will maintain a focus to all drugs, which includes alcohol, raising awareness of the effects alcohol and other drugs have on communities and families. The DAW 2013 supporting daily themes will focus on: Illicit Drugs/ Stimulants/ Inhalants  on Monday, 18 June; Alcohol/ Tobacco on Tuesday, 19 June;Pharmaceuticals (both script and non-script) on Wednesday, 20 June; Families/ Youth Issues on Thursday, 21 June; and Building Resilience in Communities on Friday, 22 June.

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) is again calling on organisations from across the AOD, health, education, community, education, police, and media sectors to get involved in DAW 2013 by registering an event on the DAW website from mid-January.

ADCA is aiming for a NEW event registration record of more than 1000 in 2013 to surpass the current record of 914 events for DAW 2012.
For more information: See the DAW week website, email or call (02) 6215 9802

Nominations open for National Drug and Alcohol Awards
Nominations have opened for the 2013 National Drug and Alcohol Awards (NDAA) which will be presented at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday night, 20 June 2013.
The NDAAs are a highlight of the annual Drug Action Week and encourage, recognise, and celebrate achievements of the many people and organisations that do exceptional work to reduce the harm and impact of alcohol and other drugs in Australia. The 2013 Awards are being hosted by the Alcohol and other drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) and are open to all people and organisations working across the health and wellbeing sectors.
Award categories include:
  • The Prime Minister’s award
  • Excellence in Prevention and Community Education
  • Excellence in Treatment and Support
  • Excellence in Research
  • Excellence in Services for Young People
  • Excellence in Law Enforcement
  • Excellence in Alcohol and Other Drug Media Reporting
  • Excellence in School Drug Education
  • Excellence in Creating Healthy Sporting Communities
  • The Honor Roll which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable time period, to the alcohol and other drugs field.
Applications close: 30 April 2013
For more information: See the NDAA website, email or call (02) 6215 9802.

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ACT Government Budget Consultation 2013-14

The ACT Treasurer, Andrew Barr MLA, invites ACT residents, community and business groups, unions, and other stakeholders to share their views on the development of the 2013-14 Budget. Suggestions are sought on the prioritisation and efficient allocation of resources in the areas of service delivery, capital expenditure and revenue generation. Submissions are welcome from any interested group, organisation, business or individual. In preparing your submission, the Government asks that you consider and address the following questions:
  • What services do you believe are most important for the Territory?
  • What infrastructure priorities should the Government consider initiating in the next four years?
  • Should the Government maintain its current suite of services?
  • How can the Government deliver current services more efficiently and productively?
  • Are there any services you consider that the community should make a direct contribution to (a fee for service)?
Submissions close: 28 Feburary 2013
For more information: See the ACT Government website  or call (02) 6207 1375

ATODA Submission
ATODA will be making a submission to the ACT Budget consultation process. Draft papers have begun being circulated to the membership and key stakeholders for feedback. For further information or to provide input, please email or call (02) 6255 4070

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Review of AOD Vet Qualifacations

The Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council is reviewing both the qualifications and competency standards for a number of sectors, including AOD. For further detail see the Council's website

ATODA will be making a joint submission to this process with key stakeholders including the National Centre for Education and Training in Addiction (NCETA). To contribute to this submission please email or call (02) 6255 4070

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Community Sector Reform

Commonwealth Government Equal Remuneration Order Update
Many community organisations will have received offers of supplementation funding from government funders in relation to the equal remuneration order (ERO).
The Australian Government Department of Families Housing Community Service and Indigenous Affairs has recently prepared an FAQ which can be seen here.
General information from FaHCSIA on the ERO can be seen here

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Regulatory Approach: Consultation Open
The ACNC is seeking feedback on our approach to regulation. Our preliminary regulatory approach has been developed based on past public consultations. It is set out in our regulatory approach statement, which is available to download from the ACNC website below.
The main purpose of this consultation is to find out what charities and the public think about our regulatory approach.
There are a variety of ways to provide feedback, including an online survey, email form, community presentations, telephone and via post.
Consultation ends: 1 March 2013
For more information and to participate: See the website, email or call 13 22 62

Survey – Working with Vulnerable People Background Checking Scheme
Office of Regulatory Services (ORS), ACT Government
The ORS is interested in gauging public awareness of the Working with Vulnerable People Background Checking Scheme and effectiveness of the educative material about it.
For more information: See the survey

