AADANT AOD Conference April 12-13 Darwin

On April 12-13th 2018, AADANT will be holding their Alcohol and Other Drug Conference at the Adina Apartment Hotel and Vibe Hotel, 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT, 0800

AADANT has chosen the theme of Working With Complex Clients for their 2018 conference in response to needs indicated by the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector through a survey in November 2017. There will be a focus on working with youth, research into Indigenous AOD use, and comorbidity in adults and youth.

Registration is now open! To register, please complete this form and send to admin@aadant.org.au

To see a full list of presenters and their workshops, please click here.

International Family Drug Support Day 24th Feb

International Family Drug Support Day is February 24th, 2018. Many events will be held across Australia, the USA, UK, and Asia. The day has become an annual event to highlight the need for families to not only be recognised and heard but to be supported and encouraged to speak about their concerns and their needs. A letter from Tony Trimingham, CEO of Family Drug Support is below.

The 24th of February, 2018, will be the 21st anniversary of the death of my son Damien from a heroin overdose in 1997 – the primary motivation behind our work at Family Drug Support (FDS) and the inspiration for International Family Drug Support Day.

I will be speaking at the events to be held in Sydney and Canberra alongside leading politicians, family members and other experts and parliamentarians, professionals and affected families will also be attending the events taking place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and many communities across Australia, the USA, UK and Asia.

The International Family Drug Support Day theme for 2018 ‘Support the Family – Improve the Outcome’ is based on longstanding evidence. It also reflects my own experience in seeing the positive outcomes for the person using drugs, the family and the wider community as a result of support.

The International Day is also targeting governments to ensure families are able to access the support they need and to encourage families to take that step and seek that support and also seeks to reduce the stigma and discrimination for families and drug users and promote harm reduction strategies.

Yours sincerely

Tony Trimingham, OAM
Family Drug Support
PO Box 7363
Leura  NSW  2780
p: 02 4782 9222
f:  02 4782 9555
e: admin@fds.ngo.org.au
w: www.fds.org.au

Venndale Newsletter

Venndale Rehabilitation Centre’s first newsletter focuses on a trip with BRADAAG to Kings Creek Station, introduces new group Sessions on self-esteem & life skills alongside relapse prevention groups, and explains the SEE Program with STEPS Australia.

To read the first issue, please click here.

Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Conference May 16-17, Darwin

On May 16-17th, the Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Conference will be held in Darwin for the first time. While the venue is to be decided, the conference will take place in the Darwin CBD. To register, please click here.
For a detailed description of the conference please refer to the abstract below:
Indigenous Family Violence is a national issue that requires a nationwide effort to overcome.
The 2018 Indigenous Family Violence program was researched in consultation with our Advisory Committee of respected elders and experts. The agenda highlights the most pressing issues relating to indigenous family violence. These include initiatives such as government programs, community-based solutions, indigenous youth & child services, healing and rehabilitation strategies and the role of the police and legal system, all of which have proved to be successful in overcoming the scourge that is Indigenous Family Violence.
Over the course of the 2-day conference and the 3rd workshop day, we will be focused entirely on advocating for change, and exploring ways to free Australia from this ongoing issue.
Previously Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence was held in Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne; this year the forum will be in Darwin in May. We remain committed to delivering valuable strategies & solutions that are authentic, relevant & practical. To this end, we have worked with a committee of respected elders and experts to advise on key concerns relating to family violence in Indigenous communities, & ensure the agenda emphasises these concerns as well as some cohesive initiatives that have proven to be successful in tackling the key issues.

Monthly BDR Reports Available Online

The Banned Drinker Register (BDR) returned to the Northern Territory on September 1st 2017. The Department of Health has released monthly reports up until December 2017 with sales, refused sales, total sales, gender, and referral. Of the 76 people on the BDR in December 2017, 43 were self-referred, and 33 were authorised person referred.

The chart below lists the pathway in which those have been put on the BDR. An overwhelming majority are placed on police ban under “Police Pathway” with 377 alcohol-related offences involving domestic violence. The BDR has accounted for 0.02 per cent of alcohol bans.

The chart below indicated the total number of people on the BDR as of December 2017 organised by gender and aboriginal/non-aboriginal.

The NTG Department of Health notes those on the BDR for six months or longer are offered therapeutic support options. Any less than six months, a therapeutic support assessment may be requested. Their website also notes, “If a person completes a recommended therapeutic support program, their ban could be reduced, where bans are for six months or more. Treatment will not be compulsory. It will be up to the individual to decide whether they need and want help to address a drinking problem.”

The monthly report states the collection of this data may be amended over time, and to caution interpretation of the data, “…it cannot be assumed that having a ban caused a person to commence therapeutic support. Also, particular assessments and therapeutic support cases, such as those provided by a private GP, are not counted in this report.”

To access all th reports from September 2017-present, please click here.