ACT ATOD Sector eBulletin - February 2014
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News from ATODA

Strengthening the Cultural Security of our Practice: Register now for Workshops on 10 February 2014
ATODA invites you to register for the Strengthening the Cultural Security of our Practice: Workshops with facilitator and presenter Ms Jill Rundle, CEO, Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies. This initiative has been developed in direct response to the issues identified at the 2013 ACT ATOD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workers Workshop and seeks to progress the ACT ATOD Reconciliation Working Group's priorities for action.
The two workshops are:
  1. Implementing the Culturally Secure Standard (Alcohol and Other Drug Sector) in the ACT
  2. Culturally Secure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Retention
Date: 10 February 2014
Time:  9:30am – 3:30pm
Cost: ATODA member $40, Non-member of ATODA $60, ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ATOD Workers and Services: free
Venue: ANU Commons Function Centre, Rimmer St, Canberra City
For more information and to register: See the flyer, visit the Eventbrite website, email, or call (02) 6255 4070

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ATOD Workforce Development
On the 17 December, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ATOD Workers Workshop facilitated by Professor Kerry Arabena was hosted by ATODA. The workshop aimed to proactively gather ACT-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol, tobacco and other drug workers to generate ideas on supporting and strengthening the current and future workforce (to inform a proposal to be drafted by ATODA).  We would like to warmly thank the participants for sharing their knowledge and providing valued input.  

Feedback sought: Subsidised Nicotine Replacement Therapy – a community program in the ACT
ATODA is seeking feedback from members (particularly specialist ATOD services) regarding the Subsidised Nicotine Replacement Therapy: a community program in the Australian Capital Territory
A proposed program model and evaluation strategy. This discussion paper, Prepared by LeeJenn Health Consultants for ATODA, is designed to support the introduction of a service consumer NRT subsidy initiative by proposing a model for consideration by non-government specialist ATOD services including implementation and evaluation plans. This initiative is focussed on non-government specialist ATOD services as it is seeking to move towards equity of subsidised NRT provision to service consumers of all specialist ATOD services. This discussion paper examines rates of smoking in the Australian population and ATOD service consumers in particular, the risks and harms associated with smoking and the role of NRT in supporting smokers’ quit attempts. It also reviews other models of subsidised NRT for service consumers of ATOD and similar services and finally recommends a suitable model for the ACT and associated evaluation and implementation plans.

To provide feedback or for more information: Contact Carrie Fowlie on Feedback is due 19 February 2014

Under 10% Project: Strengthening tobacco management practices in health and community sector workplaces that support vulnerable people
Building on the success of the ACT Workplace Tobacco Management Project, the Under 10% Project provides support and resources to health and community services to develop and implement (or review an existing) workplace tobacco management policy (with the goal of reducing the ACT’s smoking rate to under 10% - the lowest in the country).
Health and community agencies are invited to sign up as Under 10% Project Partners that, with support from the Project Team, develop and implement a workplace tobacco management policy.
Support from the Under 10% Project team includes:
  • Tobacco training for workers
  • Subsidised nicotine replacement therapy for workers
  • Template policies and signage
  • Resource kit
  • Evaluation and monitoring tools
  • Project Team support
A number of agencies have already signed on as Project Partners.
For further information or to get involved: Visit

Subsidised Training & Implementation Support: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Screening and Brief Intervention (ACT eASSIST)
The ACT e-ASSIST was developed through a partnership between Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) and ATODA, and is an electronic version of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST), designed by the World Health Organization.
The ACT eASSIST can support your service to:
  • Identify if a service consumer is experiencing ATOD issues through administering an easy to use electronic survey (that takes 5 – 10 minutes).
  • Ascertain the level of risk of this use to determine the next steps to take
  • Provide a structured brief intervention (in as little as 3 minutes)
  • Produce a feedback report card for service consumers regarding the risks associated with their ATOD use
  • Identify an appropriate ACT referral point for specialist ATOD support
Subsidised training is being organised for May 2014 on alcohol, tobacco and other drug information; harm reduction; screening; brief interventions; referrals and the ACT eASSIST.
For more information or to express interest in your service being involved: Contact Dianna Smith by email, or call (02) 6255 4070
ACT ATOD Qualification Strategy
The ACT is currently in the process of implementing the ACT ATOD Qualification Strategy (ACT ATOD QS) for the ATOD sector (previously the MQS), which aims to ensure the development and maintenance of a competent and professional workforce. It also aims to ensure that all workers have a shared minimum knowledge and skill base. Under the ACT ATOD QS 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.
ATODA is currently organizing training opportunities with an expectation that the 4 Core Competencies will commence in late March 2014.  An information package will be released in February 2014.
To express interest in participating in training opportunities in 2014: Contact Dianna Smith by email, or call (02) 6255 4070

ATODA’s 2012-2013 Financial Statements
ATODA presented its financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2013. These can be read alongside the ATODA Annual Report 2012 – 2013
For more information: See the 2012-2013 Audited Statements 

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News from the ACT ATOD Workers Group

The ACT ATOD Workers Group did not have a meeting in January 2014. Content for this section will return next month.
For more information on the Workers Group: Visit

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News from the ACT ATOD Executive Group

The ACT ATOD Executive Group did not have a meeting in January 2014. Content for this section will return next month.
For more information on the ACT ATOD Executive Group: Visit

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National Projects

The Australian Government is undertaking or commissioning seven concurrent national projects from 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014 (inclusively). ATODA is seeking to support ACT stakeholders to effectively and efficiently engage in these important national processes through several mechanisms, including:
1. A webpage for each national project, which includes current ACT specific information
2. Standing item in the monthly ATODA eBulletin, including profiling one project each month (see National Workforce Development Strategy below)
3. Monthly discussions through advisory groups and forums
4. National Projects ACT Updates 

Review of the Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Services Sector: Working Paper 3
Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of New South Wales (UNSW)
The DPMP is currently carrying out a review of alcohol and drug prevention and treatment funding, focusing on Commonwealth funding. The DPMP is releasing a series of working papers during the year to keep the AOD sector, and other stakeholders, informed of the review’s progress. This working paper provides a diagram of sources and flows for alcohol and drug treatment in Australia and explanatory information. The working paper also includes key background information on the structure of the federal health system.
To provide comments on the paper, please email
For more information: See the paper or visit the DPMP website
Profile: National Drug and Alcohol Mapping Project
The National Drug and Alcohol Mapping Project aims to map drug and alcohol services throughout Australia in accordance with geographical location, referral pathways and treatment services offered. The Project has produced the web based National Drug and Alcohol Services Directory available online at This website has been created to allow families and friends, consumers and clinicians to locate drug and alcohol services. To provide feedback, receive information about the site or to update service,  email
Project leaders: Monash University with Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre
Funder: Australian Government Department of Health
Project duration:  2011 – 2014 (followed by an additional 3 years funding to maintain the directory and the app)
Project contact:
Dr Jade Sheen
Phone: (03) 9904 4247

