2013 Tasmanian ATOD Awards Announced

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

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.