‘Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things bought together’.
Everyone knows I love a good quote, and this quote from Vincent Van Gogh is the perfect way to explain the work that the ATDC has been progressing over the past couple of years to increase opportunities for Tasmanians with a lived experience of alcohol and other drugs to have their say into how services are designed and delivered.
For those familiar with the work that we have been doing, they would be aware that the ‘great thing’ that we are striving towards is an independent consumer organisation that represents, supports and provides services with and for Tasmanians with a lived experience of alcohol and other drugs.
It’s the ‘holy grail’ that many people before us have worked hard to make a reality” and we recognise the contributions of Tasmanian Users Health and Support League, now Ideal Voices as well as Advocacy Tasmania and their Consumer Reference Group in this area. We wish to build on the work already done and there are a series of small things’ that are being bought together to help us get there – captured in our ATDC Consumer Strategy.
Our strategy focuses on three key areas of importance. The first is providing support to Tasmanian alcohol and other drug service providers to increase the number of opportunities for people with a lived experience to be involved in the planning and delivery of the services they receive. In this edition of eNews we introduce you to Greg Taylor who has joined the ATDC team in the role of Consumer Engagement Project Officer and over the next two years this will be his core focus (see more information on Greg below!).
The second focus is providing support to those Tasmanians with a lived experience who wish to become consumer representatives. Over the past 18 months the ATDC has been nurturing a fledging group of consumer representatives and we are currently recruiting for a Consumer Representative Coordinator to provide ongoing support this group (see below for more information).
The third focus is our ongoing advocacy and collaboration with our colleagues in the Tasmanian Government and across the community with most of these discussions have been happening in workshops, meetings and planning sessions. Although a very ‘bureaucratic’ process, the importance and impact of these discussions can never be downplayed. It has been through the collective championing of our government and community colleagues that we have been able to secure the necessary funding to recruit Greg and the Consumer Representative Coordinator.
Each of these ‘small steps’ are moving us forward towards the goal in our Consumer Strategy, which are all steps in the right direction to improving the lives of Tasmanians impacted by alcohol and other drugs.
Chief Executive Officer
Lived Experience Participation OfficerGreg is highly experienced in the visual arts and community development sectors. He helped establish the Spinifex Hill Studio in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and has worked around the country as a freelance producer.Read more✖
Greg is highly experienced in the visual arts and community development sectors. He helped establish the Spinifex Hill Studio in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and has worked around the country as a freelance producer. He has a Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Greg can be contacted on 03 6231 5002 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org