The Tasmanian ATOD Awards were announced at the 2021 ATDC Conference in June, recognising a record number of finalists and winners in the Tasmanian ATOD field.
The Awards are a sector-wide initiative supported by the Tasmanian Government, celebrating the many exceptional people working to promote health and prevent harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) in Tasmania.
Guiding principles of the ATOD Awards include a commitment to harm reduction, a population health approach and evidence-based practice. Read more about the guiding principles.
Selection process and judging
Selection of finalists and winners is responsibility of the judging panel, with representatives from across the Tasmanian ATOD sector. Judges for the 2021 Awards were:
- Robyn Greaves (Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate)
- Ruth Rowlands (Anglicare Tasmania)
- Alison Lai (ATDC)
- Dion Butler (Alcohol and Drug Service)
The judges were joined by Simone Zell (TasCOSS) who stepped in to assist where judges needed to remove themselves from an awards category due to conflicts of interest.
On behalf of the Tasmanian Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs sector, the ATOD Awards Judging Panel congratulates all winners and finalists for their contributions to the Tasmanian community. We also extend our thanks to each person who submitted a nomination for themselves or their peers – the Tasmanian ATOD Awards would not have been possible without you.
Outstanding Contribution Award
This award recognises the importance of significant, distinguished contributions by an individual over a considerable period of time to the field of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The individual need not have worked in direct service delivery or even specifically in the ATOD sector. They will have, however, worked to improve the health and well-being of people affected by ATOD issues and/or have promoted health and wellbeing in the Tasmanian community through a reduction of harms associated by ATOD use.
Outstanding Contribution Award Winner: Anne Koops
Launceston City Mission – Missiondale
Anne has been working for the Launceston City Mission since 2009. During this time Anne has represented Missiondale on numerous committees and programs and has made a significant contribution across Missiondale’s operations that has helped the service to expand and grow into the service it is today.
It was evident to the judging panel that Anne is a ‘quiet achiever’ and someone who, for many years, has been a leading contributor in ‘engine-room’ of Missiondale. In particular, Anne’s commitment to improving the collection and analysis of information and statistics for Missiondale has been instrumental in helping the organisation to increase and secure additional funding. Anne has also clearly been a steady hand that over the years that has ensured the smooth transition of many Tasmanians who have spent time at the Missiondale service.
Outstanding Contribution Award Finalist: Eddie Everett
Launceston City Mission – Missiondale
As a past participant in the Missiondale program and currently employed as a case worker – Eddie has been involved with the organisation for almost 15 years. During this time he has made a significant contribution across a range of programs, and is known for his work ethic and passion for the people that he supports.
Individual Award for Excellence
This award recognises an individual that has demonstrated excellence in ATOD work in Tasmania. Individuals will have conducted their professional practice with empathy, skill and knowledge while showing a strong commitment to the guiding principles of the awards.
Individual Award for Excellence Winner: Cherie Eustace
Cherie is a health and wellbeing addictions practitioner who has been working in the ATOD sector for over a decade. Cherie has been a strong advocate for those she supports, and is credited with coming up with the concept of the dedicated alcohol and other drug hotline that Anglicare Tasmania launched during COVID, which has supported more than 100 Tasmanians since it began.
It was evident from Cherie’s nomination that she is having an impact on those that she works with and her organisation. Described as a ‘champion’ of the clients she works with, and a ‘crusader against stigma and discrimination’ the panel were impressed with the strength of her advocacy and commitment to finding different avenues to get information and support to those who need it. Cherie’s idea and efforts to help establish the alcohol and drug hotline has meant that many Tasmanians, who may not have accessed a service before, are now receiving support and information.
Individual Award for Excellence Finalist: Brent Duggan
Launceston City Mission, Serenity House
Brent is a support worker at Serenity House and has been described as a ‘friendly and down-to-earth’ worker.
Brent’s gentle non-judgmental approach and work with the SMART Recovery Program has helped many to discover their own strengths and potential to develop strategies to rebuild their lives.
