The Tasmanian Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awards (ATOD Awards) are held annually and awards are given in various categories. Recipients receive a cash prize that is to be used for professional development.
There are many exceptional people working to promote health and prevent harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). The Tasmanian ATOD Awards aim to recognise, promote and reward outstanding practice in the ATOD field in Tasmania. The Tasmanian ATOD Awards celebrate the professionalism of those within the sector and the importance to the broader community of the work undertaken. It is our aim that these awards contribute to further enhancing the profile of the sector to those working within it, as well as those outside it. The awards are a sector-wide initiative, supported by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and facilitated by the Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tas Inc (ATDC).
Read the 2016 Tasmanian ATOD Awards here.
Excellence in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Work for a program or organisation – Consumer Reference Group Advocacy Tasmania
The Consumer Reference Group is a state-wide group consisting of consumers with ‘lived’ experience in alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Advocacy Tasmania has developed a platform where both consumers and professionals can work together with the common goal of systemic change, whether it be in the workplace, community or the homes of everyday people in Tasmania.
Excellence in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Work for an individual – Dr Anna Dimsey of the Hobart Clinic
Dr Anna Dimsey’s early career saw her working with gambling and betting addictions providing group counselling programs and providing training for service providers. For six years, she worked with DHHS Alcohol and Drug Service as a Clinical Pyschologist providing assessment and treatment for clients with complex alcohol and drug and mental health disorders. She was also involved in a leadership role and research activities. She joined Hobart Clinic in 2011 as a Clinical Psychologist and has been the principle clinician in developing the clinic’s Addictive Behaviour programs. During the last 12 months, she has developed a specific Alcohol and Drug Treatment eight week program at the Hobart Clinic.
The 2015 Tasmanian Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Awards recipients are as follows:
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AWARD:
SYLVIA ENGELS, Manager – Policy Development, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Directorate, DHHS
- Sylvia is an outstanding representative of the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) sector in Tasmania. Her representation at a government level has been informed and influenced by experience gained in the non-government sector. She has significant understanding of the overlap of the two, and the need for both to work together effectively in order to achieve positive community ATOD outcomes.
EXCELLENCE IN ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUG WORK AWARD:
ANDREW VERDOUW Team Leader, Intervention Programs Unit, Tasmanian Prison Service
- Andrew has worked tirelessly in recent years towards seeing a contemporary model of drug treatment implemented with the new specialised drug treatment unit at Risdon Prison being established for some of the prison’s most complex clients.
IMPROVING UNDERSTANDING THROUGH ATOD RESEARCH AWARD:
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR STUART FERGUSON School of Medicine, University of Tasmania
- Stuart Ferguson is an internationally recognised expert in the area of tobacco dependence. He is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine.
- Stuart’s primary research interest is the process of quitting smoking, and in particular determining the situations that are most important in predicting lapses – or returns to smoking, during a quit attempt.
EARLY CAREER AWARD:
ANDREW HARPER Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Worker, Anglicare Tasmania
- Andrew began working at Anglicare’s Needle and Syringe Program in 2013 and is responsible for distributing sterile injecting equipment, delivering brief interventions and providing health information and resources.
- EARLY CAREER AWARD: This Award recognises an individual worker who is in their first two years in the sector and has demonstrated excellence in alcohol, tobacco and other drug work in Tasmania. The individual will have demonstrated a strong commitment to embodying the principles of the Awards and to conducting their professional practice with empathy, skill and knowledge.
- IMPROVING UNDERSTANDING THROUGH ATOD RESEARCH AWARD: This Award recognises a researcher who has undertaken well designed and executed research which meets required ethical standards. The research will have practical relevance to the alcohol, tobacco and other drug sector, will have effective dissemination pathways to the sector and will contribute towards the sector’s understanding of issues relating to the reduction of harms caused by substance use in the Tasmanian community.
- EXCELLENCE IN ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUG WORK AWARD: This Award recognises an individual worker or manager who has demonstrated excellence in alcohol, tobacco and other drug work in Tasmania. The individual will have demonstrated a strong commitment to embodying the principles of the Awards and to conducting their professional practice with empathy, skill and knowledge.
- OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AWARD: This Award recognises the contributions of an individual who has worked with the alcohol, tobacco and other drug sector and the Tasmanian community to promote health and well-being through a reduction of the harms caused by substance use. The individual need not have worked in direct service delivery or specifically in the ATOD sector, but will have over a considerable period of time worked to improve the health and well-being of people affected alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues.
The Tasmanian Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awards, now in their third year, recognise, promote and reward outstanding practice in the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs field in Tasmania.
On June 16th, the 2014 award recipients were announced by the Acting Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Service, Mr Michael Pervan at a presentation at Parliament House.
Winners received an engraved trophy and $500 to be spent on professional development.
The four award recipients for 2014 are:
Outstanding Contributions Award – Awarded to Tamara Speed
Recognising the work of someone who may not necessarily work directly in the ATOD sector, but whose activity plays an important and positive role in the work the sector undertakes.