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ADCA Members Important Information 

As you are aware, the Commonwealth Government has decided it will no longer continue to fund the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA). From 28 February 2014, all National Drugs Sector Information Service (NDSIS) services will cease, including:
  • Addiction Information Monthly (AIM)
  • Ask A Librarian
  • Borrowing
  • Drug Contents
  • E-Journal Access
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • NDSIS Webpage
  • Other Projects (National Inhalants Information Services, Register of Australian Drug and Alcohol Research, Drugfields)
  • Today’s Drug News
  • Update and Drugtalk
Please note, remaining NDSIS staff will assist with any information queries within the confines of their limited resources up to 28 February 2014.
For more information: See the ADCA notice 

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National Policy

Alcohol-Related Violence

Significant attention has been drawn to the impact of alcohol-related violence across Australian communities in recent months. Notably, the New South Wales Parliament passed new legislation to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence on 31 January 2014. The following section provides a summary of recent media items covering the topic, including those specific to the ACT.
ATODA will continue to monitor and engage in developments related to alcohol-related violence, including those relevant to the review of the operation of the Liquor Act 2010. To provide input please contact Carrie Fowlie on
Getting Civic off the booze and violence
Canberra Times, 20 December 2013
Measures like those taken in Newcastle would cut the level of alcohol-related violence in the ACT.
For more information: See the article 
Punch Drink: Doctor wants violence ratings for Canberra nightspots
Canberra Times, 28 December 2013
An emergency medicine specialist at Calvary Hospital has urged the ACT to lead the nation in tackling drunken violence and harm, saying the city's medical staff is dealing with an ''unending supply'' of patients due to alcohol.
For more information: See the article 
Civic bashing victim was left unconscious on dance floor for 14 minutes
Canberra Times, 31 December 2013
Greg Hardie lay unconscious for 14 long minutes on a Civic nightclub floor as his attackers were allowed to leave the scene.
For more information: See the article 
Sentencing laws must be fixed to curb the drunken bashings, write Thomas Kelly’s parents
Canberra Times, 1 January 2014
Only penalties that fit the crime will deter bashers, write Ralph and Kathy Kelly.
For more information: See the article 
Govt eyes indigenous alcohol inquiry 
SBS, 8 January 2014
Alcohol-fuelled violence will be considered for the terms of reference in a federal parliamentary inquiry into alcohol misuse in indigenous communities.
For more information: See the article 
Tony Abbott enters debate on drunken street attacks
Canberra Times, 10 January 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has joined newspaper editors, parents, police and ambulance officers in calling for tougher measures to stop ''vicious'' and often drunken young men bashing strangers in unprovoked street attacks.
For more information: See the article 
Daniel Christie dies following king-hit punch
Canberra Times, 11 January 2014
The director of public prosecutions has been asked to examine whether the man charged with assaulting Daniel Christie on New Years Eve should be charged with murder, after the teenager died in hospital.
For more information: See the article 
Alcohol and violence: a complex issue in search of leadership
The Conversation, 14 January 2014
Peter Miller, Principal Research Fellow, Deakin University
The start of 2014 has seen a tragic, but sadly predictable discussion around Australia about lives lost or hanging in the balance due to violence. All of the high-profile cases involved alcohol. These are the tip of a horrifying iceberg.
For more information: See the article 
Police officer’s son king hit man in ‘unforgiveable’ attack
Canberra Times, 17 January 2014
A man who king hit an unsuspecting reveller in an ‘‘unforgiveable’’ attack on a Canberra dance floor has avoided time behind bars.
For more information: See the article 
Canberra man narrowly avoid jail for ‘coward punch’ attack
Canberra Times, 18 January 2014
A man has been given a suspended sentence for a "coward punch" assault at a Canberra pub that the magistrate described as "unforgivable".
For more information: See the article
King hits: young men, masculinity and violence
The Conversation, 21 January 2014
Raewyn Connell, University Professor (Social Science), University of Sydney
‘The recent outcry in Sydney about “alcohol-fuelled violence” has many people asking whether young men are out of control, or whether alcohol, or our hyper-masculine culture, might be to blame.’
For more information: See the article 
NSW response to alcohol-related violence is an important first step
The Conversation, 22 January 2014
Peter Miller, Principal Research Fellow, Deakin University
‘The reforms announced by NSW premier Barry O’Farrell show leadership and courage, and offer a shining example to other state and national leaders. They can serve as the beginning of real change to Australia’s culture, which has created an environment where we hear of senseless bashings, rapes and killings week in, week out.’
For more information: See the article 
No full-time jail for ‘cheap shot lacking courage’
Canberra Times, 22 January 2014
A man who drunkenly punched an unsuspecting nightclub patron because he was ‘‘getting close to my girl’’ has been sentenced to three months’ weekend detention.
For more information: See the article 
Why Barry O’Farrell’s new alcohol laws are ridiculous
Canberra Times, 22 January 2014
NSW citizens should hope the credit ratings agencies only look at the financial numbers when deciding what premium the state should pay on borrowings. On the evidence of proposed “single punch” mandatory sentencing, the overall sanity of the government is so dubious, you wouldn’t trust them with a penny.
For more information: See the article 
Push for national summit on violence
Canberra Times, 23 January 2014
Doctors will demand the Abbott government show leadership on the ''epidemic'' of alcohol abuse by calling a summit to change the nation's booze-soaked culture.
For more information: See the article 
New chapter for crime and punishment begins with a sentence from Barry O’Farrell
Canberra Times, 23 January 2014
Mandatory eight-year jail terms for intoxicated ''single-punch killers'' announced by the O'Farrell government are a positive move towards injecting fairness into sentencing.
For more information: See the article 
Are the ACT liquor laws working?
ABC News, 31 January 2014
The Chief Minister and the Opposition leader talk to 7.30ACT about Canberra's liquor laws.
For more information: See the article 
Man jailed for drunken punch that left victim with serious brain injury
Canberra Times, 3 February 2014
A man who punched a drunk Irish tourist in an early morning assault in Civic, leaving him with a serious brain injury, has been sentenced to one year's imprisonment and six months of weekend detention.
For more information: See the article 
No one-punch laws in ACT, says Corbell
Canberra Times, 4 February 2014
NSW's new mandatory sentencing laws will not deter violent drunks and will not be introduced in the ACT, Attorney-General Simon Corbell says.
For more information: See the article 
Canberra man Daniel Byrne jailed over one-punch attack on Irish tourist 
ABC News, 4 February 2014
A 21-year-old Canberra man is behind bars after being sentenced over a one-punch attack outside a city shop in 2011.
For more information: See the article 
Needle and Syringe Program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre
There has been significant developments regarding establishing Australia’s first needle and syringe program (NSP) in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) – the ACT’s adult prison, including the 2011 consultation on the Public Health Association of Australia’s report (the Moore Report) on potential implementation; and the subsequent release of the Blood Borne Virus Strategy for the AMC. ATODA will continue to support the introduction of an NSP in the AMC as an important public health measure and will monitor and engage in developments.
For more information: Visit or to provide input please contact Carrie Fowlie on
2CC Interview with David McDonald (ANU Fellow and Director of Social Research and Evaluation) 
Mr McDonald presents an evidence-based assessment of the merits of a regulated prison-based needle and syringe exchange program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Key points include:
  • Safety for prison staff, prisoners, and their families is a key consideration
  • A strong evidence base demonstrates that regulated prison-based needle and syringe exchange programs make prisons safer
  • The benefits of regulated prison NSP outweigh any negative consequences
  • Regulated prison NSPs: reduce transmission of BBVs, reduce overdose deaths, help create better relationships between staff and detainees, lead to an increase in assessment and treatment of drug related problems, and are not associated with increased drug use or drug supply
  • Needle stick injuries are a key concern for staff currently. Regulated NSPs reduce that danger and have been associated with zero incidents of regulated equipment being used as a weapon
  • In existing programs overseas, prison staff are supportive of regulated NSPs after initial hesitance and concerns.
For more information: Listen to the podcast 
Jail union slams ACT government’s slow progress on needle exchange negotiations
Canberra Times, 6 January 2014
The ACT government has held just two negotiation sessions in the past 16 months to try to break the deadlock over its planned prison needle exchange.
For more information: See the article 
Crackdown at ACT jail uncovers more banned items
Canberra Times, 6 January 2014
A crackdown by prison authorities on contraband getting inside Canberra's jail has turned up hundreds of banned items.
For more information: See the article 
Jail smuggling: More contraband as prisoner numbers increase
Canberra Times, 8 January 2014
Crowding at Canberra's jail is partly to blame for an increase in banned items being smuggled into the prison, the government says.
For more information: See the article 