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Sector Development, Activities and Events

Karralika Older People Forum (19 February - invitation only)
Karralika Programs Inc will be hosting an older people’s AOD forum with Ms Mary Porter MLA at the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday 19 February.  
For further information: Please contact Camilla Rowland, CEO, on

Directions – change of email address format
Directions have recently had an IT upgrade, including a change to email addresses. Please note that emails to individual members of staff no longer have the first name-first letter of last name protocol (John Doe = The protocol for email addresses is now first name.last name (John Doe =
For more information: Email or call (02) 6122 8027

Online Resource: Human Rights Toolkit
ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS)
ACTCOSS has developed an online resource providing information to community organisations on human rights. It focuses on the roles and obligations of community organisations as public authorities.
For more information: See the toolkit

Important changes to ACT Services for Children, Youth and Families
Child, Youth and Family Services Program, Community Services Directorate, ACT Government
The Child, Youth and Family Services Program is undergoing a change in the way it supports vulnerable children, young people and their families.
A new information, engagement and coordination service will commence operation as of 9am, 12 December 2012 and will be known as Child, Youth and Family Gateway. The new service will be based throughout Canberra and will be easy to access through a free call number, 1800 647 831. It will be responsive to participants and service providers alike.
This service provides a point of contact for information, initial support and engagement for children, young people and their families. This service will also be able to link vulnerable and in need children, young people and their families with a range of services throughout their local communities.
For more information: Email or call  6207 7329 or 1800 647 831

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Training and Professional Development

February- March 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.
The tour dates for 2013 are as follows:
  • 27 February - Tour A
  • 20 March - Tour B
  • 17 April - Tour C
  • 8 May - Tour A
  • 29 May - Tour B
  • 26 June - Tour C
For more information: See ATODA's website, call (02) 6247 3540 or email

1 Day Appreciation of Torres Strait Culture Awareness Training
ACTCOSS & Benny Hodges of Wis-Wei Consulting
This one-day training for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers aims to assist participants in developing a better understanding of the cultural perspectives of Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The training will explore ways for organisations to develop a better understanding of some key issues such as culture, kinship and community. This training assists participants in developing and improving a range of cross-cultural communication skills.
Date: 1 March 2013
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: ACTCOSS members $165, Non-members $235, Government/Corporate $305
Venue: Level 1 meeting room, Weston Community Hub, 1/6 Gritten Street, Weston ACT
For more information and to register: See the flyer, call (02) 6202 7200 or email

Workshop: Aboriginal, Culture, History & Heritage Training
ACTCOSS & Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Kuracca Consultancy
This one-day workshop for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers provides participants with a general introduction into the recent history of Aboriginal people in Australia. It aims to improve knowledge of Aboriginal culture and dispossession, and explores ways organisations may improve their practice to respond to the needs of Aboriginal peoples.
Date: 15 March 2013
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: ACTCOSS member $165, Non-members $235, Government/Corporate $305
Venue: Level 1 meeting room, Weston Community Hub, 1/6 Gritten Street, Weston ACT 2611
For more information: See the flyer, call (02) 6202 7200 or email

Volunteering into the future – the next 100 years - Symposium
Volunteering ACT
Volunteering ACT is hosting a one day Symposium exploring how the volunteering sector will evolve and change into the future and how volunteering programs can achieve their full potential in a new and challenging environment.
Date: 27 March 2013
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: $120 members/$220 non-members before 15 Feb 2013, $150 members/$250 non members thereafter
Venue: NATSEM Building 24, University of Canberra
For more information and to register: See the flyer or or call (02) 6251 4060

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Conferences and Symposiums

ACOSS National Conference 2013: The Heart of the Economy
Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)
The ACOSS National Conference this year will put important social policy issues at the forefront of current economic debates and the election agenda. ACOSS has invited both the Prime Minister Juila Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbot to present their election platforms to the community sector at the opening of the conference.
Date: 25 – 26 March 2013
Venue: The National Wine Centre, Corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads, Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: Before 14 Feburary – Members $540, Non-members $720, Concession $115
For more information: See the website, call (02) 9310 6202 or email

