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2017 Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards

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What?

The 2017 Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards encourage, recognise and celebrate the achievements of the incredible people and organisations that do exceptional work to reduce the harm and impact of alcohol and other drugs in Australia.

The Alcohol and other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards (National AOD Awards) are supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation and the Australian Government.

There is terrific work and important innovative practices happening in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector that benefit the entire community and we want these to be shared and celebrated.

The National Alcohol and other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards commenced in 2004 and were established by the Alcohol and Other Drug Council of Australia, Australian National Council on Drugs, Ted Noffs Foundation and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (formerly the Australian Drug Foundation).

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Why?

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) and the Australian Government know how important it is to acknowledge and reward the people and organisations who demonstrate excellence and innovation in their commitment to building a healthier future for our Nation.

We want to promote the nominated organisations as leaders within the AOD field, building their reputation and credibility within their communities.

We want to raise awareness across the country about effective projects and initiatives which are having a positive impact in the prevention and reduction of AOD harms.

Who can enter?

The National AOD Awards are open to all people and organisations working across the health and wellbeing sectors in Australia.

The Awards are designed for all sectors within the health and wellbeing industry. There are categories to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations.

Each category has its own eligibility requirements, but there are some general rules and principles to keep in mind.

  1. The work must have taken place in Australia.
  2. Entrants may enter more than one category but must complete a submission for each category separately.
  3. If your entry mentions a particular organisation, you must have permission from the organisation to mention them – and this should be accompanied by a letter of support.
  4. With the exception of the National Honour Roll, work or achievements outside (2015 – 3/4/2017) cannot be considered.
  5. The selection panel may choose to present an award for excellence and an award for innovation in appropriate categories.

When?

Nominations for the National AOD Awards are open now and close at midnight 22 May 2017.

The awards ceremony will be held in Canberra, on 16 June 2017.

How to enter

To enter the National AOD Awards email your submission to aodawards@adf.org.au. Ensure your submission correctly addresses the criteria for the category you are nominating for. You can nominate yourself, your organisation, someone else or a different organisation.

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Categories

Prime Minister’s Award

The Prime Minister’s Award recognises an individual as having made a significant commitment and contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of drug and alcohol use. Only individuals can be nominated for this award.

Judging Criteria

Please highlight how the individual has made a significant commitment and contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drugs use in Australia. A Curriculum Vitae for the nominee should also be provided.

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page

Law Enforcement and Supply Reduction

This award recognises a program, policy or resource that makes a significant contribution to law enforcement efforts designed to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol and other drug use. This award includes broad based policing and other criminal justice interventions at any level which demonstrably enhances the capacity of the community and/or the health sector to impact on alcohol and other drug use.

Judging criteria –
that the program, policy or resource is:

  • Based on a demonstrated need
  • Includes an appropriate level of consultation
  • Demonstrates a measurable positive impact

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.

Prevention and Education

There are two different criteria for this award, the criteria used will be determined by the type of nomination. Please choose which criteria best supports your nomination.

Option One

This award recognises a program, policy or resource that makes a significant contribution to the prevention and any type of drug use or drug-related harm. This award is not just limited to alcohol and other drug specific interventions, it includes broad based prevention programs aimed at addressing risk and protective factors and building resilience, which can be demonstrated to impact on alcohol and other drugs use.

Judging criteria –
that the program, policy or resource is:

  • Based on good practice and/or research (is evidence-based, is appropriately targeted and sustainable)
  • Based on a demonstrated need
  • Developed with the target audience and other key stakeholders
  • Evaluated and found to have a measurable impact.

Option Two

This award recognises the school that demonstrates innovation and successful outcomes in school drug education to address drug and alcohol issues. ‘School drug education’ encompasses all policies, practices, programmes and initiatives/events in schools connected with the prevention and reduction of drug-related harm. The award is open to schools in all sectors: primary and secondary levels; and government and non-government schools. Schools need to address the Australian Government Principles for School Drug Education within their nomination.