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Sector Development, Events and Activities
Winston Churchill Fellow Presentation and Discussion - Health Promotion and Tobacco
Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA)
Ms Cerys Humphreys will be giving a presentation on Thursday 13 February 2014. Ms Humphreys has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship and is visiting from Wales to research tobacco and alcohol health promotion interventions.
Ms Humphreys will give an overview of facts and interventions in Wales and lead a discussion aimed at sharing information and strategies.
Date: 13 February 2014
Times: 9:15am - 11:45 am (morning tea is provided)
Venue: Boardroom, Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), Level 1, CAnberra House, 40 Marcus Clarke St. Canberra 
RSVP: By Monday 10 February
For more information or to register: See the flyer, email, or call (02) 6289 2803

National Apology Anniversary: 13 February
National Sorry Day Committee
This event marks the anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples in the House of Representatives on 13 February 2008 by former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, apologising for past laws, policies and practices that have impacted on Australia’s First Nations Peoples, particularly members of the Stolen Generations.
For more information including ACT events: Visit
Morning Tea to Celebrate the Anniversary of the National Apology (12 February)
ACTCOSS, Dhulung Yarra Service and Relationships Australia Canberra & Region
A morning tea to celebrate the anniversary of the National Apology will be held and include a screening of the Apology and guest speaker.
Date: 12 February 2014
Cost: Free
Venue: ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, 245 Lady Denman Dr, Yarramundi Reach
RSVP: For catering purposes to by 10 February 2014
ACTCOSS National Apology Anniversary Morning Tea (13 February)
ACTCOSS would like to invite people to come along and share some personal insights during the era where past laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments affected lives from the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These policies inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, known today as the STOLEN Generation. Come and listen to the personal life experiences from two amazing Aboriginal women, Coral King and Bonnie Booth, who originally come from Woorabinda in Queensland and who have been part of the Canberra community for many years.
Date: 13 February 2014
Time: 10am – 12pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Level 1 meeting room, 1/6 Gritten St, Weston

Australia Day 2014 Honours
Australia Day Honour Roll 2014
The Australia Day 2014 Honours List was announced by the Governor-General on Sunday 26 January 2014. The list provides national and formal recognition for Australians who have made a significant difference to their communities.
The Australia Day award winners who work in the area of drugs, alcohol, HIV and public health are:
  • Associate Professor Edward Thomas WILKES, Officer (AO) in the general division of the order of Australia  
  • Professor Michael Matthew DAUBE, Officer (AO) in the general division of the order of Australia
  • Mr Donald Allen BAXTER, Member (AM) in the general division of the order of Australia
  • Professor Rob MOODIE, Member (AM) in the general division of the order of Australia
  • Mr Major SUMNER, Member (AM) in the general division of the order of Australia
  • Ms Kathleen Joy ASHTON, Medal (OAM) of the order of Australia in the general division
  • Superintendent Brett Page GUERIN, Australian Police Medal (APM)
For more information: See the Governor-General website

2014 Indigenous Governance Awards
Reconciliation Australia
The Indigenous Governance Awards were created by Reconciliation Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton to identify, celebrate and promote effective Indigenous governance. Effective Indigenous governance is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making and implementing decisions about their communities, lives and futures.
The national awards highlight success in Indigenous Australia—strong leadership, good management, effective partnerships and brave, creative thinking. 
There are two award categories:
  • A. Outstanding examples of Indigenous governance in Indigenous incorporated organisations
  • B. Outstanding examples of Indigenous governance in non-incorporated initiatives or projects
Closing date for application: 30 May 2014
For more information: Visit the Reconciliation Australia website, see the Information Pack, email, or call (02) 6273 9200
 Also see the ‘Strengthening the Cultural Security of our Practice: Workshops’ in the News from ATODA section 

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Service Delivery
Quit Smoking Course
The Rainbow, Mental Health Foundation ACT, Cancer Council ACT
The ‘Fresh Start’ course is designed to enable participants to develop an understanding of the role smoking plays in their lives and develop strategies to replace smoking and manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Participants will also receive support, information and resources in relation to the quitting technique best suited to them.
These sessions are specifically for adults living with a mental illness.  
For more information: See the flyer, email, or call (02) 6242 6575

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Newsletters, Magazines and Updates
Karralika Programs Inc. Newsletter
Karralika Programs Inc.
This newsletter includes information about new initiatives run by Karralika Programs and a newly produced video about the Karralika Therapeutic Community.
For more information: See the latest issue
Hep Review Magazine
Hepatitis NSW
This issue of Hep Review Magazine contains a number of articles relevant to the ACT including:
  • ‘Be smart about body art’ initiative run by hepatitis ACT.
  • Letter regarding a Needle and Syringe Program in the ACT prison
  • A personal story from a person within the Alexander Maconochie Centre
For more information: See the latest issue 
Prison Issues Update (PIU)
Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)
The PIU provides information about substance use and rehabilitation in prisons and the criminal justice system for the months of December 2013 – January 2014.
For more information: See the latest issue 