Tamara has played a significant role in the ATOD sector in Tasmania over a number of years. She has extensive experience in senior roles within the ATOD sector interstate and in national roles and on national expert panels.
Tamara is an advocate for innovation and a staunch advocate for consumer participation. She is deeply committed and works tirelessly to reduce stigma and discrimination against ATOD consumers. Her evidence-based expansion of ATOD practice has brought ATOD services into the reach of an increasing number of vulnerable population groups in Tasmania.
This award acknowledges Tamara’s contribution, commitment and dedication over many years.
Excellence in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Work Award – Awarded to Liz Moore
Recognising the outstanding work of an individual worker or manager in the field.
Liz is the Acting Coordinator of the Southern Court Mandated Diversion team, Tasmanian Department of Justice. She has extensive experience in helping people with addictions to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug.
She has over 23 years’ experience in the field. She has undertaken research to achieve higher qualifications, champion evidence-based practice and policy and has a comprehensive practical and theoretical understanding of therapeutic jurisprudence.
Liz’s work helps participants achieve their goals of breaking the drug-crime cycle and becoming sustainably drug-free and crime-free. Her work makes an effective contribution to a safer Tasmania.
Emerging Researcher Award – Awarded to Dr Amy Peacock
Recognising the importance of quality, evidence based research in the area of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
Amy completed her PhD is less than 3 years, undertaking a series of studies examining the use and effects of alcohol mixed with energy drinks. The results of Amy’s research have been shared with the ATOD sector during ATDC education and training events.
Amy’s work has also been published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and her thesis was marked and commended by two international experts in her field. Amy is a member of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board, which provides assessments of alcohol advertising to ensure that it meets regulatory standards.
Her expertise has been further recognised through her inclusion in national policy work as well as her mentorship and supervision of honours and masters level students.
Early Career Award – Awarded to Debbie Hollinger
Recognising excellent work by someone within the first two years of their career in the field.
Debbie is a Case Manager with the Kids In Focus Program run by Anglicare Tasmania. She began working in January 2014 after many years training and volunteering in the sector. She developed a passion for the Alcohol and Other Drug field while completing her TasTAFE Certificate 4 in Alcohol and Other Drugs in 2013. She now works with parents to make changes that are positive for them and their children.
Her commitment to harm minimisation; embracing of consumer participation and self-determination; and her evidence based, holistic approach are enabling her clients to achieve positive outcomes
The ATDC congratulates the four recipients of the 2013 Tasmanian Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awards, which were presented by Minister Michelle O’Byrne at an afternoon tea at Parliament House on Monday, 17th June.
The Awards, in their second year, recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving the outcomes for people affected by alcohol and other drugs, to reducing harm and developing the profession.
Between 40 and 50 members of the sector took the opportunity to celebrate excellence in our sector and show their support for the award recipients.
Award recipients received an engraved trophy and $500 to be spent on professional development.
Excellence in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Work Award
Recognising the outstanding work of an individual worker or manager in the field. Awarded to Peter Cairns
Peter is a Co-morbidity Clinical Nurse Consultant with Correctional Primary Health at Risdon Prison.
He has been a mental health nurse work working with people with multiple and complex needs for over 30 years including correctional health for more than 20 years. He is skilled in a wide range of assessments and interventions in settings which can be very challenging and confronting.
Peter is passionate and committed to the client group at the prison and his pragmatic manner combined with a realistic sense of hope and optimism earns him the respect of all of his colleagues.
Early Career Award
Recognising excellent work performed by someone within the first two years of their career in the field. Awarded to Dominique Smith
Dominique has been an educator at the Drug Education Network for a little over 12 months. During this time, she has initiated a number of projects, collaborated with a range of organisations and worked at the coalface of ATOD prevention, education and early intervention.
Dominique has a talent for engaging effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and has worked with a range of population groups including families, young people, school groups, older people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Outstanding Contributions Award
Recognising the work of someone who may not necessarily work directly in the ATOD sector, but whose activity plays an important and positive role in the work the sector undertakes. Awarded to Dr Raimondo Bruno
Dr Raimondo Bruno is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Tasmania. He leads a research group specialising in substance use, the epidemiology of illicit drug use; harm reduction interventions and the effects of psychoactive substances.
He facilitates collaboration between researchers and clinical practitioners and his work has strong practical implications for evidence-based policy-change.
Dr Bruno has an extensive track record of working at both state and national levels to improve outcomes for those affected by drug use and improving outcomes for consumers.
Emerging Researcher Award
Recognising the importance of quality, evidence based research in the area of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Awarded to Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron
The Emerging Researcher Award is a new category this year and those eligible were the presenters at the ATDC symposium for emerging researchers in February.
Isabelle’s presentation at this symposium was titled: The Impact of the Tasmanian Early Intervention Pilot Program: Lessons from the Field.
The passionate presentation engaged listeners and provoked discussion. It was reflective of Isabelle’s passion for addressing complex problems with vulnerable populations and the criminal justice system by using problem solving processes and improved collaboration.
Isabelle’s collaborative field based research has practical applications in the area of harm minimisation, early intervention programmes, liaison schemes and diversion.