2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards

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

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

These prestigious awards were established in 2004 and this year they are auspiced by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

The Awards are open to all people and organisations working across the health and wellbeing sectors in Australia. Regardless of your role within the health and wellbeing sectors, there is a category to suit you.

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 (1st January 2018 – 30 March 2019) cannot be considered.
  5. The selection panel may choose to present an award for excellence and an award for innovation in appropriate categories.

Nominations for the awards open on 15 April 2019 and will formally close at midnight on 4th June 2019.

The awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne on 24th June 2019.

Nomination forms

Education plays a key role in preventing alcohol and other drug problems and this Award recognises the important work that can support young people to navigate the confusing alcohol and other drugs space.

The First Australians Award recognises an individual, organisation, program or community that has made a significant and/or meaningful commitment and contribution to preventing and/or minimising alcohol and other drug related harms in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

This Award recognises the important role the media plays in shaping and informing community knowledge and perceptions around alcohol and other drug issues. Nominations in this category can come from traditional media (news), social media or digital campaigns and are required to illustrate how the activity has informed and shaped community knowledge and perceptions of alcohol and other drug issues.

This category recognises programs, policies and/or resources that make a significant contribution in preventing drug use and drug-related harm.

The Reduction of Harm category recognises individuals, organisations, programs, policies and/or resources that have made a significant contribution to harm reduction efforts.

The Research category recognises the importance of research within the AOD sector and its relevance and benefit to the community as a whole. Nominations in this category must add practical value to alcohol and other drugs practices, be robust in their design and methodology, meet the ethical standards for research practice, be effectively disseminated and show evidence of impact/translation.

This category recognises an individual, organisation, program or service that has made a significant contribution to treatment and support efforts designed to assist Australians who have been impacted by alcohol and other drugs use.

The National Honour Roll recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable time period, to the alcohol and other drugs field. This is our opportunity to acknowledge and publicly recognise the exceptional work which done by people who work tirelessly in this sector.