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Resources and Publications

Special Issue: Opiate Pharmacotherapy: Treatment, Regimes, Constructions and Control
International Journal of Drug Policy (IJDP), Vol 24, Issue 6, November 2013
This special issue is available for free if registered by 1 March 2013.
It contains articles by: For more information and to register: Visit the IJDP website

Hepatitis Australia Advocacy Position Papers
Hepatitis Australia
Hepatitis Australia has developed a series of position papers that provide more detail on each of their National Advocacy priorities. The papers provide clear messages about the current situation for each priority area, some background and recommend some solutions.
Hepatitis B:
Hepatitis C:  
Prevention of Viral Hepatitis:  
From other sources: For more information: Visit the Hepatitis Australia website, or call (02) 6232 4257

The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
January 11, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The 1964 landmark report, released by Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry, was the first federal government report linking smoking and ill health, including lung cancer and heart disease. This scientifically rigorous report laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the United States. In the last 50 years, 31 Surgeon General’s Reports have been released, increasing our understanding of the devastating health and financial burdens caused by tobacco use.
The 2014 comprehensive report chronicles the devastating consequences of 50 years of tobacco use in the United States.
For more information:  Visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website 

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Training and Professional Development

Motivational Interviewing: Beyond the Basics (in Canberra)
Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services
This two-day interactive workshop will focus on deepening motivational interviewing (MI) knowledge and practice through discussion, observation, practice and feedback. This interactive and experiential workshop is ideal for people with previous training in Motivational Interviewing. 
Some of the topics covered in this collaborative workshop are: enhancing motivation to change, deepening reflective listening skills, integrating MI into your work setting, practice and feedback, overview of MI and groups.
The trainers are:
  • Chris Wagner (PhD is Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology and Psychiatry)
  • Joel Porter (PsyD is the Clinical Director for Goldbridge Rehabiliation Services and Adjunct Associate Professor with the Centre for Applied Psychology, Canberra University)
Date: 13 – 14 February 2014
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: $350 (includes morning tea, light lunch and afternoon tea)
Venue: TBC in Canberra
For more information or to register: Contact Lynn Springerby email, or call (02) 6207 0305
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 2014 will be Tour A on 26 February 2014.
For more information: Visit ATODA's website, email or call (02) 6247 3540
Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Workshops
Lifeline is running domestic and family violence awareness workshops for health, allied health and community frontline workers who, as part of their work, come in contact with people experiencing or at risk of domestic violence.
At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
  • Identify the different signs and forms of abuse that constitute domestic and family violence
  • Familiarise themselves with the cycle of violence and Duluth wheels - power and control, equality and empowerment
  • Reflect on and share what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence
Date: 11 February and 13 May 2014
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Cost: Free
Venue: Lifeline Canberra offices, Level 1 of 71 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City
For more information or to register: Email, or call (02) 6204 6402
Aboriginal Culture, History and Heritage Training
ACT Council of Social Services Inc. (ACTCOSS)
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: 28 March and 9 May 2014
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: ACTCOSS members $176, Non-members $250, Government/Corporate $325.
Venue: ACTCOSS meeting room, 1/6 Gritten Street, Weston
For more information or to register: Visit the Eventbrite website
Translating research findings into policy and practice 
Deeble Institute, Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA), Research School of Population Health (Australian National University)
This three-day course will assist academic researchers make their work more accessible and useful to policymakers. Course sessions will cover a range of topics including:
  • Why knowledge exchange and research translation is becoming more important for academic researchers, and the various ways it can be done
  • The realities of the policymaking process and the environment in which policymakers work
  • Engaging effectively with the media and non-academic audiences
  • Opportunities to secure funding for policy and practice-relevant research
Date: 14 to 16 April 2014
Cost: Deeble Founding Partners $2200, AHHA academics members $2600, Non-members $2700
Venue: The Australian National University, Building 65, Acton
For more information or to register: See the flyer, visit the AHHA website, email, or call (02) 6162 0780
‘Beyond Smoke and Mirrors’ Training
ACT Gambling & Racing Commission
'Beyond Smoke and Mirrors' training course provides participants with an understanding of the reasons why their clients may not disclose their problems with gambling or may not fully disclose the extent of the problem. An understanding of the reasons for and the mechanisms of deception can also assist non specialist community sector workers and counsellors work more effectively with clients affected by the gambling problems of a family member. The background for this material is drawn from the experience of financial, legal, welfare, and personal counsellors who work with the negative consequences of problem gambling.
Date: 11 February 2013
Time: 9am – 4:30pm (includes morning tea and lunch)
Cost: Free
Venue: Woden CIT, Ainsworth St, Phillip
For more information or to register: Contact Alex Ingham by email, or call (02) 6207 0305
Engaging People to Talk about Problem Gambling Issues
ACT Gambling & Racing Commission
This training is available for community sector workers assisting people who may have problems with gambling.
Many people with gambling problems seek help for other problems such as financial difficulties, relationship, housing, mental health or drug and alcohol problems before seeking help for their gambling problems. It is likely that community sector workers in these non gambling specific areas will encounter people with gambling problems. This training will increase awareness and skills for these workers equipping them to help their clients begin the process of change.
Date: 19 February 2014
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: Free (includes morning tea and lunch)
Venue: Woden CIT, Ainsworth St, Phillip
For more information or to register: Contact Alex Ingham by email, or call (02) 6207 0305
Raising the Standard – For Workers in the Community Sector
ACT Council of Social Services Inc. (ACTCOSS)
A practical workshop to assist workers in the community sector implement quality improvement in community organisations.
Many organisations have a requirement to use Raising the Standard (RTS) as part of service funding agreements. This workshop is for people who want to learn about:
  • The service standards developed for ACT community organisations which meet ACT Government funding requirements
  • The Continuous Improvement Cycle
  • How to embed and make continuous improvement work within your organization
  • The Principles and Patterns of Innovation
  • The RTS self-assessment process and tools
  • How to write a quality improvement workplan
Date: 27 February 2014
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
Cost: ACTCOSS members $90, Non-members $150, Government/Corporate $150
Venue: ACTCOSS meeting room, 1/6 Gritten Street, Weston
For more information or to register: Visit the Eventbrite website, email, or call (02) 6202 7200
Free Legal Information Sessions
Legal Aid ACT
Legal Aid ACT is offering free legal information sessions on the following topics:
  • Your rights at work!
  • What to expect after separation
  • Drink-driving
  • What about the kids?
  • Tenancy (Tenant and Landlord)
Date: throughout January to June 2014
Cost: Free
Venue: Legal Aid ACT, 2 Allsop Street, Canberra
For more information or to register: Visit the Flyer, email, or call (02) 6243 3475

