Education plays a key role in preventing alcohol and other drug harms. This award recognises the important educational work that can support people to navigate the confusing alcohol and other drugs space.
Awarded to Wodonga Council and Dutch Media for their Who’s it Gonna Hurt? campaign.
Who’s it Gonna Hurt? is a creative campaign aimed at minimising risky drinking for males in the City of Wodonga. Organisers used community consultation to determine the key drivers of alcohol use, resulting in messages around how alcohol can hurt your health, your wallet and your family.
The award was accepted by Claire Taylor, Manager of Community Planning and Well-being, Wodonga Council.
This category celebrates 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.
Awarded to Craig Holloway of Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
Over the last twenty-two years, Craig Holloway has tirelessly advocated with both government and non-government stakeholders to influence policy and lead change to address AOD issues within Victoria and nationally. A proud Yorta Yorta man, Craig has spent most of his working life in Aboriginal organisations. Cultural safety and cultural overlay have underpinned all areas of Craig’s work.
This category acknowledges individuals, organisations, programs, policies and/or resources that have made a significant contribution to harm reduction efforts.
Awarded to North Richmond Community Health: Medically Supervised Injecting Room (VIC).
Currently being trialled at the North Richmond Community Health Centre, the medically supervised injecting room is a safe place where people can inject drugs in a supervised health setting that allows for staff members to respond immediately to adverse reactions. It offers clients access to other health services like mental health support, drug treatment, wound care and blood testing.
The award was accepted by Dr Nico Clark, Medical Director of Medically Supervised Injecting Room.
The Media Award acknowledges the important role media plays in shaping and informing community knowledge and perceptions around alcohol and other drug issues. Nominations were open to traditional media (news), social media or digital campaigns that had informed and shaped community knowledge and perceptions of alcohol and other drug issues.
Awarded to Uniting: Fair Treatment Campaign (NSW).
Launched by Uniting in October 2018, the Fair Treatment campaign was developed to advocate for the decriminalisation of the possession of small amounts of drugs and expand treatment services in rural and regional areas. A documentary called Half a Million Steps ran as part of the campaign detailing the walk that 100 campaign supporters took from Dubbo to Sydney to highlight the lack of treatment services in rural and regional areas.
The award was accepted by Emma Maiden, Head of Advocacy at Uniting.
The Primary Prevention Award recognises programs, policies and/or resources that make a significant contribution in preventing alcohol and other drug use and related harm.
Preventure Australia, based at The Matilda Centre.
Adapted from the successful Preventure program developed in Canada, Preventure Australia targets adolescents exhibiting one of four personality traits identified as robust risk factors for substance use and psychopathology. Preventure has demonstrated reduced alcohol consumption, binge drinking, likelihood of initiating illegal drug use, frequency of drug use and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and delayed initiation of alcohol use and binge drinking.
The award was accepted by Lucy Grummitt, Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate at The Matilda Centre, University of Sydney.
The Research Award celebrates the importance of research within the alcohol and other drug sector and its relevance and benefit to the community as a whole.
Menzies School of Health Research - Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling Team.
Menzies School of Health Research is a national and global leader in Indigenous health and tropical health. It has been undertaking evaluation, research and capacity building activities that support current alcohol policy reforms in the Northern Territory. The Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Gambling (AODG) Unit has focused its efforts on applied and collaborative research and evaluation projects that support policy and practice improvements at the local level.
The award was accepted by Prof James Smith - Father Frank Flynn Fellow (Harm Minimisation) and Head of the AODG Research Team, Menzies School of Health.
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 drug use.
Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC): Peer Workforce Development Program.
Established in 1995, the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) provides support for individuals, families and communities affected by dependency and related problems. SHARC established Peer Projects in 2014 to provide a dedicated effort in leading peer workforce development in the AOD treatment sector.
The award was accepted by Heather Pickard, CEO of Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC).
This category celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable time period, to the alcohol and other drugs field. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and publicly recognise the exceptional commitment and dedication of people who work tirelessly in this sector.
Geoffrey Munro, Policy Manager, Alcohol and Drug Foundation
Geoffrey Munro left his position as a secondary school teacher 35 years ago to take up a role in drug education with the Health Department. Subsequently, he has worked at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for nearly three decades, specialising in drug prevention and community development. He has led numerous community-based projects, edited a specialist book on school drug education, contributed book chapters on primary prevention, published on policy and practice in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at conferences, drug summits and parliamentary inquiries. His current role involves policy development and advocacy at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.
Geoff's contribution to the AOD field is undeniable. Excellent advocate and fearless advisor to government, and research sectors. Geoff has extensive and high-level expert involvement in policy, practice and research in the AOD field for 28 years. His contribution has been substantial, ongoing and meaningful.