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Peak Body calls on all sides of government to stay focused

14 November 2019
Pill Testing
The ATDC calls on all sides of government to remain focused on the one thing they all agree one – implementing strategies at Tasmanian festivals and events that reduce the harm of illicit drugs.
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Pill Testing Australia in Hobart when NSW Coroner’s Report into Festival Deaths tabled

07 November 2019
Pill Testing
Pill Testing Australia co-founder and Harm Reduction Australia President Gino Vumbaca will be in Hobart on Friday, 8 November.
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One step closer to a consumer organisation for Tasmanians who use drugs

04 November 2019
Consumer representation
Tasmania is one step closer to having a funded consumer representative organisation for Tasmanians who use drugs - a milestone that has been years in the making.
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ATDC Sector Development Small Grants Fund 2020

01 November 2019
2020 grant round open 1 November 2019, closes 30 March 2020
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CEO Update October 2019

31 October 2019
It’s that time of year when our minds turn towards thoughts of warmer days, time with family and dare I say, Christmas preparations! Not yet I hear you say!
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2020 ATDC Conference – Keynote Speakers Announced

09 October 2019
We are excited to announce the 2020 ATDC Conference Keynote Speakers, who will not only inspire and inform but arm you with the tools required to transform the ideas into action in your own workplaces
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CEO Update September 2019

30 September 2019
‘Purposeful’ and ‘steadfast’. These were the words I shared at last week’s Annual General Meeting to describe the efforts of the ATDC over the past 12 months.
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Strengthening Tasmania’s justice response to problematic alcohol and other drug use

19 September 2019
The ATDC has released its position statement outlining its recommendations on how the Tasmanian Government can strengthen its current justice response to problematic drug use in the community.
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ATDC Annual Report 2018-19

18 September 2019
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ATDC 2018 Workforce Survey

18 September 2019
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Pill Testing discussions with Tasmanian Government: Media Statement

06 September 2019
Pill Testing
Statement from the ATDC CEO following meetings between the Tasmanian Government and Pill Testing Australia
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No support for proposal to drug test welfare recipients

06 September 2019
Drug testingWelfare
The ATDC does not support the Australian Government's proposal to introduce drug tests for welfare recipients
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Tasmanian CALD Communities Survey

05 September 2019
AlcoholCALDOther drugsTobacco
Are you a member of a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community in Tasmania? Or do you work with people from CALD communities? If so, we need your help!
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Pill Testing Australia welcomes meetings with the Tasmanian Government

03 September 2019
Pill Testing
The ATDC will be facilitating discussions between Pill Testing Australia and the Tasmanian Government over the next two days.
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CEO Update August 2019

31 August 2019
My message is simple this month and it’s ‘thank you’.
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Opinion: A hidden drug crisis killing ordinary Tasmanians

31 August 2019
International Overdose Awareness DayOverdose
TRACEY WING: Forget junkies, weekly deaths are typically caused by painkillers
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ATDC Stakeholder Survey 2019

29 August 2019
We invite all ATDC stakeholders to participate in our annual Stakeholder Survey.
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ATDC overwhelmed by community response receiving thousands of origami cranes to remember Tasmanians lost to overdose

14 August 2019
The ATDC has been inundated by thousands of origami cranes, after calling on members of the community to help fold 1,000 cranes for International Overdose Awareness Day.
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Tasmanian Legislative Council Pill Testing Notice of Motion

12 August 2019
Pill Testing
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania is calling upon the Tasmanian Legislative Council to put politics aside and focus on the evidence ahead of their debate on pill testing this week.
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CEO Update July 2019

30 July 2019
I really enjoy my role at the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania. Over the past 12 months that I’ve been in this role, it has provided me with many opportunities to be involved in discussions and projects that help to deliver real impact to many Tasmanians.
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Seeking Nominations for the ATDC Board of Governance & Life Membership

22 July 2019
We are seeking to elect two Elected Directors from the ATDC membership to the Board of Governance. Members are also invited to nominate individuals for life membership to the ATDC.
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1,000 Cranes – International Overdose Awareness Day, 31 August 2019

17 July 2019
International Overdose Awareness DayOverdose
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Opinion: Break Tasmania’s drug-crime cycle

26 June 2019
Tasmania’s prison population is soaring — and four in five inmates have a substance use issue
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CEO Update June 2019

25 June 2019
As Winter approaches, discussions surrounding the homelessness crisis across Tasmania are intensifying with many individuals and families unable to find secure accommodation.
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State Budget 2019-20

20 June 2019
The release of the 2019-20 State Budget has been received with an acute sense of disappointment from the Tasmanian community sector for the lack of investment in services and programs across the State.
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Integrated Family Support Services Worker

20 June 2019
Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. is a Not-For-Profit Community Organisation that facilitates a range of services across the North-West and West Coasts of Tasmania designed to support and assist youth, families and individuals in need to develop skills and opportunities to enable them to participate within the community. We currently have a fantastic opportunity for the right person to join our Family Support Services Team, based in Devonport and working across the North West Coast.
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Brief Intervention and Counselling Program Worker