February - March 2014 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.
The February – March training calendar is currently being developed and will be made available on the ATODA website when it is finalised.
To include your training in the next calendar, email or call the Youth Coalition on (02) 6247 3540

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Conferences and Symposiums

Australian Winter School 2014
Lives Lived Well, Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education (FARE)
The 2014 conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to examine treatment practice and approaches, discuss research and emerging trends and identify ways to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the sector.
With a number of major changes and funding reforms underway in the Australian AOD sector, there is a unique and important opportunity for individuals and organisations working in the industry, whether in a clinical, research or policy role, to play a part in influencing the future direction of the sector. The 2014 Australian Winter School conference will draw together keynotes, presentations, workshops and ideas which:
  • establish evidenced-based practice and key components required for successful and effective alcohol and other drugs treatment, programs and services – to provide delegates with tips, tools and solutions
  • develop an understanding of the importance of innovation, best practice and continuous improvement
  • analyse the best ways of influencing policy, the role of research and evaluation, and how best to engage in strategic dialogue and advocacy
Call for abstracts now open. Registration will open in March 2014.
Date: 23–25 July 2014
Costs: Early bird (before 13 June) - Full delegate $495, student discount rate $295, day delegate $295; After 13 June – Full delegate $595, student discount rate $ 295, day delegate $350
Venue: Rydges South Bank Brisbane
For more information: Visit the conference website, see the Preliminary Program, email, or call (07) 3367 0032
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care: CQI journeys to success 
Lowitja Institute 
The conference will provide opportunities for participants to:
  • Share knowledge about how best to embed CQI into everyday practice, ensuring better access to the highest-quality and comprehensive primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities including health promotion, dental health, social emotional wellbeing, alcohol and other drug programs (among others)
  • Learn about successful CQI examples and how best to transfer this knowledge to others working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing space
Date: 17 – 18 March 2014
Venue: Melbourne Docklands
For more information: Visit the Lowitja Institute website, email or call (03) 8341 5555
2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
The 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference will look at how far we have come in the area of Indigenous studies in Australia in the past 50 years. It will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legislated establishment of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS) as well as 50 years of leadership and excellence in Indigenous studies by AIATSIS.
The conference will bring together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Indigenous studies sector, including researchers, policy makers, community members, academics, representative organisations, consultants, traditional owners and service providers. Whether your interest in the conference topic is from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultural heritage, arts, policy, sport, economics, language, anthropology, archives, IT or other equally relevant sectors, the conference presents a unique opportunity to communicate information about your research, projects and programs with a wide audience and to benefit from discussion around shared areas of interest. No registrations will be accepted after 5 March 2013.
Note: The conference includes a dangerous consumption stream with presentations relate to ATOD
Date: 26–28 March 2014
Costs: Standard registration $750, concession registration $500, one-day registration $250
Venue: National Convention Centre, Canberra
For more information: Visit the AIATSIS website, or see the Program

20th International AIDS Conference
International AIDS Society
The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. 
The AIDS 2014 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.
Date: 20–25 July 2014
Costs: Middle/low income countries USD 635, high income countries USD 865, concession middle-/low income countries USD 165, concession high income countries USD 260
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Melbourne
For more information: Visit the Conference website, or see the Program 
Visions and Values: Setting the scene for the future
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania (ATDC)
Visions and Values: Setting the Scene for the Future will open debate on important alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues and provide conference delegates with the opportunity to focus upon the future of the ATOD sector in this time of change.
Date: 7 - 8 May 2014
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
For more information: Visit the ATDC website, or call (03) 6231 5002

NADA Conference 2014
Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA)
NADA is inviting interested participants to submit an abstract to present at the 2014 NADA Conference: Diversity Driving Innovation in the non-government drug and alcohol sector. The conference will focus on service responses to people with problematic substance use, and complex health and social needs.
Date: 12-13 May 2014
Cost: NADA Members $385, Non-Members $430
Venue: The Grace Hotel, Sydney
For more information or to register: Visit the Conference website, see the Program, or email

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Health Promotion Innovation Fund (Opportunity 2)
ACT Government
This funding is to support innovative community-based health promotion projects that improve population health outcomes. The priority focus is on tackling overweight and obesity and improving children's health including improving eating habits and improving physical activity outcomes. Other priorities such as supporting smoking prevention, reduction and cessation, supporting healthy active ageing and reducing the harmful and hazardous consumption of alcohol will also be eligible for funding.
Closing date: 21 February 2014
For more information: Visit the ACT Government website, email, or call (02) 6205 1325
NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust 2014-15
ACT Government, NRMA Insurance
The Trust supports the Safe System/Vision Zero approach to road safety which has been adopted by the ACT Government and other Australian jurisdictions. 
Applications are invited from individuals and community-based and other organisations wishing to apply for funding for projects or activities from the NRMA - ACT Road Safety Trust under the 2014/2015 Grant Program. 
Closing date: 12 March 2014
For more information: Visit the Road Safety Trust website, see the 2014-15 Guidelines for Applicants, or call (02) 6207 7151
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Churchill Trust
Funding of up to $20 000 is available for individuals to travel overseas and pursue their passion, learn more and bring back some great ideas to share.
People working in the arts, health, cultural institutions, trades, education, music, emergency services, justice, community development are encouraged to apply.
Closing date: 19 February 2014
For more information: Visit the Churchill Trust website, see the Application Form

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Youth, Mental Health and Allied Sectors

