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Remembrance Ceremony

21st Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony
Families and Friends of Drug Law Reform (ACT) Inc.
The Families and Friends of Drug Law Reform (ACT) Inc. welcomes all to attend the 21st Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony ‘for those who lose their life to illicit drugs’.
Speakers will include:
  • Gai Brodtmann MP for Canberra
  • Sione Crawford, Bereaved friend and former manager of Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation
  • Rev. Dr. Jeanette Mathews.
People are invited to submit the name of a family member or friend who has lost their life to illicit drugs and to have them remembered at the ceremony, to do so contact Peter Taylor by email, or call (02) 6259 9899
Date:  24 October 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Venue: Weston Park, Yarralumla (located on the right of Weston Park Road opposite the Prescott Lane junction)
For more information: Visit email or call (02) 6259 9899

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First Aid Course - ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Qualification Strategy 

Under the ACT ATOD Qualification Strategy (QS) it is a requirement that all ATOD workers in services funded by ACT Health possess a current First Aid qualification. Subsidised First Aid training is being provided to workers to undertake this training with St John Ambulance Australia (ACT). Workers who undertake this one day training will receive a Certificate for the following units:

  • HLTAID001: Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID002: Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID003: Provide first aid
20 places are available for both non-government and government ACT ATOD workers in line with the QS priority of allocation strategy. It is essential all participants undertake online study and completion of a module prior to attending the full-day session. 
Date:                      Thursday 8 December 2016
Time:                      8:30am - 5:30pm 
Training Provider:   St John Ambulance
Applications:           Essential. Please contact to obtain an application form. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 4 November 2016.

For more information: Visit, email or call (02) 6249 6358

New Phone

Effective from September 2016, ATODA has new phone numbers and a second phone line in operation.
ATODA’s phone numbers are:

Main line: (02) 6249 6358
  • Second line: (02) 6257 2661
  • Fax line: (02) 6230 0919
The previous phones numbers, i.e. (02) 6255 4070 and (02) 6255 4649, are not in service and have been disconnected.
All other contact details remain unchanged:
Office location: 11 Rutherford Crescent, Ainslie ACT
Mail: PO Box 7187, Watson ACT 2602

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ATOD Workers Group

The ACT ATOD Workers Group met on 1 September 2016 and are progressing work across a range of areas. If you would like to get involved, please review the information below and liaise with the Workers Group representative from your agency.
Activities/discussions included: 
  • Promoting the Comorbidity Interagency Day organised by CatholicCare held on 28 September 2016.
  • Highlighting CAHMA’s heath promotion activities undertaken in August to support Overdose Awareness Day and in September specific to HCV treatment
  • Promoting poster resource developed by CAHMA to better explain how to open and prepare Naloxone from an ampoule
  • Promoting Karralika’s Smart Recovery program delivered at Eclipse House
  • Promoting new group options for Direction’s Smart Recovery
  • Discussing support from GPs at Althea, Directions, for new HCV treatment regimes
  • Discussing the roll-out of a pre-outreach program at Toora Women Inc
  • Reporting on Counselling and Treatment Service, Alcohol and Drug Services, implementation of new waiting list management system
  • Reporting on the success of the ACT World Hepatitis Day Event organised in collaboration by Hepatitis ACT and ATODA on 4 August 2016
  • Discussing Hepatitis ACT funding received to support a new role for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified position focused on hepatitis B
  • Undertaking a consultation for the Review and Redesign of ACT Withdrawal Services with Linda Jenner - Consultant, 360edge
  • Promoting the upcoming Remembrance Ceremony for those who lose their lives to illicit drugs organised by Family and Friends of Drug Law Reform (FFDLR) to be held on 24 October 2016
For further information about the ACT ATOD Workers Group visit the ATODA website or email

