Are you involved in addressing alcohol and other drugs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? If so don’t miss out on attending this Conference.
The 4th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference ‘Showing Initiative: AOD responses required to Close the Gap by 2030’ will be held from 11 – 14 October 2016, at the Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, SA.
The Conference hosted by the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, SA Aboriginal Corporation (ADAC) will highlight the contributing role that harmful alcohol and other drugs use has on the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the interventions that are required to close the gap. It will also highlight emerging alcohol and other drug related issues that are threatening to further increase the gap if effective interventions are not utilized.
For the first time the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference will include a pre-Conference workshop. This workshop will focus on amphetamine type stimulants including crystal meth or ‘ice’ as it is commonly referred to. This will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn more about these substances and what interventions can be utilized to address the harmful effects of their use. This workshop being held on Tuesday 11 October will focus on methamphetamines.
This focus will continue into the Conference itself where a yarning circle will be held to develop an Indigenous specific response to the effects these drugs are having on individuals, families and communities.
Call for abstracts and super early bird registrations
Abstracts for presentations and workshops are currently being sought. The opportunity to put in an abstract closes on 31 May 2016 so don’t miss out if you want to present.
Super early bird rates for the Conference are also now available, register while the cost is at its lowest. This rate closes on 31 May 2016.
To submit an abstract, to register or to access further information about the Conference go to www.nidaconference.com.au
Clean Needle Program
The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Aboriginal Corporation has engaged with the Drug and Alcohol Services of South Australia (DASSA) Clean Needle Program to provide a CNP site at 155 Holbrooks Road Underdale and an Outreach service for the Makin Tracks project.
The aim of the CNP is to contribute to the prevention of the transmission of blood viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs and the wider community, and to minimise the harm associated with injecting drug use.
The objectives of the program are to;
Reduce the incidence of blood borne virus transmission, including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C from injecting drug use
Reduce other harms related to injecting drug use (including cellulitis, endocarditis and septicaemia.
Reduce the incidence of unsafe injecting practices
Reduce the incidence of inappropriate needle and syringe disposal
Increase the availability of, and access to, sterile injecting equipment, and
Contribute towards increasing the number of intravenous drug users who access treatment, counselling, health maintenance care and support services.
The CNP strives to achieve these objectives by;
A physical seating which will ensure privacy, anonymity and confidentiality
Staff attitudes and work practices which will be non-judgemental and respectful of people’s rights to obtain equipment
Placement of equipment that allows efficient service, and
Times of operation that are most suitable to service users, within the constraints of the CNP site
Training staff to acquire the appropriate skills and work practices. The success of the program depends greatly on the approach taken by staff towards people who inject drugs, and on the information that is passed on to people who inject drug, and the broader community about the principles and workings of the program
Supplying needles, syringes, swabs and sharps disposal units to people who inject drugs (at no cost to the service users of the community CNP).
Provide educational pamphlets and other materials, referral options, brief intervention and one-to-one advice on harm reduction to people who inject drugs, who utilise the services of the CNP
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Project Description: Makin Tracks is a mobile team of two Professional Educators around drug and alcohol issues, who are available to help communities develop strategies to prevent petrol sniffing, alcohol and other drug misuse and to help communities who are already having problems because of substance misuse.
They are mobile because its often difficult for remote communities to travel to receive the appropriate training that is required to combat these issues, that is why we go to the communities and provide the training in a setting where community members feel most comfortable. The team has 2 Nissan Patrols and can set up education sessions anywhere.
How the team works when invited into a community, the team will talk with elders, Council, workers and/or the whole community and let them know what we have to offer and how we work. Then if the community decides to go ahead, they will sit down with that community and develop a strategy to tackle the substance issues of concern to that community. The team will then help to put the strategy into action. This will explain the types of things the team will be able to do, the things they are not able to do and how they will work with your community on the goals you set. We work with communities, not for them. What the team will do
Contribute to the pool of knowledge and resources available to Aboriginal Communities in regards too drug and alcohol issues.
Build community drug and alcohol workers capacity to facilitate drug and alcohol awareness. Which will enhance the skills in achieving healthy outcomes for their local community.
Established support mechanisms to external services.
The Makin Tracks project officers act as a vital link to ensure that drugs and alcohol issues are addressed in a culturally appropriate setting.
Support Drug and alcohol workers, so that community receives a better understanding and support mechanisms for the overall wellbeing of their health.
Give the community education, skills and the opportunity to Asses where drugs and alcohol issues are at the present and the power to change.
Support in rebuilding Aboriginal Men self esteem and confidence through men groups and camps (cultural awareness, drug and alcohol and harm minimization issues)
Run community workshops to inform a community about a particular substance issue.
Run community development work shops to help develop a strategy
Help get that strategy up and running
Help with funding applications and finding resources
Come back from time to time to help with new programs
Provide training and support for workers
Helping communities combat drug and alcohol problems through education, training and support.
What the team won't do
Provide funding we can help you apply for funding from other sources
We dont do things for you we work with you
Get involved in community politics
Spend months in your community we have a huge area to cover so we can only spend a few weeks at most but remember, We can come back regularly.
We come to you a mobile team project. Find out more, The team will be happy to provide an information session on request, with no obligation or cost. Project Status Current A National Illicit Drugs Strategy (NIDS). Project funded by the Australian Government. Project Contacts Jimmy Perry and Byron Wright Project Officers Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. 155 Holbrooks Road 5032 SA, Telephone 08 8351 9031 Facsimile 08 8352 4546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The ADAC led consortium, which includes the Aboriginal Health Council SA (AHCSA) and Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS). The Consortium have been recommended by the Commonwealth Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, MP, as the preferred provider for the North West region of SA Residential Rehabilitation facility.
This is a huge bonus for the region and also for the Aboriginal led consortium. We are looking forward to working with everyone in the region to ensure that the Residential Rehabilitation is developed and operated for the benefit of Aboriginal people across SA in dealing with alcohol and other drugs.
We know its going to be hard work for awhile to get everything up and running but we know that we are up to the challenge and look forward to the facility being opened in the 2014/2015 financial year.
We will endeavour to keep people updated on progress via our website and again I would like to congratulate the Consortium members the start of a successful outcome.