Social Inclusion and Complex Needs Conference
Public Health Association of Australia
This Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) conference will showcase successful programs/approaches in addressing complex needs and social determinants of health, with the broader purpose of identifying what works and how. It has long been acknowledged that people with complex needs often fall through the cracks in service delivery - between national and jurisdictional service delivery, between government and non-government services, and between services delivered by different portfolio agencies
Date: 15- 16 April 2013
Venue: Hotel Realm, Canberra
Cost: Before 9 March – Members $650, Non-members $750
For more information: See the website, call (02) 6285 2373 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

Stepping Stones to Success- 2 weekend workshop for family members of AOD dependants
Family Drug Support
This 2 weekend course brings together family members to share common challenges and strategies.  Harnessing and sharing collective experiences, wisdom and skills can be life changing for families.  
Stepping Stones aims to increase confidence and competence in managing complex drug and alcohol issues.  It also provides skills to better manage the relationship with the user.  This will create a more positive environment for the user towards better outcomes.  The course is a reality based approach that includes self care and valuing self.  Becoming more resilient will assist family members to cope better with their journey and ultimately survive the journey intact.
Please note that this course is not for those who are actually using drugs and/or alcohol.
Dates: 16-17 and 23-24 March
Venue: Canberra Hospital Garran, Level 1, Training Room 2, Building 5
Cost: $60 (FDS members $40). Fee assistance is available.
Registration and for more information: See FDS, call 0402 604 354 or email

Education and Therapy Groups
Alcohol and Drug Services, ACT Government Health Directorate
The Alcohol and Drug Services regularly run support and education groups for people who are having difficulty with ATOD, people seeking support in preventing relapse, and for friends and family members. Topics include:
  • Controlling Your Cannabis Use Group
  • Supporting Families and Friends Group
  • Controlling Your Drinking Group
  • Therapeutic Recovery Group
  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Stress Management Course
  • Advanced Meditation
Cost: Free
For more information: See the flyer or call (02) 6207 9977.  

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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 the recent edition of the newsletter here

Nofasard Newsletter – November
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.
For more information: See the newsletter

Healthier Work Newsletter
National Partnership on Preventative Health
This issue of the healthier work newsletter covers topics including workplace resolutions, number crunching and the healthier workplace audit tool.
For more information: See the newsletter
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Consumer Participation

Service User Participation Project
The Service User Participation Project (SUPP) has been established to facilitate the drafting of a Consumer Participation Framework for the AOD sector. The framework will initially focus on Service User Participation and will provide a framework for providers and service users to enable meaningful participation in the AOD sector.
A Consumer Participation Forum will be held on the 12th April 2013. The forum will include presentations and workshops on the draft framework, the Service User Satisfaction Survey and Stigma and Discrimination training.
For further information on the project please email or call (02) 6255 4070

Service User Participation Project Committee (11 February)
The newly established Service User Participation Project Committee will convene its second meeting on 11 February (specific details for members will follow in a separate email).  The Committee is driving key participation areas of work, including the ACT ATOD Consumer Participation Policy Framework.  Members include: CAHMA, Health Care Consumers Association, Mental Health Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services consumer and carer consultants and ATODA.

Save the Date! Consumer Participation Forum (12 April)
A Consumer Participation Forum will be held on 12 April 2013. The forum will include a range of presentations and workships including on the draft consumer participation framework and the Service User Satisfacation Survey.

Survey: Use and reducing use of bush, hydro and synthetics
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NPIC)
NPIC is interested in knowing about the experience of people over the age of 18 who have been a regular user of cannabis (yarndi, gunja, pot, marijuana, hydro, skunk, etc.), or synthetic cannabis (such as Thai Hi, iBlaze, Tropic Thunder, Kronic, Spice, Cloud 9, Black Window, etc.).
The survey has questions about use of cannabis, experiences of 'hanging out' or withdrawing from cannabis, sleep, and some questions about health. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
It is hoped that this study will provide relevant information to guide the development of resources to assist people who choose to reduce or quit their use of cannabis. No identifying information is being collected.
For more information: See the survey

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Youth, Mental Health and Allied Sectors

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid is a 14-hour course which teaches first aid skills for mental health crisis situations and the early stages of mental health problems.
Date: 15 and 16 Feburary 2013
Venue: Yurana Centre, Canberra Institute of Technology
For more information: See the website, email or call (02) 6207 3309