20 June 2019
Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. is a local Not-For-Profit Community Organisation that provides a range of health and wellbeing services to young people, families and communities throughout the North West Coast of Tasmania.
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Opinion: The awkward silence is killing us

04 June 2019
Funding
The Federal Election is over and another Tasmanian State Budget has been tabled. Millions of dollars have been committed to small business, tourism, infrastructure and health, yet for those delivering alcohol, and other drug programs the silence is deafening.
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CEO Update May 2019

31 May 2019
Another Tasmanian State Budget has been tabled, and those following the media would be aware that the ATDC has been vocal in expressing concern about the lack of funding for alcohol, tobacco and other drug services.
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Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs not a priority

27 May 2019
Funding
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania has joined the chorus of disappointment across the Tasmanian community sector in response to the 2019-20 State Budget.
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Seeking expressions of interest for participation: ATDC Advisory Council and Naloxone Action Group

22 May 2019
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The positive health impact of pill testing: Groovin the Moo 2019

30 April 2019
Pill Testing
Australia’s second pill-testing trial has been hailed an overwhelming success. Groovin the Moo 2019 has again successfully implemented a pill-testing trial with many participants saying they would reconsider or at least take less drugs as a result of the testing and education provided on-site.
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CEO Update April 2019

30 April 2019
As we nudge closer to the Federal election, many of you may have already decided how you will vote and some of you may still be considering your choices.
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More Australians are seeking help for amphetamine dependence

17 April 2019
Amphetamines
In response to the release of AIHW report - Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017-18, ATDC Chief Executive Alison Lai said “the rise in the number of Tasmanians seeking treatment for amphetamines is a trend that has been noticed across our treatment providers
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ATDC Sector Capacity Building Small Grants Fund – NOW OPEN!

11 April 2019
Through capacity building funds received from the Federal Governments’ Drug and Alcohol Program, the ATDC has made provision for a Small Grants Fund to assist ATDC Member organisations with professional development, training or qualifications which will enhance specific alcohol and other drugs skills and knowledge.
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CEO Update March 2019

31 March 2019
It’s incredible to think we’re almost one quarter of the way through 2019! Over the past month, pill testing continues to dominate the national media, particularly in Tasmania following Speaker of the House of Assembly Sue Hickey’s public announcement that she supports pill testing.
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CEO Update February 2019

28 February 2019
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Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Council responds to the sixth wastewater report

20 February 2019
Wastewater
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania has responded to the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program.
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CEO Update January 2019

31 January 2019
As we all settle into the start of 2019, our thoughts are with our courageous and tireless firefighters, including hundreds of volunteer fire brigade members, who are battling multiple fires across the island, particularly down in Huon Valley...
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Opinion: It’s time to tackle our grog problem

24 December 2018
Alcohol
IT’S that time of year when people tend to indulge in all the festivities that the holiday period brings, including drinking alcohol. More often than not conversations around alcohol use tend to focus on what individuals can do to reduce harm...
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Opinion: Playing it safe with festive drinks

20 December 2018
Alcohol
Everyone has the right to feel safe when they’re spending time celebrating with friends and family. Yet the recent coverage of Tasmanian woman Mandy Marmion’s terrifying drink spiking ordeal is a chilling reminder that our safety cannot always be guaranteed...
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Additional $1 billion needed nationally to address unmet alcohol and drug treatment need

18 December 2018
Funding
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Opinion: Pill testing — because we can’t wait until someone dies

21 November 2018
Pill Testing
DON’T do drugs — it’s a message that we’ve all heard. Tasmanians have been told time and time again that taking drugs not prescribed by a doctor is bad, and against the law. Yet Tasmanians do take illegal drugs. Recent research tells us that 42 per cent of Australians, nearly half of us, will try an illicit substance during our lifetime.
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Opinion: Order treatment for drink-drivers

24 October 2018
Alcohol
Last week we heard the heartbroken plea from the family and friends of Tasmanian Brianna Waddington, a teenage girl killed by a drunk learner driver, for others to learn from their tragedy. It’s a situation that no one ever wants to imagine themselves in, and a story that every journalist wishes they didn’t have to write.
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Focus on education and treatment to reduce alcohol, tobacco and drug related harm across the state

10 October 2018
Funding
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Opinion: Tasmania, we have a drinking problem

18 June 2018
Alcohol
There's a common phrase that says that the first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have one. And when it comes to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Tasmania, I get the impression that people don’t believe we have a problem. People seem generally aware that there are some who need to access specialised services like detox, rehabilitation or group therapy sessions.
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Opinion: Busted — Six myths of pill-testing

Pill Testing
ALL of us have likely experienced that awkward moment in a conversation when we realise the person that we’re talking to has misunderstood what we’re saying. To avoid confusion, misunderstanding or perhaps an argument we often have to politely interject, backtrack and start the conversation again
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