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ACT Policy

2016 ACT Election Priorities Statement
The recent October 2016 election for the ACT Legislative Assembly provided an opportunity for the ACT community to have stronger and more effective responses to preventing and reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug related harms.
ATODA developed a 2016 ATODA Election Priorities Statement which will, if implemented by the new Legislative Assembly, go a long way towards strengthening the ACT’s responses to alcohol and other drugs, contributing to building a stronger, healthier and safer Canberra.
The Priorities Statement includes two documents:
The Priorities Statement was distributed to all Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly and individual party candidates for the election. ATODA is able to provide briefings and respond to queries in relation the Priorities Statement.
For more information: Visit the website or call (02) 6249 6358

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Private AOD Rehabilitation Services

The ABC Four Corners episode Rehab Inc aired on 12 September 2016. The program reported that publicly funded rehabilitation centres have long waiting lists and that there are high costs associated with rehabilitation treatment in private clinics and concerns around regulation and the quality of treatment received. A link to view the full episode and related article is below:
Rehab Inc: The high price parents pay to get heir kids off ice
ABC, 12 September 2016
Rehab Inc, reported by Ben Knight and presented by Sarah Ferguson, was on air on Monday 12th September at 8.30pm.
For more information: Click to view

Ice and the high price parents are paying to get their children off it
ABC, 12 September 2016
Across Australia, desperate parents are re-mortgaging homes, taking out loans, or pulling out their superannuation to rescue their children from ice addiction.
For more information: See the article
Statements and media from the AOD Sector included:

WA Communities Benefit form Alcohol and other Drug Service Standards
Western Australian Network of alcohol & other Drug Agencies (WANANDA), 14 September
WANADA says not-for-profit, alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia, including residential rehabilitation services, are certified against accredited standards.
For more information: See the article

Families suffer in drug treatment crisis
Australian Therapeutic Communities Association, 12 September 2016
This week’s Four Corners program rightly highlighted the issues many Australian families are facing in their desperate search for drug rehabilitation beds.
For more information: See the article

Mission Australia urges more accredited youth rehab facilities to tackle high cost of ice addiction
Mission Australia, 13 September 2016
Following the Monday night screening of Rehab Inc on ABC’s Four Corners, Mission Australia is again calling on the government to fund a network of accredited youth-specific rehabilitation and detox services, based on a similar model to Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm facility in NSW’s Southern Highlands, to help tackle the high financial and emotional cost of ice addiction.
For more information: See the article

Private Pain of Rehab
Uniting Church (Crosslight publication), 13 September 2016
An ABC Four Corners report that aired on Monday night revealed the high price parents pay to help their children fight ice addiction.
For more information: See the article
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Sector Development, Events and Activities

Women's AOD Services Network
Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) 


The NADA Women's AOD Services Network in NSW have announced the addition of an Associate Membership category for those with an interest in improving the support available to women with AOD issues. The network is a collective of women's only service providers that work together to improve service delivery and share skills and resources across women's services providing AOD treatment and support for women. Associate membership of the network provides the ACT AOD sector with an opportunity to access and exchange information and provides networking and capacity building possibilities in relation to improved service provision for women outside of women’s only NGO service settings.
To register to become an Associate Member of the network click here.
For more information: See the information sheet, visit the NADA website or call (02) 9698 8669
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Newsletters, Magazines and Updates


National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
Connections is a joint publication of the collaborative network of alcohol and other drug research centres. The September issue includes further details on the NCETA authored training module for organisational responses to crystal methamphetamine and the release of the paper Promising results from ED intervention with adolescent substance users.
For more information: See the September issue

Anex Bulletin
Penington Institute

The Anex Bulletin is a speciality publication for workers in Australia's needle and syringe programs (NSPs). The Bulletin is published every four months and explores the NSP front-line with the goal of reinforcing the importance of this work in the community. 

