Welcome to the first ATDC member update for the Reform Agenda for the Alcohol and other Drug Sector in Tasmania.
What’s been happening?
Business Case for an independent lived experience organisation for Tasmania’s AOD sector
I would like to thank all of our members who made valuable contributions to ‘The Time is Now’: The Business Case for an Independent Lived Experience Organisation for Tasmania’s Alcohol and other Drug Sector. This was submitted in October 2022 to the State Department of Treasury and Finance and is the key priority for the community-managed sector for the 2023-24 State Budget. The ATDC expects to hear the outcome of the submission in May.
Reform Agenda Program Control Group
All Reform Projects are guided and endorsed by members of the AOD Reform Program Control Group. After a five-month hiatus, these bi-monthly meetings recommenced in November 2022 with an expanded membership that includes representation from three ATDC member organisations and one Lived Experience Advocate. For more information on the AOD Reform Program Control Group, please contact Greg.
Toward an Implementation Plan: ‘Next Steps’ Consultation
The Department of Health, Tasmania, on behalf of the Tasmanian Government, wants to hear from people within the AOD sector to understand priorities and suggestions for implementing the remaining key actions with the Reform Agenda. Zoe Bok and Kayley Luttrell from the AOD Reform Team have proposed the following staged consultation plan to draft an Implementation Plan.
Stage 1 – February Consultations Small Focus Group and team meetings online in February
Stage 2 – March Consultations Three large regional workshops in the North, North-West and South in March
Stage 3- 2023-24 Implementation Plan Implementation Plan to be finalised and 2024-25 Investment Brief (drafted)
The purpose of these consultations is to reintroduce the AOD Reform Agenda, acknowledge progress made to date, and gain an excellent contemporary understanding of sector priorities of the remaining key actions within the AOD Reform Agenda. These consultations will inform the Implementation Plan that is slated to be drafted in June and July.
Guidelines for Lived Experience Participation in Reform Projects
Following the development of the Business Case for the independent lived experience organisation, the ATDC will now lead one of five reform projects titled the ‘Lived Experience Representation Project’. This document will provide guidelines for how all current and future AOD Reform Project can best engage the voices of people with lived experience of alcohol and other drugs. Following feedback from the Lived Experience Advocate Service, the guidelines will go to the Project Control Group for comment and endorsement in late February.
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Reform Agenda 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 brings his artistic sensibility to his role, quietly radiating intelligence and creativity. He is witty and sharp, but has a steady and reliable nature that the team greatly appreciates. Greg’s skills and experience in working with a broad range of people means he is insightful and sensitive, and can adapt to the various daily experiences his role presents in an authentic way. Integrity is important to him, and this shows in his honesty and kind critiques of others when necessary – leading to strong and trusting relationships. Greg would love to see a legitimate platform for people who have lived experience to be heard, and for this to lead to positive change in our society. He also hopes for a future where uncertainty in our community leaders isn’t seen as a weakness, and curiosity is valued over immediate decision-making. Career highlights:
- Writing the business case for the independent lived experience organisation for the alcohol and other drug sector in Tasmania for the ATDC
- Being the founding studio manager of Spinifex Hill Studio in the Pilbara region of Western Australia