DrugAction N S W C O M M U N I T Y D R U G S T R A T E G I E S AUTUMN/WINTER 2005 ISSN 1445-0097 N E W S L E T T E R Mums Against Drugs launched at Bolton Point Late last year, John Della Bosca, about drug issues. Special Minister of State launched The achievements of the Mums Against Drugs the Mums Against Drugs Community CDAT include involvement in the production of Drug Action Team (CDAT) at Bolton a pamphlet on needle stick injury. They have Point Community Hall. developed a directory to help the local community to contact drug and alcohol and The Special Minister of State joined local other health and welfare services. families for a performance by well-known Daniella Chedzey, Chair of the Mums Against Aboriginal band, Local Knowledge, and a Drugs CDAT and organiser of the Project said sausage sizzle. The CDAT formed in “We held a weekend camp which was a response to community concern when a local great success and included a number of child received a needle stick injury. workshops and talks around prevention of Mothers from the Department of Housing drug and alcohol problems. A men’s camp Bolton Point Estate in West Lake Macquarie and a camp for teenagers is planned for early John Della Bosca, Special Minister of State and met in August 2003 to form Mums Against next year and Aboriginal elders will be Daniella Chedzey, Chair of the Mums Against Drugs Drugs in response to community concern significantly involved in activities”. CDAT. Travelling Art Expo GOULBURN YOUNG YASS BEGA NAROOMA A group of South East CDATs from Young, Yass, Bega and Narooma. The Yass The theme of the artwork from Young is Goulburn, Yass, Young and Bega, together project, titled Beat Graffiti, has engaged care for yourself, care for your environment with the South Coast Aboriginal Drug and local young people. Assisted by local artist with the message that just as the Alcohol Committee joined to produce a Kylie Ramsey, they produced three panels environment should not be harmed by Travelling Art Expo. Supported by NSW using graffiti as the art medium. Goulburn polluting waterways, the body shouldn’t be Premier’s Department, the Art Expo opened contributed ten pieces of art work, produced harmed with alcohol or drugs. in Goulburn on March 2, before touring to in local workshops. Ray Olsen (Goulburn Chair) and Paul Stephenson Jennifer Lamb (Goulburn Regional Art Gallery) and Hank Doll (Young CDAT Chair) and Joy Cornish (Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor) at the Goulburn launch. Rosemary Cosgrove (Southern Area Health Service (Community Artist and CDAT member) with one of the and CDAT member) at the Goulburn launch. Young CDAT murals at the Young opening. Editorial Youth Week April 2005 Welcome to the Autumn-Winter 2005 edition of Drug Action. Community Drug Action Teams skateboarding and information stalls,” were actively involved in helping to said Minister Della Bosca. Youth Week continues to grow in stage Youth Week events across popularity and coverage. CDATs this year supported local youth events yet again, NSW, providing both financial and Lake Macquarie, Northern Wyong building on the achievements of previous hands-on assistance. and the Killarney Vale Bateau Bay and Tumbi Umbi CDATs held Battle of the years. After active involvement in Youth Youth Week is the largest single celebration Bands competitions at drug and alcohol- Week, many CDATs are planning events of young people on the Australian free youth festivals in the Central Coast and activities to coincide with the Alcohol calendar. The aim of Youth Week is to and Hunter areas. Further events will be and Other Drugs Council of Australia’s showcase talented young people, to help run during Drug Action Week in June Drug Action Week 2005 from 20-24 June put forward their ideas and of course to 2005. A regional final will also be held. 2005, (see article on this page). The week have fun. The CDATs have worked closely with provides another excellent opportunity for youth committees and councils to “This year, Community Drug Action CDATs to work with others in their local Teams got behind Youth Week and arrange the events, providing drug and community to promote the achievements provided support to local youth events. alcohol free entertainment for young of those working to reduce alcohol and Activities ranged from band people and access to information on other drug-related harm. competitions and dance parties to services in the area. More than 60 Drugs and Community Action Strategy Special Fund grants have been allocated this year. Many of these grants have been used by CDATs for local alcohol forums, research initiatives and activities for young people. A significant number of grants have also been used for leadership and skill building activities for CDAT members. As the end of the financial year draws near we are reviewing our processes and are planning for the next two years of the program. Our focus will remain on supporting local CDATs and