6th Annual ACT ATOD Sector Conference Follow Up
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6th Annual ACT ATOD Sector Conference Follow Up



Posters / Presentations / Services and Programs



The 6th Annual ACT ATOD Sector Conference themed ‘New and Emerging Technologies: Alcohol, tobacco and other drug research, policy practice and participation’ was held on Friday 21 June 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia as part of Drug Action Week 2013.  

It was hosted by ATODA in collaboration with the ACT Drug Action Week Planning Group and the ACT ATOD sector.
The conference was “sold out” and brought together local and national experts to help participants engage in thinking about how and where we might use modern digital communications in providing services, conducting research, developing policy and engaging stakeholders related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
 
The conference sought to connect participants with the evidence base about what is effective in the online environment; promote opportunities to consider new and emerging ethical considerations concerning treatment engagement in the online world; to look at what online resources are available that can complement our existing service system response; to showcasing developments in the ACT; and potentially to challenge some assumptions.
 
ATODA would like to warmly thank the speakers and participants for sharing their knowledge and expertise and making this conference a great success by engaging such fantastic discussions. Particular thanks are extended to the 2013 Conference Convenor Professor Debra Rickwood.
 
ATODA gratefully acknowledges the support from ACT Health, the Department of Health and Ageing and the conference sponsor:
 
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the ‘Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Funds’ and is managed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
 
This support has meant that conference can be of high quality while ensuring that the conference is accessible to stakeholders who might not otherwise be able to attend conferences. The registration fees were some of the most inexpensive for an AOD conference in the country, at $80 for ATODA members, $100 for non-members and 10% of registrations fully subsidised for consumers and families.

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Posters

The ACT ATOD Services Directory Website
The ACT ATOD Workers Group and ATODA
The ACT ATOD Services Directory Website was launched on the Conference day.  A poster presenting its various characteristics and related details was exhibited along with a laptop computer where people were invited to visit the Directory Website
For more information: See the poster
 
Online Self Reporting Tool
Ted Noffs Foundation ACT
This poster was presenting a new online self-reporting tool and described its uses, features and results over the five months that it was implemented.
For more information: See the poster
 
TED – Database and Client Management System
Ted Noffs Foundation ACT
This poster was describing the key features and processes associated with TED online management system and database.
For more information: See the poster

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Presentations

Session 1: Opening
 
Ms Carrie Fowlie
ATODA
Ms Fowlie was the conference master of ceremonies.
 
Mrs Agnes Shea OAM
Ngunnawal Elder
Aunty Agnes gave Welcome to Country to open the conference.
 
Professor Debra Rickwood – Opening Address and Conference Convenor
University of Canberra and headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Professor Rickwood gave the opening address and initiated discussion regarding new technologies and interconnection. She highlighted two web resources: one, the Beacon website, a tool for health workers that lists and rates a wide range of services according to their evidence base; and a second one, the eheadspace which is an online support service (see Services and Programs).
For more information: See Professor Rickwood’s presentation
Contact details: Debra.Rickwood@canberra.edu.au
 
 
Session 2: Identities and voices online

 
Dr Monica Barratt – Drugs, Internet and society
National Drug Research Institute
Dr Barratt started by raising two important questions: how are drug practices shaped by internet technologies? And how are our responses to drug problems shaped by internet technologies?  She followed by discussing the emergence of news drugs associated with the use of internet and underground illegal markets such as “Silk Road” and potential policy considerations.
For more information: See Dr Barratt’s presentation
Contact details: m.barratt@curtin.edu.au, twitter @monicabarratt
 
Professor Alison Ritter – Young people and drug policy
Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP), NDARC, UNSW
Professor Ritter spoke about the research that had been conducted, commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs, to ascertain young people’s opinions of alcohol and drug policy. She discussed the online survey including various aspects associated with the methodology such as recruitment, sampling and ethical considerations.
For more information: See Professor Ritter’s presentation
Contact details: alison.ritter@unsw.edu.au
 
