ATDC Submissions, Position and Policy Papers

ATDC Submissions, Position and Policy Papers

 

June 2016 - ATDC response to the inquiry into Palliative Care in Tasmania

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council welcomed the opportunity to respond to the inquiry into Palliative Care in Tasmania.

Read letter here.

May 2016 - ATDC submission to the Mid-Point Review of National Tobacco Strategy

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council welcomed the opportunity to respond to Health Policy Analysis for the Mid-Point Review of the National Tobacco Strategy.

Read submission here.

May 2016 - ATDC submission to the Proposed Liquor Licensing Regulations 2016 - Consultation Paper

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Department of Treasury and Finance for the Proposed Liquor Licensing Regulations 2016 – Consultation Paper.

Read submission here.

February 2016 - ATDC submission to A Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council welcomed the opportunity to respond to A Healthy Tasmania – Five Year Strategic Plan Community Consultation Draft paper.

The ATDC submission specifically highlights a number of key areas for consideration:
• The return on investment in needle and syringe programs and AOD treatment,
• Changes to tobacco legislation and the need for a holistic approach,
• Working with the Drug Education Network to integrate PPEI indicators into HealthStats,
• Building the evidence base and using it effectively,
• Reducing inequities in health and addressing stigma and discrimination.

Read submission here.

Dec 2015 - Network of Australian State and Territory AOD Peak Bodies statement about National Ice Taskforce Final Report

The Network of Australian State and Territory AOD Peak Bodies welcomes the release of the National ‘Ice’ Taskforce’s Final Report, and the release of the two reviews commissioned by the Australian Government (a) the Drug Policy Modelling Program’s New Horizons report and (b) the National Drug Research Institute’s Harnessing Good Intentions report.

The Network also welcomes the multiple announcements made by the Australian Government on 6 December, particularly with regards to increasing funding for specialist alcohol and drug services and the continuation of existing funding contracts until June 2017. However we are cautious given the lack of detail.

We strongly support the Taskforce’s view that ‘we can’t arrest our way out of this problem’ and the importance of having a greater focus and investment in the demand and harm reduction pillars of the National Drug Strategy.

Read the full statement here.

October 2015 - ATDC response to the Sentencing Advisory Council's Consultation Paper

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania (ATDC) welcomed the opportunity to provide a written response to the Sentencing Advisory Council’s Consultation Paper titled, Phasing out of Suspended Sentences.

Imprisonment as a deterrent may be effective for certain people however, this deterrent affect is severely compromised in relation to people who are substance dependent or intoxicated. Substance dependence can impair the decision making and consequential thinking capacity of an individual, reducing the threat of judicial sanctions. For this reason, the basic premise upon which the ATDC understands sentencing, is that it is most effective in having a positive influence on the behaviour of individuals when it is applied within a framework of therapeutic jurisprudence.

Tasmanian Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) sector organisations have significant experience in the delivery of assessment, brief intervention and treatment in both the police and court diversion models that operate in our jurisdiction. The Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative and the Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) program have been significant and welcome approaches to supporting people whose use of substances is associated with offending.

Read the full letter here.

May 2015 - ATDC submission to the Australian Government's Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration

The ATDC made a submission to the Australian Government’s Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration Proposed Amendments to the Poisons Standard (Medicines): Naloxone. The ATDC welcomed the opportunity to provide a submission to the Australian Government on the proposed amendments to the current Poisons Standard.

In line with section 52E of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, this submission relates to amending the scheduling of naloxone to include single use prefilled syringe preparations for injection containing 400 micrograms/mL of naloxone or less in Schedule 3.

The ATDC looks forward to the release of the scheduling decisions after due consideration. Read the submission here.

July 2015 - ATDC submission to the Tasmanian Government's Options for a Public Health Response to Electronic Cigarettes

The ATDC made a submission to the Tasmanian Government’s Discussion Paper: Options for a Public Health Response to Electronic Cigarettes. This submission makes a number of general observations about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and provides specific comments in response to some of the options presented within the Department’s Discussion Paper.