Child, Youth and Family Services Program (CYFSP) Induction Bus Tour
Youth Coalition of ACT
The CYFSP Induction Bus Tour will visit services within the CYFSP Service Delivery Framework. The aim of the bus tour is to increase frontline workers and program managers knowledge about and understanding of the service system provided under the CYFSP, in order to improve their capacity to better support children, young people, and their families. There will 2 bus tours operating (a Northside Tour and a Southside Tour) with each tour visiting different services, but as both cover all aspects of the CYFSP it is envisaged that workers will only need to attend one tour.
Date: Northside Tour, 19 March 2014; Southside Tour, 26 February 2014, 14 May 2014
Cost: Participants employed under the Child, Youth and Family Services
Program, Free; Participants from agencies who are members of the Youth Coalition or Families ACT, $150; Participants from non-member, non-government organizations, $165; Government workers, $180
For more information or to register: Email, or call (02) 6247 3540
Terms of Reference for the Review Mental Health Services and Programmes
Australian Government
The Minister for Health Peter Dutton has announced the Terms of Reference for the review of mental health services and programmes.
For more information: See the Media Release
Mental Health Community Coalition ACT Conference: Call for abstracts
Mental Health Community Coalition ACT Inc. (MHCC ACT)
The purpose of the conference is to raise sector awareness and understanding of imminent changes in ACT community mental health service delivery and provide practical tools to prepare for these changes.
The conference is entitled “Changing the Services Landscape: Choice, Control and Possibilities for Consumers, Carers and Service providers” and will tackle themes around recovery, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Partners in Recovery, the importance of Peer Work, Sector Leadership and Collaboration, E-Health and much more.
Abstract submissions must be received by 28 February 2014
Date: 4-5 June 2014
Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra, Canberra
For more information: Visit the MHCC ACT website, email, or call (02) 6249 7801
Advocacy and Representation Training (ART)
ACT Mental Health Consumer Network (ACTMHCN)
The ART program is delivered a few times throughout the year, the training offered is free and all participants graduate with a certificate of participation. The ART program includes a Self-Advocacy course (five sessions) and a Consumer Representation course (five sessions).
Registrations are now open for the Self Advocacy and Consumer Representation Courses.
Date: 6 February – 7 March, every Thursday and Friday
Time: 11am – 1pm
Venue: Griffin Centre, 20 Genge St, Canberra City
For more information or to register: Visit the ACTMHCN website, email, or call (02) 6230 5796
‘Take 1 Step’ for better mental health knowledge and network session
Beyond blue, Medicare Local ACT (ACTML)
This session will include an overview of beyondblue programs, resources, campaigns and services to support local communities, as well as information on community activities occurring in the ACT as part of beyondblue’s National Roadshow.
After the session, there is the opportunity to network with local health service providers, beyondblue and ACT Medicare Local. The session will also provide an update on the full range of mental health programs available through ACT Medicare Local.
Date: 12 February 2014
Time: 5:45pm – 7:15pm
Venue: ACT Medicare Local office (Gungaderra Room), 2/1 Geils Court, Deakin
RSVP: by Friday 7 February 2014
For more information: Visit the ACTML website, or see the flyer
The Rainbow February 2014 Activities Calendar
The Rainbow
The February 2014 Calendar with all activities offered by The Rainbow is now available.
For more information: See the Calendar
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Consumer Participation

News from the Drug War Front Radio Show
Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy
News from the Drug War Front, is Australia’s only radio show that is produced by drug users for drug users. News from the Drug War Front is a weekly one-hour radio show that is scripted and presented by clients and staff from CAHMA and The Connection, Canberra’s drug user organisations. The show is broadcast on ACT community radio 2XX 98.3FM on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:00PM and covers stories and issues of interest to illicit drug users and people who work in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector. News from the Drug War Front is also streamed live through the radio station website.
For more information: See the News from the Drug War Front facebook page
Survey regarding the development of a web-based program related to cannabis use
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC)
Dr Sally Rooke is seeking to develop a web-based program that assists people who would like to quit/reduce their cannabis use, and who also find that using cannabis is interfering with their work or preventing them from getting or keeping work. The website would contain a cannabis treatment program as well as several modules that help cannabis users in the context of employment. 
Before they develop the program, they would like to get opinions from people who use cannabis at least once a week about how helpful this website might be and what kind of features they would like to see included. 
To fill the survey click here
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Employment and Volunteering Opportunities

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

General Practitioner – Part time/sessional
The Althea Wellness Centre General Practitioner will provide excellence in clinical care and provide support to people with alcohol and other drug issues as an integrated response with the range of other services available at Directions. The General Practitioner will work closely with members of the clinical and allied health team to provide holistic health care in a primary care setting. The GP clinic is designed primarily for people who do not have a regular doctor.
No closing date.
For more information:
See the position statement, or contact Wendy Armstrong by phone 0437 186 522 or email

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Support Worker – Casual/Part time/Full time
The AOD Support Worker will work across all Directions programs including the Needle Syringe Program (NSP), Arcadia House, Groups and Reception as required.
No closing date.
For more information: See the position statement, or call (02) 6122 8000

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ACT Media

Alcohol-related news

Hospital emergency units tell how alcohol-related cases disrupt treatment of others
Canberra Times, 19 December 2013
Emergency patients are having treatment disrupted and delayed because hospitals are overwhelmed by alcohol-fuelled incidents, doctors have warned.
For more information: See the article 
John Papalii drank two cases of beer before alleged robberies, court is told
Canberra Times, 19 December 2013
John Papalii drank two cases of beer in the 24-hour period during which he allegedly robbed and attempted to rob two Canberra supermarkets last week, a court has heard.
For more information: See the article 
Christmas road toll: ACT, NSW police joint operations target bad drivers
Canberra Times, 21 December 2013
ACT Police and officers from NSW Monaro Local Area will initiate Operation Crossroads from Monday until midnight on January 3, cracking down on drug and alcohol affected drivers, speeding and distracted driving.
For more information: See the article 