Ms Pam Boyer – Film development process and screening
Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT)
Ms Boyer talked about one of the projects of MIEACT called “Moving Minds”. It consists of a DVD compilation of 2-3 minutes short-films written and produced by people living with mental illness in which they tell their personal stories. She highlighted the potential strengths and challenges of using this medium as a tool in sharing personal stories, including participants who may not want their story to be told in the future and how once someone’s story is released online it is difficult, if not impossible, to control.
For more information: Visit the MIEACT website
Contact details: pam@mieact.org.au
 
 
Session 3: Online treatment and support
 
Professor Dan Lubman – Treatment and support
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
Professor Lubman presented some online resources that were developed related to gambling and ATOD to help service consumers and families. Amongst the resources mentioned was “Counselling Online” which is a service that offers text-interaction and online counselling about ATOD related concerns that can complement face-to-face ATOD treatment and support, provide out of hours support and reach people who might not otherwise access services.
For more information: Visit the Turning Point website or the Counselling Online website.
Contact details: dan.lubman@monash.edu
 
Associate Professor Nicole Lee – Supervision and support
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University & LeeJenn Consulting
Associate Professor Lee shared her experiences as a specialist AOD supervisor using online tools such as Skype. New technologies enable supervisees to potentially access diverse and specialist expertise that may not be available where they practice. She discussed the pros and cons of different ways of engaging in supervision remotely and key principles underpinning them.
For more information: See her professional profile on the NCETA website
Contact details: Nicole.lee@flinders.edu.au
 
Ms Annie Madden – Peer support and connections
Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
Ms Madden discussed the opportunities that new technologies have created for consumers, peer support and engagement by demonstrating some of the online initiatives AIVL has recently engaged in. She further explored the opportunities and challenges of providing harm reduction and other information and support through internet technologies and the resources required to invest in this area.
For more information: see the AIVL website
Contact details: anniem@aivl.org.au

 
Session 4: Evolution of practice and support
 
Mr Brian McConnell – Fostering families networks online
Families & Friends for Drug Law Reform (FFDLR)
Mr McConnell discussed about the importance and opportunities of establishing and developing families networks using online tools, including building and maintaining a website, developing new skills and fostering networks with other families-focussed organisations nationally and internationally.
For more information: Visit the FFDLR website
Contact details: mcconnell@ffdlr.org.au
 
Mr Laurence Alvis – Evolution of a traditional drug treatment service
UnitingCare ReGen
Mr Alvis talked about the evolution of ReGen as an organisation in response to the emergence of new technologies, and described a suite of projects and activities that were developed to better meet the needs of diverse service consumers. He also highlighted the resources required (and often unfunded) to engage in these activities and the need to embed technologies as part of service planning and organisational development.
For more information: See Mr Alvis’s presentation
Contact details: lalvis@regen.org.au

Dr Sally Rooke – Evolving cannabis information, treatment and support
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC), NDARC, UNSW
Dr Rooke presented the results from various projects, studies and survey undertaken by NCPIC and explained how the use of new technologies has offered some solutions but also raised further questions.
For more information: See Ms Rooke's presentation
Contact details: s.rooke@unsw.edu.au
 
 
Session 5: Technology and policy
 
Dr Nicholas Carah – Facebook and industry

University of Queensland
Dr Carah discussed the use of Facebook by the alcohol industry and how branding is integrated into social media. He highlighted some challenges and policy considerations.
For more information: see his book “Pop Brands: branding, popular music, and young people”
Reference: Carah, N. (2010). Pop Brands: branding, popular music, and young people. Peter Lang: New York.
Contact details: n.carah@uq.edu.au
 
Professor Ron Borland – e-cigarettes as harm reduction?
Cancer Council Victoria
Professor Borland discussed tobacco related harms and potential harm reduction strategies. He discussed how making low harm cigarettes have proven to be impossible, and that it is important to consider the potential public health benefits and regulatory options for e-cigarettes.
For more information: See Professor Borland’s presentation
Contact details: ron.borland@cancervic.org.au