projects such as di@yll. In addition, new community education resources and campaigns will Painting graffiti. be explored. Yvonne Korn, Project Director, Community Drug Strategies Mudgee CDAT’s Youth Week activity Mudgee Drug Action Team their dreams and to record them on a Drug Action (MDAT) was a key sponsor in banner to travel the state. The event was also a showcase for music recorded by Editorial Committee the Mid Western Regional local Mudgee youth from a previous Aileen Ogilive, Pittwater CDAT Council Youth Week Totally MDAT initiative with their own messages Peter Ryan, Orange CDAT Wickid youth event. on the impacts of drugs and alcohol. Liz Junck, Senior Project Manager DCAS MDAT provided prizes for the skate – State-wide Issues During the event young people could competition, distributed information watch a demonstration and “skate off” on impacts of various drugs and alcohol Anjali Boronowskis, Senior Project between some of Australia’s top BMX, in and on available local services and Manager, DCAS Western NSW line skate and skateboard riders, meet the what to do in the case of an emergency Lisa Simone, Senior Project Manager, stars, take part in clinics and in DCAS Illawarra/South East ie. overdose. competitions. Totally Wickid also Amanda Pullinger, Project Manager, CDIS encouraged young people to talk about The event was an outstanding success, Vera Ranki, Project Manager, CDIS LAKE MACQUARIE NORTHERN WYONG KILLARNEY VALE BATEAU BAY TUMBI UMBI HAY YASS KYOGLE 20-24 JUNE 2005 Drug Action Week® is a national week of activities to raise awareness about alcohol and other drug issues and to promote the achievements of those who work to reduce drug related harm. The week also aims to promote public debate about good practice strategies Making jewellery. Trying out colour hair sprays. for reducing drug related harm. In 2004 over 450 events took place Hay CDAT, together with the Hay “Providing drug and alcohol free throughout the country including Shire Council, hosted a concert by alternatives and information is a major 53 activities in New South Wales Melbourne band Simeon to celebrate role of Community Drug Action Teams. arranged by or involving Community Youth Week. It proved to be a great night Youth Week provides an excellent Drug Action Teams. of wholesome entertainment. There opportunity for Community Drug Drug Action Week® 2005 will have were no age restrictions on the event Action Teams to work in partnership activities that inform and involve and the entry was free, to encourage as with local young people and youth communities, educators, individuals, many people to attend as possible. services to address drug and alcohol the media and politicians to reduce issues,” Minister Della Bosca said. drug related harm in Australia. The Yass CDAT had a drug information A number of CDATs also organised Theme days for 2005: stall at the Totally Wickid skate event. motivational speakers at various events ■ Monday 20 June – Young People during the week. Working with the youth services and ■ Tuesday 21 June – Treatment council to run the events, Kyogle Drug and alcohol information and details ■ Wednesday 22 June – Prevention CDAT held a Natural High skate of local services were available at events ■ Thursday 23 June – Indigenous competition and a youth dance event. run by CDATs. Australians ■ Friday 24 June – Consumers and Carers. Drug Action Week® is an initiative of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA). Totally Wickid with approximately 400 young people Drug Action Week® and families crowding into Mudgee kits and posters Skate Park on Saturday April 16 and are available from more than 35 young people ranging ADCA. Kits are from 6 to 25 years taking part in the available from your regional DCAS skate competition. MDAT received office. Otherwise, please go to extensive coverage on the day partly through PA announcements and from www.drugactionweek.org.au/ local print and radio media both leading orderk.html/. up to and after the event. To view CDAT activities from Drug Action Week 2004, go to Photo by courtesy of the Mudgee www.communitybuilders.nsw. Guardian and Weekly. gov.au/drugs_action/daw04.html/. Consulting drug users and their carers In order to gain some accurate WorkshopTM was held for the ‘drug user’ of drug users and how problematic it group in Grafton and a second was for them.” local data to assist with service workshop was held for the ‘family/carer’ provision, the Coffs Harbour “In addition we were much more group in Coffs Harbour. With careful optimistic than drug users or their and Clarence Valley CDATs promotion and the promise of total families about the ease with which we are conducting a major confidentiality, the workshops were well thought someone using drugs could community consultation and attended with 40 participants in Grafton change their circumstances.” and 20 in Coffs Harbour. information project. A comprehensive report of the workshop A unique angle on this