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WINNERS Announced for 2015 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awards

The 2015 Tasmanian Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Awards recipients are as follows:

Winners of the annual 2015 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Awards

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.

Categories may change for 2017 but start thinking about your nominations now.  The ATDC is looking forward to seeing more people recognised in their chosen fields in the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs sector.

The Tasmanian Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Sector Awards recognise excellence in four categories:

  • 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.