For more information: See the September issue
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Resources and Publications


New Comorbidity Guidelines
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at NDARC has updated and revised the Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (the Comorbidity Guidelines). The Comorbidity Guidelines aim to:
  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of co-occurring mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings
  • Improve the confidence and skills of AOD workers
  • Increase the uptake of evidence-based care.
Hardcopies can be collected at the ATODA office, email or call (02) 6249 6358
For more information: See the Comorbidity Guidelines, or visit the Australian Government website

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Training and Professional Development


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

The Comorbidity Bus Tour seeks to increase the capacity of frontline workers to support people experiencing co-occurring ATOD and mental health issues (comorbidity). The Comorbidity Bus Tour visits a variety of services in the ACT from the alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD), mental health and youth sectors. The next Comorbidity Bus Tour for 2016 will be Tour A on 9 November 2016

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

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

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

The ACT Training and Professional Development Calendar collates training and professional development opportunities for workers in the alcohol, tobacco and other drug, youth, mental health, family support and community sectors. To get the October - November 2016 training calendar, click here
To include your training in the next calendar email or call the Youth Coalition on (02) 6247 3540
Ice: Online Training for Frontline Workers
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
Growing concern about crystal methamphetamine has highlighted the importance of ensuring that all workers are skilled, competent and confident to address related issues. To respond to the needs of workers and organisations, NCETA was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive, freely available online training resource.
The online training resource is designed for workers in a range of roles and sectors including health, welfare, education, criminal justice and transport. It contains diverse content including:
1.       About Ice
2.       Effects of Ice
3.       Communicating with Ice Users
4.       Ice Users and Critical Incidents
5.       Interventions
6.       Prevention
7.       Organisational Responses to Ice
For more information: See the Resource, email or call (08) 8201 7575

Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)
ASHM is providing the Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course in Canberra.
Date: Sunday, 23 October 2016
Time: 8:30am - 5pm
Venue: Derwent Room, National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601 (alongside the Rural Medicine Australia Conference)
Cost: Free
For more information and to register: Visit the ASHM website or call (02) 8204 0700

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Consumer Participation


Stigma and Discrimination Survey - Hepatitis C and Injecting Drug Use
The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
UNSW is conducting an online survey on stigma and discrimination among people who have lived with hepatitis C and/or have ever injected drugs. This study is part of a broader project on stigma and discrimination among people living with Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections (BBVs/STIs) funded by the Australian government. The project will be collecting input from affected communities on experiences of stigma and discrimination, which will feed directly back into the national strategies addressing BBVs/STIs. Ultimately, these findings could be used to help reduce the negative impacts of stigma and discrimination on the health of people living with BBVs/STIs.
To complete the survey, go to:
Closing date: 31 October 2016
For more information: Email at or call (02) 9385 6959


Consumer Representative Training Course
Health Care Consumers Association (HCCA)

HCCA is providing the Consumer Representative Training Course in Canberra. HCCA is the ACT peak body which provides a voice for consumers who are on the receiving end of health care in the ACT. This training develops the personal knowledge and skills of community members to better equip them for consumer representative work.
Dates: 4 November and 11 November 2016
Time: 10am - 3:pm
Venue: HCCA Meeting Room, ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett
Cost: Free
For more information and to register: Email or call 6230 7800
Expressions of Interest - Hepatitis Australia Community Board Members
Hepatitis Australia
Hepatitis Australia is seeking applications from a person interested in joining the Hepatitis Australia Board as a Community Board Member from the beginning of 2017 for a two year term. To be eligible for this position you must be a current member of Hepatitis ACT and living with or previously were living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, or a member of a priority population for hepatitis B or hepatitis C. The successful applicant will be offered a comprehensive board induction process, mentoring and opportunities for governance training. Application packs and further information can be provided by John Didlick, Executive Officer of Hepatitis ACT.
Closing date: 21 October 2016
For more information: Email or call (02) 6230 6344
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Conferences and Symposiums


APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference
The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD)
APSAD Sydney 2016 will focus on emerging issues, new treatment, prevention, and policy approaches to the drug and alcohol field and will feature an impressive selection of international and national keynote speakers as well as concurrent session presentations, poster presentations, symposia, and workshops.