May 2015 - National Ice Taskforce

The ATDC welcomed the opportunity to provide a short written submission to the National Ice Taskforce. The ATDC has also been fortunate to participate in two formal stakeholder consultations conducted by the Taskforce during May 2015. This submission provides information about the Tasmanian alcohol, tobacco and other drugs service system, makes a number of observations and suggestions regarding alcohol and drug related issues and broadly responds to the questions posed by the Taskforce.

May 2015 - ATDC submission to the Australian Government Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration on proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard (Medicines)

The ATDC made a submission to the Australian Government Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration on proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard (Medicines) to amend the scheduling of naloxone to include single use prefilled syringe preparations for injection containing 400 micrograms/mL of naloxone or less in Schedule 3. Read the submission here.

February 2015 - Tasmanian Government's Rethink Mental Health Project

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Tasmanian Government’s Rethink Mental Health Project and comment upon the Rethink Mental Health Project: A long term plan for mental health in Tasmania Discussion Paper.

The ATDC submission specifically highlights a number of key areas for consideration:
• The Service System
• Service Integration and Comorbidity
• Consumer and Carer Consultation and Engagement
• Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention
• Workforce Development and Capacity Building.

The full submission can be found here

February 2015 - ATDC submission to the One Health System Green Paper

The ATDC has made a submission to the One Health System Green Paper.  Submission Highlights include:

1. The commissioning of community sector alcohol and drug services should be transferred completely from the Alcohol and Drug Service to the Department of Health and Human Services.
2. It should be a priority under this review to deploy the Drug and Alcohol Clinical Care and Prevention (DA-CCP) modelling tool to identify the population needs for ATOD services in Tasmania.
3. Alcohol and other drug services are a specialist service type and must be integrated into the broader health and human service system where acknowledgement of the bio-psycho-social framework for treatment and support is central to policy and service system design.
4. Strong leadership will be required to effectively manage this transition and maintain a focus on the principles of the single health system as articulated in the Green Paper.
5. It is essential that we adopt a health promotion, prevention and early intervention (PPEI) approach to ensure equity of access to health.

The full submission can be found here.

ATDC Budget Priorities Statement for 2015-16

The ATDC Budget Priorities Statement for 2015-16 highlights a number of key priority areas requiring Government activity and/or investment, such as:

  • Support for the key AOD governance body the AOD Treatment Expert Advisory Group that reports to the Alcohol and Drug Planning Advisory Group
  • Renegotiation of grant indexation arrangements to ensure the ongoing viability and sustainability of the community sector
  • Investing in the data and information management systems across the entire ATOD sector to enable the collection and analysis of quality information which will support the implementation of the DHHS Outcomes Purchasing Framework
  • Providing recurrent funding for drug user organisations within Tasmania
  • Investing in therapeutic justice options such as the establishment of a drink driving court
  • Providing ongoing investment to support promotion, prevention and early intervention (PPEI) activities
  • Tackling opioid overdose by enabling the availability of Naloxone
  • Conducting the review of the Tasmanian Opioid Prevention Policy by an independent consultant and with appropriate input from drug users and those engaged with the program
  • Increased access to pharmacotherapy including post-prison release
  • Increasing the funding for needle and syringe programs (NSP) within the community including the consideration of creating an NSP within the prison.

A full copy of the ATDC Budget Priorities Statement is available here.

September 2014 - ATDC Response to the Review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 - Proposal Paper

The ATDC welcomed the opportunity to provide a response to the Review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 – Proposal Paper. We believe this to be appropriate as the stakeholders we represent have a unique understanding of the impact of liquor licencing decisions upon the people living in our communities. It is the ATDC member organisations that are called upon to provide guidance, support and treatment when the harms of alcohol are experienced.

Read the full ATDC submission.

May 2012 - ATDC Stigma and Discrmination Policy Position Paper

ATDC policy position paper: Stigma and Discrimination suffered by people who use alcohol tobacco and other drugs.  Download the paper  here.

 

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