More men caught driving under influence in ACT 
Canberra Times, 22 December 2013
Four times more men are being arrested for drink-driving on Canberra roads than women, according to new statistics from the ACT sentencing database.
For more information: See the article
Alcohol giants pour into social media’s digital drinking spaces
The Conversation, 24 December 2013           
Christine Griffin, Professor (Social Psychology), Deakin University
“Booze pages” on Facebook that have as many as 10m “likes” have been blamed for promoting excessive drinking through giveaways and posts that suggest things like drinking early in the morning.
For more information: See the article 
We drink in the town and country, but who drinks more?
The Conversation, 26 December 2013
Anthony Shakeshaft, Director, NDARC, UNSW
Peter Miller, Principal Research Fellow, Deakin University
The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey shows that about 26% of people living in remote or very remote communities drink at risky levels on single occasions (five or more standard drinks at least once a week), compared to 15% of city-dwellers.
For more information: See the article 
Police shocked by drivers putting children at risk
Canberra Times, 27 December 2013
Police say they are shocked and frustrated after catching two drivers recklessly putting the lives of young children at risk before Christmas.
For more information: See the article 
Woman ‘assaulted’ police in Civic
Canberra Times, 28 December 2013
A 30-year-old Gordon woman was arrested on Saturday morning after she allegedly assaulted a police officer in Civic.
For more information: See the article 
ACT Police warn New Year’s revellers
Canberra Times, 30 December 2013
Police have warned they will be out in force for New Year's Eve celebrations in Civic, setting their sights on underage drinkers, anti-social behaviour, and drink driving.
For more information: See the article 
Drink-driving: Police road blitz on in earnest
Canberra Times, 31 December 2013
These are some of the ACT's drunkest drivers, the worst of which would struggle even to walk down a street, let alone control a car.
For more information: See the article 
Clean-up crews ready to tackle New Year’s Eve aftermath
Canberra Times, 31 December 2013
The all-nighters were only just turfed out of the clubs and be stepping out into the detritus of New Year's Eve, when the cleaning crews took over.
For more information: See the article 
New Year celebrations: Under-aged drinking up, but police pleased with behaviour
Canberra Times, 1 January 2014
Canberra’s central business district could help spice up New Year’s celebrations in Civic again next year after a relatively well-behaved crowd of 45,000 welcomed 2014 with fireworks, a free concert and a danceparty.
For more information: See the article 
Canberra fireworks farewell centenary, usher in 2014
ABC News, 1 January 2014
ACT police have described Canberra's New Years Eve as a challenging night but say overall revellers were well behaved.
For more information: See the article 
Braddon hit-and-run driver sentenced to periodic detention
ABC News, 8 January 2014
A man who pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run which injured two teenagers in Canberra last year has been sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court to periodic detention.
For more information: See the article 
Woolworths claims liquor ads help to protect children
Canberra Times, 11 January 2014
A claim cited by Woolworths that exposing children to alcohol advertising helps protect them from ''the seductive powers of capitalism'' smacks of desperation, one of Australia's top public health experts says.
For more information: See the article 
Lifting alcohol prices won’ stop binges: experts
Canberra Times, 13 January 2014
Higher prices for alcohol will do little to curb high-intensity drinking because binge drinkers commonly drink little or nothing on some days so they can binge on the weekend, leading public health experts warn.
For more information: See the article 
Extreme skolling: warning of fatal consequences as Neknominate craze takes social media by storm
Canberra Times, 14 January 2014
A new social media craze in which people are encouraged to film themselves skolling alcoholic drinks, including whole bottles of spirits, could have potentially fatal consequences for anyone participating in the game, according to a leading alcohol and drug researcher.
For more information: See the article 
Australia Day: the national day to get drunk and nasty
Canberra Times, 24 January 2014
Doctors say they are fed up with Australia's ''national sport'' of excessive drinking and it is time to draw a line in the sand on alcohol-related harm.
For more information: See the article 
The dry argument: Are alcohol abstinence challenges worth the slog?
Canberra Times, 25 January 2014
Just as the festive season is associated with over-indulging, for some, the months that follow are all about abstinence, whether it's Dry January or FebFast, thousands of Australians are taking part. But can giving up booze for just one month really make a long-term difference to our health, wellbeing and relationship with alcohol?
For more information: See the article 
Diet drinks may lead to higher breathalyser reading, studies suggest
Canberra Times, 27 January 2014
Australian research teams studying the metabolism of soft drinks have found mixing artificially sweetened beverages with alcohol results in higher breathalyser readings that could land drivers in court.
For more information: See the article 
Binge drinkers continue practice in pregnancy, study finds
Canberra Times, 28 January 2014
More than half of women who binge drink continue to do so during pregnancy, an Australian study has found, with fewer than one in five following guidelines to abstain from alcohol.
For more information: See the article 
Civic by Night 
ABC News, 31 January 2014
A night on the town can be a rite of passage - or something more dangerous when alcohol is abused.
For more information: See the video 
Fatal car crash in McKellar
Canberra Times, 1 February 2014
Preliminary indications are that alcohol was a factor and ACT Policing crash investigators will also examine the role speed and fatigue may have played.
For more information: See the article 
Ian Thorpe admitted to rehabilitation clinic 
Canberra Times, 3 February 2014
Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic as he battles with depression.
For more information: See the article 
Cop sacked over capsicum spray incident loses appeal
Canberra Times, 3 February 2014
A Canberra police officer sacked for using capsicum spray on a drunk man outside a Manuka nightclub has lost a fight against his dismissal.
For more information: See the article 
Sacked AFP officer loses bid to get job back after capsicum spray incident
ABC News, 3 February 2014
A Canberra police officer has lost his Federal Court bid to be reinstated after he was accused of misusing capsicum spray.
For more information: See the article 

Drug-related news
Drugs allegedly posted to Chinese tourist in Canberra
Canberra Times, 18 December 2013 
A Chinese tourist accused of collecting drugs posted from Hong Kong has paid $50,000 to be released on bail.
For more information: See the article 
Man charged over mail-order drugs  
City, 19 December 2013 
A 24-year-old Franklin man was scheduled to face court today on drug importation charges following a three-week investigation into anamphetamine shipment from overseas.
For more information: See the article 
Woman handed suspended sentence for aiding robbery which led to murder
ABC News, 19 December 2013 
A woman who helped organise a robbery which led to a 2010 murder, has broken down as she received a two year suspended sentence in the ACT Supreme Court.
For more information: See the article 
Drugs allegedly imported to series of Canberra post office boxes
Canberra Times, 24 December 2013 
A Canberra man accused of using a series of local post office boxes to import cocaine into Australia will spend Christmas behind bars.
For more information: See the article 
Ecstasy use on the rise in new powdered form called molly
Canberra Times, 29 December 2013 
A powerful, powdered form of ecstasy is gaining prominence in Australia as a dramatic rise in police seizures shows the party drug is coming back into fashion.
For more information: See the article 
Amphetamines worth $56,000 seized in Goulburn
Canberra Times, 30 December 2013 
Police have allegedly found more than $50,000 worth of amphetamines hidden in a car, during a traffic stop in Goulburn.
For more information: See the article 
Suspicious death in Phillip: police remain at the scene
Canberra Times, 2 January 2014 
Neighbours say the victim of an apparent murder in Phillip was a cannabis dealer, with one telling of hearing terrified screams as the 71-year-old man's body was discovered on New Year's Day.
For more information: See the article 
Addict accused of smashing up southside methadone clinic
Canberra Times, 3 January 2014 
A Waramanga woman accused of smashing up a southside methadone clinic after it refused to give her takeaway medication has appeared in court for breaching her bail conditions.
For more information: See the article 
Stolen car, drugs, knives seized
Canberra Times, 3 January 2014 
Police seized knives, ammunition, a stolen car and a quantity of suspected drugs from a property in Evatt. 
For more information: See the article 
More details emerge on man killed in Phillip
Canberra Times, 3 January 2014 
The man found dead in an apparent murder in a Phillip apartment complex was named Miodrag Gajic, and neighbours suspect his unit had been targeted twice in recent years.
For more information: See the article 
Suspicious death in Phillip may be linked to drugs: neighbours
ABC News, 3 January 2014 
Neighbours of an apparent murder victim in Canberra's south say the man was a well known drug dealer.
For more information: See the article 
Steroid use soars among young men
Canberra Times, 10 January 2014 
Steroids have become the drug of choice for people who start injecting illicit substances, eclipsing methamphetamines and heroin in popularity among young men.
For more information: See the article
Man linked to killing taken off the streets
Canberra Times, 11 January 2014 
A man linked to the killing of a Phillip cannabis dealer on New Year's Day has been taken off the streets.
For more information: See the article 
Young man’s death highlights the tragic reality of online illegal drug stores
Canberra Times, 13 January 2014 
Daniel, an ambitious engineering student at the University of Sydney, hid a shocking secret that only emerged after his sudden death on November 9. With his parents overseas, Daniel died alone about 5.30pm on a Saturday while preparing to head to a friend's house. He was found lying in his parents' bed in their Collaroy home, wearing boxers and a T-shirt, with cocaine residue on his desk.
For more information: See the article 
Canberra man charged with importing drugs through PO boxes, false identities
ABC News, 14 January 2014 
A Canberra man has faced court on charges of importing a large quantity of drugs through Australia Post.
For more information: See the article 
More charges of importing drugs through Canberra post office boxes
Canberra Times, 14 January 2014 
A man accused of importing drugs through a series of post office boxes has been charged with eighteen new trafficking offences.
For more information: See the article 
Sativex eases cannabis withdrawal symptoms
The Conversation, 17 January 2014 
The drug Sativex (nabiximols) has been show to relieve symptoms of withdrawal in cannabis users.
For more information: See the article 
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death in line with heroin use trends
Canberra Times, 3 February 2014 
Heroin users do not simply "grow out" of their drug addiction, experts say, with more people like US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman using the drug in their 40s and 50s - and dying from overdose.
For more information: See the article 
Drug trafficker appeals to High Court over NT property seizure law
ABC News, 4 February 2014 
The High Court in Canberra will today be asked to uphold a Northern Territory law aimed at confiscating property from repeat drug traffickers.
For more information: See the article 