Date: 30 October - 2 November 2016
For more information: Visit the Conference website or email

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Youth, Mental Health and Allied Sectors

ACT Women's Awards: Recognising Exceptional Women in our Community 
ACT Office for Women

The 2017 ACT Women's Awards recognise the achievements of women who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in our local community. Nominations are currently open with the goal of recognising exceptional women in the ACT community. The 2017 ACT Women’s Awards recognise exceptional women in the following three categories:
 -              ACT Woman of the Year
 -              ACT Senior Women of the Year (50 years and over)
 -              ACT Young Woman of the Year (16-30 years)

Nominations close: 18 November 2016

For more information or to nominate an individual: Visit the website, email or call (02) 6205 3614

ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision: Conference Report 2016
ACT Council of Social Service Inc.
A report from the 2016 ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision Conference is now available. The report summarises the two days of the conference, including keynote speeches, panels, and reflections from participants.
For more information: See the Conference Report, email or call 02 6202 7200


Webinar: Using Mobile Apps in Mental Health Work
Centre for Mental Health Research
The e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) team at the Australian National University is inviting people to participate in a free and interactive webinar on how to select high quality Mental Health (MH) apps and ways to use in your work with clients. Find out about how to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of MH apps; identify opportunities to use MH apps within existing clinical practice; and learn practical ways to support clients’ use of apps. This webinar will be hosted by the Centre for Mental Health Research.
eMHPrac Webinar 7: “Using Mobile Apps in Mental Health Work”. Guest speakers are Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (Child & Adolescent Psychologist), Dr Elizabeth Mason (Clinical Psychologist), Assoc. Prof Tricia Nagel (Psychiatrist & Educator) & Mr Stoyan Stoyanov (Project Manager, QUT).
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: NSW, ACT, VIC & TAS: 6.30pm |  SA: 6:00pm  QLD: 5:30pm  |  NT 5:00pm  |  WA: 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Duration: Approx. 75 mins

For more information and to register: Visit the website

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Grants and Funding Opportunities 

Open Approach to Market - Requests for Proposal for the Uptake of Chronic Desease Management Medicare Benefits Schedule items in the ACT
Capital Health Network

The Capital Health Network through the ACT Primary Health Network (PHN) Programme is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure research services to explore the reasons for the very low relative uptake of GP Management Plan (GPMP) and Team Care Arrangement (TCA) referrals and other chronic disease related Medicare Benefits Schedule items in general practice in the ACT. The research will provide an insight into the local attitudes of general practitioners regarding the utilisation of allied health professionals in TCAs in the context of the patient centred primary care home. The research will also examine the evidence around good practice multi-disciplinary engagement to inform specific strategies that ACT PHN will need to develop to improve models of coordinated chronic disease management.

Closing date: 25 October 2016

For more information: Visit the website or email

Open Approach to Market - Expression of Interest for Stepped Care Psychological Interventions Service
Capital Health Network

The Capital Health Network through the ACT Primary Health Network (PHN) Programme has received funding as part of the Commonwealth Department of Health mental health reform activities to lead mental health and suicide prevention planning, commissioning and integration of services at a regional level to improve outcomes for people with or at risk of mental illness and/or suicide. This will be undertaken in partnership with the ACT government, general practitioners, non-government organisations, National Disability Insurance Scheme providers and other related services, organisations and providers. The aim of the funding is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of primary mental health and suicide prevention services for people with or at risk of mental illness and/or suicide and improve access to and integration of primary mental health care and suicide prevention services to ensure people with mental illness receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are currently open. Following open EOI developments an Invitation to Apply process will be undertaken with shortlisted respondents.

For more information: Visit the website or email 

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

Just how big is the drug problem in the Philippines anyway?
The Conversation, 13 October 2016
Words spoken by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte in September, have become notorious worldwide.
For more information: See the article

Ice addiction drove man to commit Melba knifepoint carjacking
The Canberra Times, 12 October 2016
An addiction to the drug ice turned a Canberra man into a "careless criminal" and drove him to commit a violent knifepoint carjacking, a court has been told.
For more information: See the article
Canberra’s prisoners cast their vote
The Canberra Times, 11 October 2016
The much-complained about candidate corflutes, party pamphlets and home visits have missed at least one segment of Canberra's population - those in prison.
For more information: See the article
Drugs and ammunition in Downer
City News, 6 October 2016
30-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Thursday, 6 October) after drugs, cash and ammunition were located in his vehicle.
For more information: See the article 
University of Canberra bans tobacco, will hand smokers cards instead of fines
The Canberra Times, 4 October 2016
The University of Canberra has moved to stub out smoking across its Bruce campus, but those who are caught breaching the ban won't be handed a fine.
For more information: See the article 