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Lifeline Canberra
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop that aims to improve participants' suicide awareness and prevention skills. The course is presented by LivingWorks accredited facilitators who use internationally standardised resources and materials. Participants are trained to recognise when a person may be at risk and how to respond in a way that improves the immediate and long-term safety of the person at risk. The course is suited to sector workers whose role requires them to talk with clients, or work with clients experiencing difficult life circumstances or events.
Date: 14-15 Feburary 2013
Venue: TBC upon RSVP
For more information: See the website, email or call (02) 6204 6434

Accidental Counsellor Training
Lifeline Canberra
Accidental Counsellor Training is a two-day workshop that provides participants with fundamental skills in crisis support counselling and dealing with difficult clients and situations. The course also covers topics such as dealing with people who are angry, highly distressed, or experiencing the effects of a mental illness. Participants learn about the value of self-care, and strategies they can employ both at work and in their personal life to ensure their mental and physical wellbeing remains at an optimum level. Upon completion of the course participants will have an understanding of and be able to demonstrate active listening skills, and understand the foundations of developing and maintaining effective and productive relationships.
Date: 7 - 8 February 2013 and 21 - 22 February 2013
Time: 9am - 5pm each day
Venue: TBC upon RSVP
Cost: Early bird special $600 for two people (standard price $400 per person or $360 for a not-for-profit)
For more information: See the website, email or call (02) 6204 6434

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Employment and Volunteering Opportunities

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

ATODA Employment Opportunity: Communications and Project Officer
Expressions of interest are sought from individuals who would like to join ATODA as a part-time Communications and Project Officer.  This is an exciting and diverse opportunity for an individual to hone their communication and project skills in an often controversial and complex area of public policy. The hours are flexible and can accommodate other commitments such as family, employment and study.
Applications close: 7 February 2013
To apply complete the expression of interest form (PDF) (word), call (02) 6255 4070 or email

Project Officer – Part Time
Family Drug Support
Family Drug Support is seeking a Project Officer to work on our ‘Bridging the Divide’ project 3.5 days per week.  The role is to create partnerships with drug treatment services to increase their capacity to work effectively with families.  The primary aim is to improve the efficacy of drug treatment by involving and supporting families of the alcohol/drug user. Tertiary qualifications in psychology, social work or other relevant social science or Cert IV in Alcohol or Other Drug Work required.
Location of the position: Sydney and covering regional NSW areas and ACT
Remuneration: A generous salary will be negotiatied. A one year contract will be offered.
Applications close: 11 Feburary 2013
For more information and to apply: Email Tony Trimingham,

Expressions of Interest in Having a University of Canberra Student Placement
University of Canberra
The University of Canberra is calling for expressions of interest from organisations who are interested in hosting a student placement/project during 2013. The students are studying units relevant to the community sector and can help to achieve agency goals or provide an extra pair of hands. Organisations do not yet need to have a specific project in mind to express interest. Exact starting dates are flexible however third year students undertaking specific projects appreciate meeting with potential supervisors and organisations during February. Second year work experience students can begin any time throughout the year. While expressions of interest are not always necessarily taken up by students, the University of Canberra would like to thank all those who continue to be receptive and responsive to their placement program.
For more information: Email

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

ACT National Youth Week 2013 Grants
Youth Coalition of the ACT in partnership with the ACT Government, Australian Government and Beyondblue
The ACT National Youth Week 2013 Grants anre available to fund events that recognise the contribution of young people in the ACT to their community.
The grants aim to:
  • Promote positive images of the ACT’s diverse groups of young people;
  • Ensure culturally diverse approaches to youth participation in the planning and development of all National Youth Week activities;
  • Acknowledge the common interets of young people as well as their diverse backgrounds and circumstances (for example, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Isalnder, multicultural and recently arrived or refugee young people, young people with disability(
  • Showcase young people’s diverse talents, contributiosn and achievements
  • Enable young people to express their ideas and give young people a voice; and
  • Raise awareness of depression and anxiety (if applying for a Youthbeyondblue grant)
Applications close: 8 Feburary 2013
For more information: See the website  or email

