Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson launched the Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Implementation Plan on Monday 20 July 2015 after considerable work that had been done over the last ten months. Over 40 people and media attended the launch.
In March 2013 the State Government released Everybody’s Business: A Strategic Framework for Implementing Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI) Approaches in Averting Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Use.
Following the release of the Strategic Framework the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services:
- convened two workshops of interested ATOD stakeholders to confirm priority areas of action, and
- assigned the Drug Education Network (DEN) as the lead body to develop an implementation plan and coordinate PPEI activity within the State.
In April 2014 the ATDC convened the first meeting of the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Sector Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI) Implementation Advisory Group. The principal role of the Advisory Group is to progress the Strategic Framework by guiding the development of a Tasmanian PPEI Implementation Plan.
In June 2014 the Department of Health and Human Services funded the appointment of a PPEI Project Officer in the ATDC. The role of the Project Officer was to support the implementation of the Strategic Framework by:
- working closely with the DEN
- developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders
- analysing key issues and trends
- supporting project governance arrangements
- compiling meeting documentation and providing executive support to the Implementation Advisory Group.