Stigma and empty wallets make HIV positive people carry on despite pain
The Conversation, 3 October 2016
People living with HIV experience pain similar to people with other chronic conditions. For example, people with HIV can have similar nerve pain in the feet and legs as diabetics. The significance of our study is that HIV-positive patients react to their pain differently.
For more information: See the article 

Smoking rates at 'all-time lows' as number of daily smokers almost halves over 20 years
ABC, 29 September 2016
Australians are lighting up in fewer numbers than ever before, and tobacco use is continuing to decline, a new report into cigarette smoking has revealed.
For more information: See the article

Canberra's big bottle shops to help pay for more police patrols in Civic under Labor proposal
ABC, 24 September 2016
Canberra's largest bottle shops will have to help pay for more late night police patrols in Civic under a plan announced by ACT Labor.
For more information: See the article 

ASEAN goal to eradicate drugs in the region leads to disregard for human life
The Conversation, 22 September 2016
Four years ago member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations adopted the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. Yet today the region is seeing a worrying backward trend in human rights protection in the name of a “war on drugs”.
For more information: See the article

Suspected bikie pleads not guilty to possessing illegal guns, explosives, drugs after police raid
ABC, 22 September 2016
A Canberra man, who police allege is a member of a motorcycle gang and was caught in possession of guns, explosives and drugs, has pleaded not guilty to a string of charges in the ACT Magistrates Court.
For more information: See the article 
Canberra judge says prison needle exchange could help ease infection problem
The Canberra Times, 22 September 2016
An ACT Supreme Court judge has told a court a prison needle exchange "would do much to resolve" the spread of infection among inmates who used shared syringes to inject drugs behind bars.
For more information: See the article 
Alleged Canberra drug trafficker refused bail over concerns he would flee to China
The Canberra Times, 22 September 2016
A Canberra man accused of trafficking drugs has been refused bail over concerns he would flee to China if released.
For more information: See the article 
Guns, drugs, and explosives in Theodore
City News, 22 September 2016
A 24-year-old Theodore man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (22 September) in relation to drugs, firearms, ammunition and explosives seized during the execution of a search warrant in Kambah.
For more information: See the article 
Man accused of shooting in Canberra's south denied bail, despite wanting to attend drug rehabilitation
ABC, 21 September 2016
A Canberra man accused of a shooting in Wanniassa last year has been denied bail on the grounds of community safety, despite him suggesting he could use the time to attend drug rehabilitation.
For more information: See the article

Weekly Dose: LSD – dangerous, mystical or therapeutic?
The Conversation, 21 September 2016
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic chemical made from a substance found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains, called ergot.
For more information: See the article
Accused drunk driver knocks out power in Harrison
The Canberra Times, 20 September 2016
A drunk P-plate driver who allegedly managed to knock out power in Harrison on Sunday for almost five hours will be hauled before an ACT court to explain himself.
For more information: See the article
Learner pulled over for drink driving with three children in the car: police
The Canberra Times, 19 September 2016
A learner driver who was pulled over for drink driving on Saturday night had her three young children in the car, ACT Policing says.
For more information: See the article
Nine arrested in drug bust across ACT NSW border ice seized
The Canberra Times, 16 September 2016
A four-month police operation has cracked an alleged drug supply ring operating in Canberra and Queanbeyan, and seized an estimated $100,000 worth of methylamphetamine, also known as ice.
For more information: See the article

We have a moral obligation to allow drug analysis at music festivals
The Conversation, 14 September 2016
At the Stereosonic festival last year, Sylvia Choi died after consuming a contaminated ecstasy tablet. Unfortunately Sylvia’s narrative is all too familiar – a bright future extinguished at a music festival that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
For more information: See the article