Indigenous Justice Program Funding Submissions
Attorney-General's Department, Australian Government
The Australian Government is calling for funding submissions under the Indigenous Justice Program from 2013-2014 to 2015-2016. The Program provides funding for projects to reduce adverse contact of Indigenous Australians with the criminal justice system. The objective is to support safer communities by reducing Indigenous offending, and in doing so, reduce Indigenous victimisation and incarceration. Organisations that are committed to working in partnership with the Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and want to make a difference in the community are encouraged to apply.
Applications close: 15 Feburary 2013
For more information: See the website, email or call (02) 6141 4822

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ACT Health to stick with new chiefs after scandal

Canberra Times, 25 January 2013
Changes to the top ranks at ACT Health made in the ‘volatile’ wake of last year’s data doctoring scandal look set to be made permanent. And Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has confirmed that the Canberra Hospital’s chief executive during the crisis has resigned and left the country.
For more information: See the article

Needle exchanges ‘can curb Hep C’
Canberra Times, 17 January 2013
Needle exchange services should be provided in late-night convienience stores, petrol stations and in all Australian prisons to help stop the spread of hepatitis C, says a public health group. A report by the Economist Intelligence Unit warns hepatitis C has become a ‘silent pandemic’ that kills 350 000 people each year.
For more information: See the article

Mental health unit ‘too small, too late’
Canberra Times, 14 January 2013
The former manager of the Alexander Maconochie Centre’s crisis support unit says the government’s promised secure mental health facility is too small and will come years too late.
For more information: See the article

A problem kept locked away
Canberra Times, 13 January 2013
Aboriginies are over-represented in ACT’s prison population, and the numbers are rapidly rising. Ngambri elder Matilda House had one family member who was in and out of jail his whole life – while figures on the number of her extended Aboriginal family who have stayed at Her Majesty’s pleasure are too difficult to count.
For more information: See the article

‘Ice’ users likely to suffer psychosis on drug, study finds
Canberra Times, 10 January 2013
Users of methamphetmine, or ‘ice’ are five times likeller to suffer psychotic symptoms while taking the drug, according to a groundbreaking new Australian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Assocation Psychiatry (JAMA).
For more information: See the article

Sophisticated cannabis grow house leads to arrests
Canberra Times, 9 January 2013
Police uncovered a large hyrdoponic set-up in a two-storey home in Dagma Berne Street in November last year. They found 94 plans estimated, when mature, worth over $300,000 on the street.
For more information: See the article

ACT to follow NSW smoking ban
ABC News, 7 January 2013
The ACT Government plans to follow New South Wales and ban smoking in more public places. From 7 January smoking is banned at all public transport stops and stations, children’s playgrounds, swimming pools and other public places – with big fines for those who flout the rules.
For more information: See the article

Canberra probes ‘free’ cigarette covers
Canberra Times, 4 January 2013
Australia’s largest tobacco franchise could be in breach of state tobacco laws by giving away free cardboard cigarette covers designed to cover plain cigarette packs. The Tobacco Station Group, with more than 300 stores nationally, is offering covers which feature the company’s logo and website address free of charge to customers who purchase tobacco products in their outlets.
For more information: See the article

Tipsy teens a headache
Canberra Times, 1 January 2013
Police say that while the New Year’s Eve crowd was generally well behaved, the large number of people who appeared to be affected by alcohol was ‘concerning and dissapointing’.
For more information: See the article

Mental illness the largest contributor to disability worldwide
University of New South Wales Newsroom, 14 December 2012
Mental Illness of the largest contributor to disability, according to a report card on the world’s health, The Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD 2010). Close to a quarter of the world’s disability burden is attributed to mental and behavioural disorders combined.
For more information: See the article

‘Pre-loaded’ drinkers hit streets
Canberra Times, 11 December 2012
A culture of “pre-loading” on alcohol before heading out to pubs and clubs is causing alcohol-related crime, violence, hospitalisation, assault and death. Australia’s largest study into alcohol-related night-life crime has found people are increasingly drinking before they go out to avoid high alcohol prices in venues.
For more information: See the article

Aboriginal women in jail surge
Canberra Times, 7 December 2012
A JUMP in the number of Aboriginal women in custody has led to a marked increase in the number of women imprisoned in Australia.
For more information: See the article

New app helps you locate a doctor wherever you are
Hon Tanya Plibersek and Hon Bernie Ripoll, press release, 6 December 2012
The National Health Services Directory is a free service developed to help patients find accurate information about health services, wherever they are.
For more information: See the press release
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Mail: PO Box 7187,
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