“The AER Foundation has announced details of a $2.8 million (inc GST) policy partnership with the NSW Government. Bringing 6 NSW Departments together to address alcohol harms in a whole-of-government approach, the following projects have been funded:
Substance Use in Pregnancy & Parenting Service (SUPPS) – Dept of Community Services: $220,000
Support program to provide seamless assistance for expectant mothers with alcohol & other drug issues. Partnering with South Coast Barnardos & the Aboriginal Medial Service, this project is designed to improve outcomes for both children and mothers.
Review of Responsible Service of Alcohol – Dept of Gaming & racing: $165,000
Aims to review and enhance RSA certification/training in NSW. The findings will complement BOCSAR research on patron experiences of RSA in licensed premises in NSW.
Community Alcohol Program – Dept of Community Services: $253,000
This program aims to strengthen existing infrastructure delivering alcohol information to NSW communities. AER has established a working group comprised of the Community Alcohol Action Network, Alcohol and Drug Information Service, Local Government Association of NSW, Shires of NSW & the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) to improve the resources of the 80 Community Drug Action teams in NSW.
Supply means supply – NSW Police: $649,000
This multi-faceted campaign targets parents and other demographics increased education, media campaigns and increasing licensing enforcement to prevent secondary supply of alcohol to minors. Originally developed in consultation with the Central Coast Health Promotion and the local liquor licensees, this project will be evaluated for further use in NSW
Optimising information resources for Community Liquor accords – Dept of Gaming & Racing: $286,000
This project will fund the production of standardised community information materials promoting best practice liquor accords. New material will build on key successes and funding covers the trial, implementation and evaluation. AER bought the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing, Police, the RTA, the Dept of Health & Education to synthesise and compile existing information into a ‘best practice’ example.
Your Choice – NSW Police: $363,000
Diversionary programs run for minors consuming alcohol or displaying intoxication in public places. Designed to improve outcomes rather than receiving infringement notices. Parental/Carer supervision is also requested.
Online Training for Frontline Staff – Dept of Education: $323,950
Developing and maintaining an online ‘just in time’ resource for employees that deal with alcohol & other drug problems. The information will be synthesised and placed on a dedicated ‘1-stop-shop’ website promoting ease of use. Partnering with NADA, the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the TAFE system to develop the new system and provide formal training for staff members.
School & Aboriginal Community Alcohol Project – Dept of Education: $243,100.
Developing culturally-appropriate material on alcohol mis-use for indigenous communities. The solutions will be rolled out to K-6 students and their parents in three communities (1 metro, 2 non-metro) and this initial trial will be evaluated for roll-out across the state. A cross-government and non-government organisation partnership comprising the NSW Principal’s associations, the NSW Parents & Citizens Associations, the Depts of Aboriginal Affairs, Health, Education, Community Services and the Aboriginal Education Consultation Group.
Evaluation – Dept of Health: $330,000.
An external evaluator will be contracted to analyse the success and sustainability of the initiatives listed above.
For more detail please see the media release.
COURTS ADMINISTRATION AUTHORITY
MAGISTRATES COURT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Specialist Sentencing Courts
Moral Reconation Therapy
Tuesday 5 Feb 08 — Friday 8 Feb 08
At The Stamford Plaza Hotel
150 North Tce Adelaide
Presenter and Trainer : Dr. Kenneth Robinson is from Tennessee USA
COST (inclusive of GST): $1100 for the first person and $990 for the each person thereafter from the same agency
For further information please contact
Mrs Lesley Work SA Drug Court Coordinator
08 8204 8629 or 0401 711 960
Launch of new treatment facility in WA.
“The Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation and The Hon. Jim McGinty, Minister for Health officially launched the new Men’s House at Palmerston Farm, just outside Perth. For more detail please see the media release.
The House was part of a policy partnership with to increase alcohol and other drug treatment capacity within Perth and Western Australia.”
“NEW TREATMENT FOR ICE USERS – WORLD FIRST STUDY RESULTS
A new treatment for methamphetamine or ‘ice’ has been found to assist users to dramatically reduce their drug use, a study released yesterday has found.
The first results from an Australian drug trial for methamphetamine or “ice” users funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing were presented yesterday at the World Psychiatric Association Congress in Melbourne. Mr James Shearer, a PhD student from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW conducted the study.
‘The drug, known as modafinil, restores levels of neurotransmitters or chemicals in the brain that may be depleted after heavy or long term methamphetamine use,’ said Mr Shearer. ‘It’s already available in Australia for sleep problems such as narcolepsy, shift workers’ syndrome and sleep apnoea related fatigue.’
Studies in the United States have shown modafinil to be safe and effective in cocaine users. Modafinil is presently in larger scale studies to definitively establish its value in treating cocaine addiction in the US. This Australian study set a world first by testing modafinil against a placebo in 80 dependent methamphetamine users in Sydney. Patients either took modafinil each day over a 10 week treatment program or a placebo or dummy drug under double blind conditions (i.e. neither the doctors nor the patients knew which drug they were taking).