Session 6: Health promotion and closing
 
Ms Selina Walker & Ms Keischa Jameson and Ms Shaye Graham – Beyond Today Initiative
Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation
Ms Walker spoke about the “Beyond Today Initiative” and what is the impact of such an initiative in the community. She also introduces two young women to the audience who ended the conference with two songs created through the “Beyond Today” Initiative.
Contact details: selina@gugan-gulwan.com.au

Professor Debra Rickwood – Conference Convenor Summary
University of Canberra and headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Professor Rickwood gave the closing summary of the conference.

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Services and Programs
 
Affiliated Services and Agencies & Programs mentioned by the Presenters

Professor Debra Rickwood

 
University of Canberra, Faculty of Health
The Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra educates clinicians, professionals and researchers to be leaders in the ever changing sectors of health and sport. Psychology is one of the research areas of the faculty.
For more information: Visit the Faculty of Health website, or call (02) 6201 2653
 
headspace
National Youth Mental Health Foundation  
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Established in 2006 with funding from the Commonwealth Government, headspace is a world-first initiative that fills a gap in the system by treating young people who have mild to moderate mental health issues.
For more information: Visit the headspace website, download the prospectus, email info@ppss.org.au, or call (03) 9020 1833
 
Beacon
The Australian National University
The Beacon web portal lists, reviews and rates quality health websites and mobile applications. It also provides site links, access information and reviews of internet support groups.
For more information: Visit the Beacon website
 
 
Dr Monica Barratt
 

National Drug Research Institute
Curtis University
The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) conducts and disseminates high quality research that contributes to the primary prevention of harmful drug use and the reduction of drug related harm in Australia.
For more information: Visit the NDRI website, or call (08) 9266 9266
 
 
Professor Alison Ritter
 
Drug Policy Modelling Program
University of New South Wales
The Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) aims to create valuable new drug policy insights, ideas and interventions that will allow Australia to respond with alacrity and success to illicit drug use.
For more information: Visit the DPMP website, email Alison.ritter@unsw.edu.au, or call (02) 9385 0186
 
National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre
University of New South Wales
The National Drug & Alcohol Research (NDARC) is multidisciplinary and collaborates with medicine, psychology, social science and other schools of the University of NSW, as well as with a range of other institutions and individuals in Australia and overseas.
For more information: Visit the NDARC website, email ndarc@unsw.edu.au, or call (02) 9385 0333
 
 
Ms Pam Boyer
 
Mental Illness Education ACT
The Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) aims to reduce stigma and discrimination, improve knowledge, and to raise awareness about the importance of getting help early.
For more information: Visit the MIEACT website, or call (02) 6257 1195
 
 
Professor Dan Lubman
 
Turning Point – Alcohol and Drug Centre
Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre provides leadership to the drug and alcohol field in Victoria, Australia. It aims to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with, and affected by alcohol and other drug-related harms.
For more information: Visit the Turning Point website, email Info_Group@turningpoint.org.au, or call (03) 8413 8413
 
Counselling Online 
Counselling Online is a free service available 24/7 for anyone seeking help with their own alcohol and drug use, or if concerned about a family member, relative of friend.
For more information: Visit the Counselling Online website, email Info_Group@turningpoint.org.au, or call 1 800 888 236

Gambling Help Online 
Gambling Help Online provides live counselling and email support. It is available to anyone seeking support for a gambling concern in a confidential environment.
For more information: Visit the Gambling Help Online website, email Info_Group@turningpoint.org.au, or call 1 800 858 858
 
 
Associate Professor Nicole Lee
 
The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Flinders University
The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) is an internationally recognised research centre that works as a catalyst for change in the alcohol and other drugs field.
For more information: Visit the NCETA website, email nceta@flinders.edu.au or call (08) 8201 7535
 