Tobacco-related news 

No compo for ex-soldier who smoked to ‘fit in with fellow troops’
Canberra Times, 31 December 2013
A former Australian soldier who claimed he developed lung disease after taking up smoking in the Army to ''fit in'' with fellow troops has lost a bid for workers' compensation.
For more information: See the article 
Health Check: how harmful is social smoking?
The Conversation, 6 January 2014
Ian Olver, Clinical Professor of Oncology, Cancer Council Australia
'If you only light up when you’re drinking or out with friends, you probably don’t identify as a smoker or consider the health impact of the occasional fag. Social smokers don’t usually smoke every day but consume a low level of tobacco over a long period.'
For more information: See the article 
Smoking on the increase as population rises 
Canberra Times, 9 January 2014
A surging population has driven up the number of smokers worldwide, with 35 per cent more people lighting up today than in 1980, a US study has found.
For more information: See the article 
New curriculum reviewer was an education consultant to tobacco giant Phillip Morris
Canberra Times, 12 January 2014
The education guru tasked with reforming Australia's national curriculum by the federal government was previously employed by tobacco firm Phillip Morris to design a school program teaching children about peer pressure and decision making that did not discuss the health dangers of smoking.
For more information: See the article 
Calls to Quitline soar after plain packaging laws
Canberra Times, 14 January 2014
Australia's world-leading introduction of plain cigarette packaging appears to have triggered a significant spike in callers to Quitline.
For more information: See the article 
Bushfire smoke harms the lungs like cigarette smoke
The Conversation, 17 January 2014
Elizabeth Cassidy, Editor, The Conversation
Bushfire smoke can damage the lungs in a similar way to smoking-related emphysema, according to a study from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.
For more information: See the article
Beyond statistics: the hidden face of smoking-related cancer
The Conversation, 20 January 2014
Simon Chapman, Professor (Public Health), University of Sydney
‘(…) but statistics on tobacco deaths have become banal for many. People rationalise that life’s a jungle of risks, that feeling fine or seeing longevity in a smoking relative means that they are bullet-proof, and cling to self-exempting beliefs like air pollution causes most lung cancer or that putting on some weight if they quit is more dangerous than smoking.’
For more information: See the article 

Other news 

Coalition must pre-commit to addressing problem gambling
The Conversation, 20 December 2013
Shane Thomas, Professor and Director of the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre, Monash University
Colette Browning, Professor of Healthy Ageing, Monash University
The future of Australia’s pokies pre-commitment scheme – which enables players to set a limit on how much they’re prepared to lose – is in doubt, with Labor likely to support the Coalition’s move to repeal key elements of the former government’s pokies reforms.
For more information: See the article 
Disability pension crackdown draws criticism from welfare advocates
Canberra Times, 23 December 2013
Disability and welfare advocates have questioned the Abbott government's plans to tighten up the disability support pension, arguing the Coalition is pulling the ''wrong levers'' to get more people off the pension and into jobs.
For more information: See the article

Extend fee to emergency departments too, author of co-payment scheme Terry Barnes says
Canberra Times, 30 December 2013
The author of the plan to charge people $6 for visiting a GP says hospitals may have to charge a similar fee to stop patients from clogging up emergency departments.
For more information: See the article            
Canberra prison guards on alert for cuts to services
Canberra Times, 30 December 2013
Plans to glean savings from the ACT's prison services have raised fears over potential implications for the pay and working conditions of guards, the security of the facility and the future of services for offenders.
For more information: See the article 
FOI documents reveal attempt to scale perimeter fence a Canberra’s jail
ABC News, 8 January 2014
Corrections staff at Canberra's jail have foiled an attempt by a prisoner to scale a perimeter fence.
For more information: See the article 
Fewer GPs as ACT bucks national trend
Canberra Times, 22 January 2014
The number of doctors in the ACT is falling as Canberra continues to report the lowest rate of bulk-billing in the country.
For more information: See the article 
Is the ACT sending too many criminals to jail?
Canberra Times, 23 January 2014
The government is confident the courts are sentencing criminals in the ACT appropriately, following warnings from the legal fraternity that too many are sent to prison.
For more information: See the article 
Indigenous health programs require more than just good ideas
The Conversation, 28 January 2014
Janya McCalman, Senior Research Officer, James Cook University
Despite efforts to close the gap, Indigenous Australians continue to suffer two-and-a-half times the burden of disease than the total Australian population, with most of the health gap caused by preventable chronic diseases.
For more information: See the article 
Former inmates in bid for compo
Canberra Times, 30 January 2014
The government has faced 13 separate lawsuits launched by Canberrans who allege they were wrongfully imprisoned due to mistakes made by the ACT's justice system.
For more information: See the article 
Canberra prisoner costs highest in the country at $465 per inmate per day 
ABC News, 30 January 2014
A new report shows Canberra's prisoner costs remain the highest in the country.
For more information: See the article 
ACT child protection investigations cost less but take longer
Canberra Times, 31 January 2014
The ACT Government is taking longer to investigate child abuse claims than most other states.
For more information: See the article 
Magistrate frustrated by failure to provide records of accused
Canberra Times, 2 February 2014
Magistrate Peter Dingwall has warned there would be a tragedy if magistrates were continually forced to make decisions about bail applications without access to the criminal histories of those appearing before them.
For more information: See the article 

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The Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) is the peak body representing the non-government and government alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) sector in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). ATODA seeks to promote health through the prevention and reduction of the harms associated with ATOD. 

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