Upcoming NT Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Conferences 2018

Please see three upcoming Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Conferences in Darwin and Eastern Arnhem Land:

The Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Conference The agenda highlights the most pressing issues relating to indigenous family violence.

Link – http://ifv.aventedge.com/Home.aspx#Venue


16 – 17 May at the Double Tree Hilton in Darwin
The Aboriginal Family Violence Policing Conference This conference offers a unique opportunity to engage with Aboriginal Elders, hear from leaders in the anti-violence space and embrace the outback setting in an extraordinary three-day learning symposium.

Link – http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/afvp_conference_infopack.pdf


20 – 22 June at Yirrkala, in Eastern Arnhem Land.


Sharing and Strengthening Our Practice The inaugural Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence conference is a  priority under the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Framework 2018 – 2028: Safe, Respected and Free from Violence.  The conference is an opportunity for front line workers and practitioners from across the NT to share knowledge and advice on good practice and innovative approaches to responding to domestic, family and sexual violence. 26 – 27 November


For more information on the Sharing and Strengthening Our Practice Conference 26-27 November in Darwin, please contact Julie Ngahere Julie.Ngahere@nt.gov.au 08 8985 8162

Youth Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Networking Meeting, Darwin April 27

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) will be holding Youth AOD networking meetings to promote youth AOD service in the Top End. AADANT will coordinate these meetings to identify, promote, and lobby for youth-specific drug and alcohol services.

Please see the agenda below for the first meeting in Darwin, Friday 27th April. Contact Katie (project@aadant.org.au, 0429 009 599) if you would like to attend and be added to the Youth AOD Networking Meeting mailing list.

Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Meeting
Friday, 27 April 2018, 1-2pm
First Floor, Paspalis Centrepoint, 48-50 Smith Street, Darwin NT
          To link in via teleconference:
Phone:  1800 238 182          Access Code:  41737

  1. Welcome

  2. Attendee’s and agency introduction.  Does your agency have AOD or Youth services?
  3. Project overview and why AADANT wants to undertake this work
  4. What are the main outcomes members want to get from this meeting (what would be useful)?
  5. What activities need to occur to get input into this meeting and obtaining information that is useful for his group?
  6. Please nominate any organisation / workers and young people you feel may want to attend.
  7. Next meeting date

Katherine Receives Annual Funding For After-Hours Youth Service

Please see below media release from Sandra Nelson, Member for Katherine:

Member for Katherine Sandra Nelson announced Sunday that Katherine will receive $400,000 in annual funding towards youth services.

The new funding is part of the recently announced $12.9 million (over four years) allocated to early intervention programs for young people and after-hours youth services across the Territory. This forms part of the Implementation Plan for the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT. 

“We are investing in generational change with long term, fully funded plans to create a brighter future for Territorians,” Ms Nelson said.

“This funding is one that I have lobbied passionately for. Katherine lacks after hours services and activities for youth and this funding will go towards a program which will include after-hours youth services that offer young people safe places to go, activities to participate in and links to the support they need including appropriate referral pathways.

“There will also be school holiday programs offering day and evening activities open to all young people, but with a focus on connecting with our young people who are vulnerable and need extra support services.

“To help deliver these programs there will be three additional Regional Youth Programs Coordinators established across the Territory, with one based in Katherine.

“This is a significant investment into prevention and early intervention.”

NTG releases plan to deliver the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT

The Northern Territory Government released their plan to deliver the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT Friday.

Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families can be viewed in full here

The report includes a chart breaking down the $229.6 million investment over five years into generational change which lists;

  • $18.2 million per year for strengthening youth diversion and bail support
  • $1.75 million per year for after-hours services for young people in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek
  • $40 million over four years for early intervention and support for school students with challenging behaviours, disabilities, and mental illness.
  • $15.5 million per year to provide specialised services to tackle drug and alcohol misuse and dependence
  • $25.8 million in 2018-19 for domestic, family and sexual violence reduction
  • $1.43 billion in 20185-19 for health services including prevention and treatment

For the entire report and break down of allocation of funds, please refer to the document here.

AIHW: Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2016–17 key findings

On Friday the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2016–17: key findings. With the release of this information, a number of data visualisations were published and can be separated by state or territory. To access the entire report, please click here.

In 2016-17, 69.8 per cent of alcohol and other drug (AOD) clients in the Northern Territory were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A total of 66.9 per cent of all clients receiving AOD treatment are male, while 18 per cent of those receiving treatment are between the ages of 10-19.

In the Northern Territory, there were a total of 5,382 AOD treatment episodes. Of those 5,382, 32.1 per cent received assessment only, 25 per cent attended rehabilitation, and 25.3 per cent attending counselling. A total of 4.4 per cent received withdrawal management, 2.9 per cent received support and case management, 3.3 per cent received other treatment including pharmacotherapy, and 7 per cent were given information and education.

Cannabis (48 per cent) was the common principal drug of concern for non-residential rehabilitation facilities, while alcohol (47.8 per cent), and amphetamines (48.8 per cent) were the most common principal drug of concern for residential rehabilitation facilities. Outreach settings reported Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA, 47.3 per cent) was the principal drug of concern.

To view all data visualisations, please click here.