Weekly dose: Cannabis has been used medicinally for millennia why legalising is taking so long
The Conversation, 14 September 2016
Cannabis has a long history, and its misuse hangs over it like a dark shadow.
For more information: See the article

How does ice use affect families and what can they do?
The Conversation, 12 September 2016
Some of the greatest impacts of drug use are on families, but families sometimes feel in a position of little control when it comes to responding. Often they receive mixed messages about what they should do.
For more information: See the article

Canberra drug criminals branching out into child exploitation material
City News, 10 September 2016
ACT Policing has arrested a 40-year-old man following a search warrant in Mitchell on Friday 9 September.
For more information: See the article
Ex-ice users lecturing school kids isn’t the answer to preventing drug use
The Canberra Times, 9 September 2016
Australia is following the lead of the United States and sending ex-ice users into schools in the hope they can have an impact on kids' attitudes towards drug use and prevent use.
For more information: See the article

Braddon naturopath Ryan Franzi avoids jail for manufacturing and selling cannabis oil and tinctures
The Canberra Times, 8 September 2016
It's an issue on the cusp of reform in Canberra. But what Ryan Franzi did was the "antithesis" of a scientific approach, a court has heard.
For more information: See the article
Nicotine for vaping should be legalised in Australia 40 international and Australian experts
The Conversation, 7 September 2016
Forty leading international and Australian academics and researchers including myself have written to the Therapeutics Goods Administration in support of an application to make low concentrations of nicotine available for use in electronic cigarettes (“vaping”).
For more information: See the article

Canberra's smokers urged to join October quit campaign
The Canberra Times, 3 September 2016
Canberra's smokers are being urged to join a national campaign to quit the coffin nails at the end of month.
For more information: See the article
The Greens on drugs
City News, 30 August 2016
The ACT Greens have announced their plan to trial pill testing at festivals and host a drug law reform summit in the ACT.
For more information: See the article

Media Other:

Winnunga chief says Inanna’s Aboriginal housing tenders should have gone to an Indigenous group
The Canberra Times, 7 October 2016
The head of Canberra's Aboriginal health service has accused the ACT government of ignoring "national best practice" after it chose two non-Indigenous organisations to run housing and support services for Indigenous people.
For more information: See the article

‘It doesn’t have to end here’: ACT anti-domestic violence campaign unveiled
The Canberra Times, 19 September 2016
A woman's legs splay motionless on the floor, a man in dress shirt and tie slumps face-down on the ground, a young boy lies sprawled at the bottom of a staircase, police knock at a front door.
For more information: See the article

Greens promise more help for mental health
City News, 13 September 2016
GREENS health spokesperson Indra Esguerra has announced the ACT Greens’ plan to invest in the mental health and wellbeing of Canberrans.
For more information: See the article
Labor, Greens make new health election pledges, Libs to build Molonglo shops
The Canberra Times, 13 September 2016
Labor have promised to create a new nurse and allied health clinical school at the University of Canberra, while the Greens pledged to better fund healthy weight initiatives, mental health services, boost nursing numbers, and build new walk-in centres in Dickson and Weston Creek.
For more information: See the article
ACT election: What issues are important to Canberrans
ABC,13 September 2016
Campaigning has officially begun for the ACT election. With the parties pitching their own narratives to voters, ABC News set out to find what issues Canberrans care about most.
For more information: See the article
ACT Labor promises $12 million to build Aboriginal health clinic for Winnunga
The Canberra Times, 12 September 2016
Health is shaping up to be a key battleground of the ACT election, as both Labor and the Liberals pledge to splash cash on the Aboriginal health sector.
For more information: See the article

ACT Labor commits $36 million to boost nursing numbers, training if re-elected
ABC, 10 September 2016
ACT Labor has pledged to boost and support the nursing workforce in Canberra to the tune of $36.34 million if it wins government again in October.
For more information: See the article 

Shane promises improved mental health care for youth
City News, 2 September 2016
SHANE Rattenbury has announced a plan to support Canberra’s students.
For more information: See the article

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