YSAS: A ten point plan for improving the lives of Victorian young people and families experiencing AOD-related harm

The Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) in Victoria along with the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and Youth Drugs and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) released a ten-point plan for youth AOD treatment in Victoria.

While the report focuses on Victoria, the research put into the document and the ten point plan express the need for youth-specific treatment for young people 21 years and under. The report also stresses young people receiving treatment using adult models is unsafe.

To read the entire plan and report, please follow the link below:

Youth Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment in Victoria: A ten point plan for improving the lives of Victorian young people and families experiencing AOD-related harm

Rhythm2Recovery Darwin 20th & 21st September

Please see information below from Rhythm2Recovery

Professional Development for Alcohol Drug & Abuse Counsellors, Psychologist, Clinical Nurses, Social Workers, OT, Mental Health Workers, Community Support Coordinators, Educators, Counsellors, Therapists.

DARWIN 20th & 21st September

Good Afternoon,

We are visiting your region in Darwin on the 20th & 21st September to deliver a workshop on a model for engaging young people and adults with rhythmic music and reflective discussions to further social and emotional development, and assist with managing adversity.

This work is used by a wide range of drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation services and a specific program  (12 sessions) has been developed to support people facing challenges due to drug and alcohol misuse. With a significant evidence base behind it, including its alignment to trauma informed practice and the increasing evidence on how rhythmic music can mediate the human stress response, this work is ever more timely.

It is fun, practical, and engaging and allows people who may be reluctant to engage in traditional ’talk based’ therapies to explore a wide range of life-skill and relationships issues in a safe context.

This model has been highly successful in engaging Australian Aboriginal people and others from cultural minorities who are difficult to engage.

Select Committee on a Northern Territory Harm Reduction Strategy for Addictive Behaviours Public Forum

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Select Committee on a Northern Territory Harm Reduction Strategy for Addictive Behaviours Public Forum

The Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory has set up a Select Committee to look at the harmful impacts of addictive or problematic use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs and gambling.
The Committee invites interested people and organisations to share their experiences, views and ideas on how to prevent or reduce the harms to individuals, their families and the broader community.

The Committee is holding the Public Forum to gain a broader understanding of:

• The types of support that are available to individuals and/or their families who want to address addictive behaviour or substance misuse;
• The barriers and challenges that people face in accessing support for themselves or a family member;
• Treatment approaches that have been successful;
• Reasons why people do not complete their treatment programme – and how to overcome them; and
• How to improve the availability and delivery of treatment programmes.

The members of the Committee are Mr Jeff Collins MLA (Chair), Mr Paul Kirby MLA, Ms Sandra Nelson MLA, Hon Kezia Purick MLA and Mr Gary Higgins MLA.

When: Thursday 27 September 2018 5.00pm to 6.30pm,
Where: Litchfield Room, Level 3, Parliament House
Contact: Jennifer Buckley, Committee Secretary
Tel: 8946 1501 or Email: RAB@nt.gov.au

Further information about this inquiry can be found at: https://parliament.nt.gov.au/committees/RAB

Community Benefit Fund Grant Programs

Licensing NT will be holding information sessions on the Community Benefit Fund Grant Programs across the Northern Territory to explain about the changes and what grants are available. Please see below for more information at where and when sessions will be held (Darwin and surrounding areas, date/time yet to be confirmed).

Katherine – 10 September 2018
Knotts Crossing Resorts – 1pm & 6pm

Nhulunbuy – 13 September 2018
Walkabout lodge – 12pm & 6pm

Alice Springs – 18 September 2018
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs – 12pm & 6pm

Tennant Creek – 19 September 2018
Bluestone Motor Inn – 6pm

Although registrations for these sessions is not essential, you can notify your interest attending, or seek further information by contacting the Community Benefit Fund Secretariat on 1300 650 153 or email cbf.ntg@nt.gov.au

Liquor Commission to hold review into Alice Springs region takeaway licence conditions

Please see information below from the Alcohol Review Implementation Team:

Submissions are invited from liquor licence holders and community stakeholders in Alice Springs and surrounds on proposed changes to licence conditions regulating takeaway alcohol sales.
Submissions close 28 September 2018.

To read the media release in full follow this link.

Earlier this year the independent Northern Territory Liquor Commission noted that it had received community representations to hold an inquiry in Alice Springs.

On 1 September 2018 the Commission initiated an inquiry into the licence conditions regulating the supply of takeaway liquor in Alice Springs and the surrounding district.

Licensees as well as community organisations, stakeholders, support groups and members of the public are encouraged to make submissions on the conditions that should apply to takeaway alcohol sales in Alice Springs and the surrounding areas.

Once the consultation period has ended and submissions have been considered, the Commission will determine if any variations of conditions are proposed, and issue any necessary notices to affected licensees, with reasons.

Submissions should be lodged via email at liquor.commission@nt.gov.au or via post to GPO Box 1154, Darwin, NT, 0801, no later than 4 pm on 28 September 2018.

Unless submissions are marked “Confidential”, the Commission reserves the right to post them on its website so that all interested parties can read them at: https://justice.nt.gov.au/regulatory-services/licensing-boards,-committees-and-advisory-councils/liquor-commission