LeeJeen Health Consultants
LeeJeen seek to provide tailored support to governments and health services to improve health service delivery through program design and implementation, training and workforce development and research and evaluation.
For more information: Visit the LeeJeen website, email info@leejeen.com.au, or call 1 300 988 184
 
 
Ms Annie Madden
 
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is the national peak organisation representing the state and territory drug user organisations and issues of national significance for people who use or have used illicit drugs.
For more information: Visit the AIVL website, the Facebook page, email info@aivl.org.au or call (02) 6279 1610
 
NSP - Legal Guide
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) produced and online NSP Directory and State and Territory Legal Guide that seeks to provide accurate information to help drug users reduce risks and make safer choices.
For more information: See the NSP Legal Guide
 
Hep C-Ciety – For Drug Users Living with Hepatitis C
The C-Ciety is a Hepatitis C social networking support group for people who inject drugs
For more information: See the AIVL website
 
 
Mr Brian McConnell

 
Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform
Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform (FFDLR) seeks alternative laws and policies that substantially reduce the deaths and minimise the health and social harm to users, families and society.
For more information: Visit the FFDLR website, or call (02) 6254 2961
 
 
Mr Laurence Alvis
 

Uniting Care ReGen
ReGen is an alcohol & other drug agency operating for over 42 years in the Northern region of Melbourne (formerly Moreland Hall)
For more information: Visit the Regen website, the Facebook page and the twitter account @ReGenUC
 
Bluebelly 
Uniting Care ReGen
Bluebelly is a collaborative, harm-reduction project that aims to gather and provide concise, relevant information about amphetamine-type stimulants.
For more information: Visit the Bluebelly website
 
Heads Together – The AOD Collective
Uniting Care ReGen
A site for organisations and individuals who wish to work collaboratively to reduce drug related harms.
For more information: Visit the Heads Together website
 
Broadband Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP) Project
Uniting Care ReGen
Remote video conferencing for alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment assessments.
For more information: Visit the Victoria Government website or visit Regen website
 
 
Dr Sally Rooke
 
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre’s (NCPIC) mission is to reduce the use of cannabis in Australia by preventing uptake and providing the community with evidence-based information and interventions.
For more information: Visit the NCPIC website, email info@ncpic.org.au, or call (02) 9385 0208
 
Reduce your use: How to break the cannabis habit
This is a free online program to help cannabis users to cut back and even stop their use. It provides advice and support throughout a six months program.
For more information: Visit the Reduce your use website
 
 
Dr Nicholas Carah
 
School of Journalism and Communication 
University of Queensland
The School of Journalism and Communication mission’s is to empower global communicators and engage communities. The School is a leading provider of learning, discovery and engagement in journalism, public relations and communication within a social and critical framework.
For more information: Visit the School of Journalism and Communications website, email sjc@uq.edu.au, or call (02) 9385 0208
 
Hello Sunday Morning  
Hello Sunday Morning’s purpose is to provide a platform for individuals to create meaningful change in their lives by taking a short break from alcohol.
For more information: Visit the Hello Sunday Morning website
 
 
Professor Ron Borland
 
Cancer Council Victoria
Cancer Council Australia is Australia's peak national non-government cancer control-organisation, Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. They also advocate for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.
For more information: Visit the Cancer Council Australia website, email info@cancer.org.au, or call (02) 8063 4100
 
 
Ms Selina Walker
 
Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation

Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation's vision is to provide a safe and supportive environment for Indigenous young people and their families where they may gather and discuss issues that concern them and gain access to information, referral, counselling and remedial services.
For more information: Visit the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation website, or call (02) 6296 8900
 
Beyond Today Initiative
Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation
The Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation “Beyond Today” Music Clip was written, produced and performed by ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members through Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation in association with the “Beyond Today It’s Up to You” social marketing campaign of the ACT Government.
For more information: Visit the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation website, or watch the promotion video on youtube

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