Ice Update : Aboriginal community is revitalised and empowered by “Dob in A Dealer”

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November 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN from the AM Program Reports : Aboriginal and community leaders in the New South Wales town of Wellington say the arrest yesterday of two suspected ice dealers is proof the community is fighting back against the scourge of the drug.

Wellington embraced the “Dob in a Dealer” program in the face of widespread crystal methamphetamine use and negative publicity about the town.

While the program is having a demonstrable effect on drug dealing in the town, community leaders says it’s also revitalised and empowered the community.

David Mark reports from Wellington.

DAVID MARK: Walking down a street in Wellington, the thing Zeke Shaw notices is just how quiet it is.

ZEKE SHAW: Any other given Tuesday before we, you know, we implemented the program you’d see a wealth of activity.

Someone on the corner perhaps and shouting out. And then I guess another person. And next minute you’d have this really irate dialogue happening.

DAVID MARK: The Aboriginal community liaison officer with the New South Wales Police at Wellington is talking about the drug ice, which was having a devastating effect on the town in the Central West of New South Wales.

Aboriginal elder, Janet Henman:

JANET HENMAN: Well, you’ve just got to look around and see the mothers, the fathers, you know, and the people, they just look terrible.

DAVID MARK: But Wellington’s changed dramatically in just three months.

The community is fighting back against the drug dealers in town.

JANET HENMAN: We knew who they are and you never used to be able to say something, you know. But people are sick of it and they are coming out and dobbing in a dealer.

DAVID MARK: That’s what they call the program.

Sick of the drug, sick of the effect it was having on families, sick of the nickname Little Antarctica because of the amount of ice in town, the community decided to take a stand.

Alison Conn is the manager of Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services.

Along with Zeke Shaw, Aboriginal leaders and the local police, she’s one of the driving forces behind the Dob in a Dealer program.

ALISON CONN: Dobbing in has been traditionally a really bad thing in our community. But these people are hurting our families, they’re hurting our people.

ZEKE SHAW: Which then has a spiral effect…

DAVID MARK: Zeke Shaw.

ZEKE SHAW: …of negative connotations such as, you know, your children aren’t being looked after properly, you know.

And then food – just the basic things like food, electricity and water – all of those things are being challenged because, you know, drugs and alcohol and mental health issues now take priority.

ALISON CONN: So it’s about time we stood up as a community and said stop hurting my family.

DAVID MARK: Dob in a dealer is simply a campaign encouraging people to call the police and to report what they know about drug dealing and other crimes.

ALISON CONN: We’re now seeing 45 active cases with the police as a result of the Dob in a Dealer campaign directly.

There’s already been four people prosecuted on drug supply and one person on firearms already as a result of this campaign.

DAVID MARK: Just yesterday police searched two houses in Wellington and found ice in both.

They arrested one women on drug charges, while another has been summonsed to face court.

ZEKE SHAW: People are saying, hang on for a minute, there’s not so many movements now, there’s not so many cars up in that street, or no-one’s knocking on those doors in the wee hours of the morning.

So people are actually giving us that feedback.

DAVID MARK: And what does that mean?

ZEKE SHAW: Well it means hope. It’s revitalised the community.

They’re now saying hang on for a minute, we have an opportunity to express our voices and it is being heard.

ALISON CONN: We run a youth service here and when kids come in and say, hey, where can I get my drugs, can’t get any, that’s a great outcome for us.

DAVID MARK: Alison Conn and Zeke Shaw say there’s a wider lesson here for the Australian community.

ALISON CONN: It has to be community driven. Governments can’t stand up there and say this is what you should be doing. The community needs to come from the bottom up and say this is what we want to do.

And when the community does that and we support that as a community, then that’s where the changes happen.

ZEKE SHAW: It’s actually generating a huge big spark in a positive direction of the way people are thinking in this community.

They no longer have to now sit back and say, oh hang on for a minute, we need to be dictated to by government.

No, no, no, no. We’re happy to share that journey with government.

DAVID MARK: Dobbing in the dealers is just the start.


Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention – Katherine Training

Knotts Crossing Resort
Cnr Giles & Cameron St
Katherine, NT 0850

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention 2 hr Seminar – Katherine NT

Friday, 12 February 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ACST)

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention 4hr Workshop – Katherine NT

Saturday, 13 February 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (ACST)

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Informed by the latest research in suicide prevention, Wesley LifeForce training equips participants with a variety of skills such as managing suicidal crisis, understanding risk and protective factors, as well as how to recognise potential warning signs. We offer both full-day workshops and half-day seminars. Our programs are aimed at training individuals from all walks of life, as well as organisational groups.

The training

Wesley LifeForce has developed quality suicide prevention training. Our Suicide Prevention Workshop is designed to teach people how to identify the signs that someone may be at risk of suicide and appropriate action to take. Simple effective interventions can make a real difference and save lives. All Wesley LifeForce facilitators are accredited trainers and have completed suicide intervention training. Many are also accredited counsellors.