Those who received modafinil cut their methamphetamine use by more than half which was significantly better than those who received the placebo. Importantly, modafinil appeared to be safe with no serious side effects and non-addictive. Because modafinil is not soluble in water and is destroyed at high temperatures, it cannot be injected or smoked, and may not need to be dispensed under supervision.
‘Modafinil is the first medication to show a demonstrable positive effect in heavy methamphetamine users and represents a major medical breakthrough achieved in Australia,’ said Mr Shearer.
‘With the range of problems currently being experienced in Australia due to the use of methamphetamine, modafinil could prove to be an invaluable treatment.’
‘The researchers at NDARC, the Kirketon Road Centre facility of Sydney Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Drug and Alcohol Service in Sydney, hope that these positive results lead to continuing Federal Government support for larger clinical trials of modafinil.’ ”
I’ve just added the 2008-2010 Strategic Directions document to the Documents section of the site. Enjoy.
“The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference for 2008 will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia.
We invite you to participate in enjoying an exciting program of international and national keynote speakers who will focus on new treatment prevention and policy areas of Drugs and Alcohol.
A broad range of papers will be presented from renowned national and international groups specialising in the latest cutting-edge Drug and Alcohol research
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ODYSSEY HOUSE – MAGISTRATES EARLY REFERRAL into TREATMENT (MERIT) PROGRAM
WAVERLEY COURTCASE MANAGER – MERIT Program
Odyssey House operates the MERIT Program at Waverley Court and we are looking to employ an enthusiastic and dynamic person to join our small team as a Case Manager. MERIT is a 12 week drug diversion treatment program for clients with substance use problems who are also clients of the criminal justice system.
Applications can be forwarded by either Post, Email or Fax and need to be received by the close of business on the 11th December 2007
CONTACT DETAILS:Michelle Tziarkas, Community Services Manager, Odyssey House
1st Floor, 431 Elizabeth Street
SURRY HILLS NSW 2010
PHONE: (02) 92815144 FAX: (02) 92815146
Applications need to address Essential and Desirable Criteria as outlined below.
· Tertiary qualifications in a Health related discipline or equivalent.
· Demonstrated understanding of contemporary methods of alcohol and other drugs client service delivery.
· Demonstrated capacity to provide assessment, case management and coordinated care to clients referred to the MERIT Program.
· Demonstrated ability to work and contribute to a multi-disciplinary team.
· Demonstrated ability to provide quality written reports within allocated time frames.
· Familiarity with common office computer packages, including word processing.
· Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
· Knowledge of and commitment to implement the principles of OH&S, EEO and Quality Improvement.
· Experience in counselling and group work.
· Experience in working with the Criminal Justice System.
· Experience in working with a variety of health and welfare settings.
Award Classification: In Accordance with relevant Award Classification
Hours of duty: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Place of work: Odyssey House MERIT Program
1st floor, 431 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills NSW 2010
MERIT Program Case Managers will be expected to undertake duties at Waverly Court.C
ASE MANAGER – MERIT PROGRAM -Duties of Position:
· Conduct comprehensive assessments on referred clients, taking into consideration current criminal charges, criminal history, and mental health status, history of drug use and psychosocial history.
· Provide accurate and appropriate advice to the Court in relation to individual client history and suitability to enter the MERIT Program.
· Provide comprehensive and intensive case management and where necessary crisis intervention to clients.
· Develop and implement detailed client case plans that address treatment needs and include client risk evaluation to self and others.
· Continually evaluate individual treatment outcomes and conduct case reviews as required.
· Provide intensive counselling and support to MERIT clients and their families as identified in the client’s case plan and in accordance with best practise and evidence based treatment approaches.
· Compile detailed and comprehensive client profiles through investigative interviews, consultation with significant others and review of relevant material such as criminal histories to identify appropriate treatment options.
· Provide confidential reports to the Courts and Police – reporting upon client assessment, individual progress and details of breach(s) and other pertinent information as required.
· Develop and maintain viable networks and partnerships with committees, departments, service providers, referrals agents, SESIAHS. Criminal Justice System, Police, Legal Aid and other Stakeholders.
· Attend weekly supervision with Community Services Manager and monthly external clinical supervision.
· Contribute to the development and operation of a quality and structured outpatient treatment program based on best practise and evidence based treatment.
· Comply with OH & S statutory requirements and all OH & S policy and procedures.
· Participate and promote Continuous Quality Improvement activities.
· Comply with Odyssey House policies and procedures.
· Comply with MERIT Program policies and procedures.
· Utililise, and support the use of, all processes and procedures consistent with the therapeutic community philosophy and that of Odyssey House McGrath Foundation.
· Undertake all orientation and training relevant to the position of MERIT Case Worker and other education as recommended/approved by the Community Services Manager
For all the details, download the PDF file here