The following is an exert from an email sent by Gino Vumbaca, the Executive Director of the Australian National Council on Drugs, on 27 June 2011. As well as informing you about the winners of this award it is noteworthy that Hello Sunday Morning won the award for Excellence in Services to Young People. Those who attended the recent DANA National Conference would have heard Chris Raine speak about Hello Sunday Morning, the organisation that he started.
On behalf of the 4 collaborating organisations of the National Drug & Alcohol Awards (the Ted Noffs Foundation, Alcohol & other Drug Council of Australia, Australian Drug Foundation and the Australian National Council on Drugs) and our sponsors (the Federal Department of Health & Ageing, the Australian Sports Commission, NSW Health, the Pharmacy Guild of Australian and ACT Education) we are pleased to provide the following message from the Prime Minister of Australia and advise of the winners announced at a Gala Dinner of 300 people in Sydney on Friday the 24th of June.
Message From Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Every day, thousands of dedicated professionals offer their experience, expertise and compassion to those struggling with the consequences of drug use.
Their interventions help protect public health, reduce crime, and enable users to come to terms with their condition and regain control of their future.
If these are difficult endeavours, they are never thankless. Rather our hardworking drug and alcohol workers have the nation’s gratitude and admiration.
In that spirit, I offer my sincerest congratulations to Judge Roger Dive, a worthy recipient of the 2011 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Drug and Alcohol Endeavours.
Judge Dive, a Senior Judge of the NSW Drug Court, has worked tirelessly to promote a humane and practical response to offenders with alcohol and drug problems, using the courts to reduce the negative effects of drugs and alcohol on individuals and society.
The innovative work of Judge Dive and his colleagues on the Drug Court is mirrored by a web of government and non-government services across all our States and Territories – a partnership that succeeds through cooperation, goodwill and a shared belief that what we are doing really can make a difference.
Therefore I send my best wishes to Judge Dive and to all his colleagues in the sector, whose work is also honoured by this special award.
I know you will keep doing great things to save and transform lives.
The Honourable Julia Gillard
Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Ministers Award for Excellence
Judge Roger Dive – Parramatta Drug Court
Awards Honour Roll
Professor Robyn Richmond
Dr David McDonald
Excellence in Law Enforcement
The Bourke Alcohol Working Group
Excellence in Media Reporting
Ms Jill Stark, The Age
Excellence in Prevention and Community Education
The W.A. Department of Health’s Multi-systemic Therapy (MST) Program
Excellence in Research
AERF, The Range and Magnitude of Alcohols’ Harm to Others
Excellence in Treatment
Catalyst, UnitingCare Moreland Hall, Victoria
Excellence in School Drug Education
Wollumbin High School
Excellence in Services to Young People
Hello Sunday Morning
Excellence in Creating Healthy Sporting Communities
Eastern Football League