Minister’s Emerging Leader Award
The Honourable Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, is committed to recognising the achievements of emerging leaders in the ATOD sector. This award recognises an individual worker who is in their first five years in the sector who excels in their work, making a visible difference to their organisation and inspiring others. 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.
Minister’s Emerging Leader Award Winner: Kyle Perry
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania
Kyle is currently the consumer representative coordinator for the ATDC’s consumer representative service. Prior to stepping into that role he was a case manager for Velocity Pathways Transformations. The panel was impressed that it was a consumer representative who nominated Kyle (without Kyle knowing). The testimonial of the consumer representative clearly demonstrated the visible difference Kyle is having, and how he is inspiring others.
Over the past six months Kyle has also led the growth of the consumer representative service, substantially increasing the number of Tasmanians with a lived experience of alcohol and other drugs to access training and contribute as consumer representatives on sector and government projects and consultations. We congratulate Kyle for the great work he is doing in this role. He is clearly having an impact on those he is supporting, and his great work is demonstrating the positive impact that can happen when we invest in strengthening the volume of the voices of consumers – work that is setting the foundation for the future independent consumer organisation for our sector.
Organisation/Program Award for Excellence
This award recognises an organisation/program that has demonstrated excellence in ATOD work in Tasmania. The program/organisation will have shown a strong commitment to the guiding principles of the awards and will have produced clear outcomes for people with ATOD issues.
Organisation/Program Award for Excellence Winner: ATDC
Ali and her team at the ATDC have been strong advocates for the ATDC sector, especially over the last 18 months during the global pandemic. The ATDC’s representation of the sector has been wide ranging. At all times with a focus on improving the ATOD sector and improving the experiences of those with a lived experience of ATOD use.
The nomination for the ATDC highlighted Ali’s leadership as a particular strength, but also recognised that each of the staff has also contributed to the success of the organisation. The scope and impact of work that the ATDC has delivered in recent years is extensive. Ranging from their anti-stigma work, their continued workforce development, position papers and advocacy, regional meetings and representing the sector on multiple government committees and working groups.
The leadership of the ATDC in 2020 during a global pandemic is of particular note. The organisation communicated regularly with its members and the ATOD sector and worked to advocate for the needs of direct client services who were experiencing increased demands for services whilst also navigating a new way of working. Their advocacy for consumers through the continued push for a much overdue dedicated and funded AOD consumer organisation is another example of why the panel chose the ATDC as the winner of this award.
Organisation/Program Award for Excellence Finalist: wungana makuminya
Drug Education Network, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
The DEN and TAC project demonstrated all of the principles inherent to the ATOD Awards. It demonstrated working in partnership to enhance the skills of people working in direct clinical care and build AOD knowledge and capacity in a sustainable way, whilst acknowledging and respecting culture.
This project was a way of working within culture to support change and the level of skill enhancement has had a flow on effect to enhance AOD skills when working with Tasmania’s first people.
Tasmanian ATOD Awards Nominees
The excellence and dedication of so many in our sector over the past three years was evident by the record number of nominations received. The judging panel congratulate each nominee on being recognised and inspired by their peers in the Tasmanian ATOD sector.
Organisations / Programs
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tas
Mission2aFuture (Launceston City Mission)
rullanih Teggana AOD Program (South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation)
wungana makuminya (Drug Education Network, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre)
Anne Koops (Launceston City Mission)
Brent Duggan (Launceston City Mission)
Cherie Eustace (Anglicare Tasmania)
Eddie Everett (Launceston City Mission)
Fiona Faulkner (Alcohol and Drug Service)
Jessica Riley (Youth, Family and Community Connections)
Kyle Perry (Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania)
Linda McLachlan (Launceston City Mission)
Marion Barbari (City Mission)
Maurice Dawe (Drug Education Network)
Nancy Thomas (Youth, Family and Community Connections)
Tiana Bean (Alcohol and Drug Service)