Judging criteria –
the 12 principles used are:

  • School practice based in evidence
  • A whole school approach
  • Clear educational outcomes
  • Safe and supportive environment
  • Positive and collaborative relationships
  • Culturally appropriate and targeted drug education
  • Recognition of risk and protective factors
  • Consistent policy and practice
  • Timely programs within a curriculum framework
  • Programs delivered by teachers
  • Interactive strategies and skills development
  • Credible and meaningful learning activities

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.

Treatment and Support

This award recognises a treatment or support program or service that makes a significant contribution to law enforcement efforts designed to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol and other drug use. This award includes board based policing and other criminally justice interventions at any level which demonstrably enhances the capacity of the community and/or the health sector to impact on alcohol and other drug use.

Judging criteria –
that the program or service is:

  • Based on established scientific evidence
  • Able to provide evidence of consumer input into program and organisational policies and practices
  • Committed to process and outcome evaluation – both internal and external – and contributing to the broader scientific discourse around best practice services
  • Designed to address a current gap in knowledge or service delivery
  • Endeavouring to provide a creative solution to a problem/service gap and fostering a culture that promotes innovation
  • Going above and beyond business as usual

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.

Reduction of Harm

This award recognises a program, policy or resource that makes a significant contribution to harm reduction efforts. This award includes broad based policies and programs, as well as community level interventions which demonstrably protects the health of the community and/or enhances the capacity of the health sector to address some of the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use.

Judging criteria –
that the program, policy or resource is:

  • Based on an identified need
  • Includes an appropriate level of consultation, particularly with affected communities
  • Demonstrates a clear reduction in harm

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.

Research

Nominations in this category should be supported by sound evidence which recognises the significance of the research and its relevance and benefit to the community as a whole.

Judging criteria –
please detail how the body of research:

  • Is contributing and adding practical value to alcohol and other drug practice
  • Is of sound design and method
  • Meets ethical standards for research practice
  • Is being effectively disseminated
  • Provide details of support which recognises the importance of this research within the AOD field.

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.

Media Reporting

This award recognises the important role that the media plays in informing and shaping the community’s knowledge and perceptions on drug issues. It may be given to an individual journalist or a media organisation (print, radio or television), either regional or metropolitan. The award can be given for an individual media piece, or for a series of pieces over a period of time.

Judging criteria –
address the following points

  • Informing and shaping community knowledge and perceptions of alcohol and drug issues
  • How was the storyline developed and researched
  • Relevance of interviews and impact achieved by article/program
  • Accurate information about alcohol and other drugs and their harms
  • Program and press articles aired/published on or after 1 December 2009

After completing your online nomination, send four labelled copies of your piece/s (photocopy, audiotape, CD/DVD or video tape) to the address detailed on the nomination form.

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.

First Australians Award

The First Australians Award recognises an individual/community as having made a significant and/or meaningful commitment and contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Judging criteria

Please highlight how the individual/community has made a significant and/or meaningful commitment and contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drugs use in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Judging criteria –
other considerations

  • Was the effort collaborative with communities and other key stakeholders
  • Culturally appropriate in design and implementation
  • Were efforts evaluation and found to have a measurable impact on alcohol and other drug use
  • Did efforts contribute to increasing community awareness and perceptions on alcohol and other drug issues.

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.

National Honour Roll

A National Honour Roll for individuals who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable time period, to the alcohol and other drug field has been established to acknowledge and publicly recognise the exceptional work which is done by some people who have worked tirelessly over a number of years in this sector.

Judging criteria

The judging criteria for nominations will be restricted to those who have made an outstanding contribution to addressing alcohol and other drug issues over a substantial period of time. Nominations may be made for people who are or are currently working directly in the alcohol and other drug field, or in the many related fields.

It is expected that the number of inductees into the Alcohol and Other Drug Honour Roll will be limited to ensure it only truly acknowledges those that have made a sustained and significant contribution.

The short statement outlining the rationale for a nomination should not exceed 100 words, with the text for each judging criteria being kept to no more than half an A4 page.


Judging

Independent panels will be convened for each category with invitations extended to experts within each field to lend a hand in selecting the winners.

Programs and employees of the ADF are not eligible for the National AOD Awards.

More information

For more information or to ask a question about the National AOD Awards, please contact the ADF.