Community information resources

When faced with a crisis, individuals often do not know how to access appropriate assistance.  With this in mind, Wesley LifeForce has developed ‘community information cards’ and ‘community information posters’. Every workshop participant receives a community information card which includes national 24-hour crisis numbers and information about local community services/resources.

Ensuring participant safety

All workshop material is specifically designed with participant’s safety in mind. Our course material is vetted by MindFrame – an Australian Government body which provides expert advice to the Suicide Prevention Sector on responsible reporting/portrayal of the issue of suicide.

The outcomes

  • understand risk and protective factors
  • how to identify the warning signs that someone may be at risk of suicide
  • how to ask directly about suicide intent.
  • understand what local and national support and resources are available to support a person at risk.

Have questions about [WL-3159] Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention 2 hr Seminar – Katherine NT? Contact Wesley LifeForce

Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Review; Public Information Sheet

WHAT ARE WE DOING? The Department of Health is evaluating the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) Service to assess the health benefits to clients and their recovery from problem drinking.

The evaluation will also:

• measure how the aims of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act have been met

• measure the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the AMT Service

• inform future enhancements to the service.

AMT Evaluation – public fact sheet final

Alcohol consumption on the decline in Alice Springs

Adam Giles, Member for Braitling Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

Peter Styles, Member for Sanderson Minister for Racing Gaming and Licensing

Alcohol consumption on the decline in Alice Springs

6 November 2015

Statistics out of the latest Northern Territory Wholesale Alcohol Supply report show alcohol consumption decreased by 10 per cent in Alice Springs in the 2014 calendar year.

The report refers to the wholesale supply of pure alcohol content over the last five years and shows a reduction across a number of Northern Territory regions between 2013 and 2014.

Chief Minister and Member for Braitling Adam Giles said the figures further reinforced that initiatives the Country Liberals Government has put in place to combat alcohol issues are working.

“The report shows the supply of wine decreased by 7 per cent in Alice Springs during 2014, with cask wine dramatically down by 77 per cent and both spirits and beer decreased 12 per cent,” Mr Giles said.

“Point of Sale Interventions or POSIs (formerly Temporary Beat Locations) were implemented by the Northern Territory Police in February 2014 in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek followed about a month later in March.

“The substantial 10 per cent overall supply decrease in Alice Springs and the 22 per cent drop recorded in Tennant Creek demonstrate just how effective the POSIs are.

“Significantly, along with the positive consumption figures, crime statistics for the same time period show assaults with alcohol involved declined by 32 per cent in Alice Springs and 60 per cent in Tennant creek.”

According to the Wholesale Alcohol Supply report the estimated per capita consumption of alcohol in the Northern Territory decreased to 12.21 litres per person in 2014 which is the lowest figure since 2007 and continues the decreasing consumption trend over the past five years.

Nhulunbuy was down by 4% compared to 2013 and Katherine showed a 1% decrease in litres of pure alcohol content consumed.

Other results show Darwin supply rose by 1% in line with its population increase and Palmerston figures stayed relatively steady.

Minister for Racing Licensing and Gaming Peter Styles said the results back up the draft Alice Springs Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) he recently released alongside Alcohol Reference Group Chair and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan.

“The AMP recommends the continuation of POSIs which are clearly making a positive impact in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in terms of reducing anti-social behaviour and crime,” he said.

“The Giles Government introduced the same model of POSIs in Katherine in December 2014 and we expect next year’s Katherine Wholesale Alcohol figures to replicate the positive outcomes achieved elsewhere.

“With the strong evidence supporting POSIs and the associated positive social outcomes, the Country Liberals Government is working to ensure this is a sustainable strategy into the future.

“This will enable Police to focus on other areas and reduce crime across the entire Northern Territory.”

In order to collate the Wholesale Alcohol Supply report registered NT alcohol wholesalers provided the Department of Business with data on the volume of alcohol supplied to licensed retailers.

The volume of each product supplied in the NT is multiplied by its estimated fraction of pure alcohol content then applied to Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates for those likely to be drinking as well as Tourism Research Australia estimates for interstate and international tourist numbers.

The report can be viewed on the Department of Business website via this link.

Media Contacts:

(Chief Minister) Scott Whitby: 0438 531 583

(Minister Styles)Rebecca Barr: 0407 284 066


Medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence: Your questions answered

NEW National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre Resource

Author: Kate Dolan and Zahra Alam Mehrjerdi

Opioids such as heroin are the third most commonly used illegal drugs in the world, after cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants. Heroin dependence can lead to serious health, social and economic consequences for users, their families and society. However, heroin or opioid dependence can be treated with medication and psychosocial support. This form of treatment is called medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence (MATOD). The most common medicines used in Australia are methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. There is a strong body of research that underpins the use of these and other medicines; however, some people are uncertain about the role of MATOD in treating heroin or opioid use and dependence.

This Information Kit includes two booklets. The first booklet answers some of the most frequently asked questions about MATOD and addresses common misunderstandings. The second booklet provides a review of evidence of MATOD.

The Australian National Council on Drugs funded the development of this Information Kit.