consultation findings has been produced. The The CDATs are targeting parents of year methodology was the mandatory CDATs now have a new challenge – 7-9 students; employers; frontline attendance by CDAT members at each how to make sure the findings are workers; the general public; and drug of the workshops. properly considered and used to inform users, including their families and carers “CDAT members were able to hear the their planning and future action. “While it is challenging to identify and experiences of those being immediately The workshops were made possible by access drug users and their families, we and directly affected by harmful illicit the Value Creation Group P/L’s generous felt it was also important to understand drug use. This experience gave them donation of time, technology and their needs as well as the needs of those insights they could not have gained in expertise. The project is funded by working more at the prevention end of any other way,” Andrew said. grants from the Drugs and Community things”, explains Coffs Harbour CDAT “For example, we significantly Action Strategy Special Fund and the Chairperson Andrew Robertson. underestimated the extent to which National Illicit Drugs Strategy In October 2004 a Value Creation illicit drug use has impacted on the lives Community Partnerships Initiative. Resources for CDATs – what’s available? Over the years the Premier’s The Drug Action Toolkit Getting the Best from your CDAT Department has produced a range Provides information to assist CDATs in the Work: Evaluating Plans, Projects of resources to help build the skills areas of project management, consultation and Team Processes of CDATs. With Drug Action Week and community participation. A booklet and a training manual to help coming up, here’s a recap on the CDATs evaluate their work. most popular ones. All can be found on www.communitybuilders. Getting Involved in the Community gov.au/drugs_action/. Drug Information Initiative A booklet to help CDATs organise community events in their localities. It includes checklists Working with the Media Kit for organising More and more CDATs are taking on an active launches and role in the media. This kit outlines: ideas for ■ the role of the media and how it works local events. ■ examples of what is ‘news’ and how to present stories in a way that is “newsworthy” ■ tips on how to respond when approached by the media ■ tips on how to contact the media and promote your story or event ■ steps to establishing a media policy or strategy for your organisation or CDAT. COMMUNITY VOICE Culcairn Holbrook Youth Action Team The Culcairn Holbrook information about alcohol and other drugs, resources. The artwork was created by Year 9 youth issues and local related resources. and 10 students from Billabong High School. Youth Action Team (CHYAT) Although a great deal of information about The calendars were launched and distributed conducted community alcohol and other drugs has been distributed by CHYAT and the Youth Development Team workshops in Culcairn and to the community from state and federal at the Greater Hume Shire’s Culcairn office Holbrook in May 2003. governments and local resources, people just before Christmas. The workshops aimed at giving interested often have not read and/or keep this material. Residents were invited to provide written community members the opportunity to Responding to the challenge, CHYAT feedback outlining what they liked or disliked discuss local drug and alcohol issues and to developed a calendar for 2005 clearly about the calendar and what they felt could identify ways the issues could be addressed. displaying relevant, interesting, useful, improve future calendars. Positive responses Information collected during the workshops positive and/or motivational information about clearly indicated the calendars were very indicated participants wanted more alcohol and other drugs issues and local popular and minimal changes were suggested. Calendar launch, 22 December 2004. Proud of the calendar (photo courtesy of Eastern Riverina Chronicle). Narrabri Junior Speedway Project to highlight drug and alcohol issues The Narrabri Youth Service and The project, originally Narrabri Community Drug funded by NSW Premier’s Department, caught the Action Team have embarked on a eye of NSW Police and new and innovative project that Narrabri Shire Council, aims to increase awareness of both of which also became In the community spirit: The Narrabri Junior Speedway Project – Narrabri drug and alcohol misuse amongst joint funders, providing youth on the wagon. young people. an opportunity for young people aged 14-16 to be involved in Employment Narrabri Shire Council The program provides alcohol and drug delivering a message. Other key partners and Narrabri Aboriginal Lands Council. information while covering all aspects of include the Narrabri Community Drug It is also supported by numerous local preparing and maintaining a speedway Action Team, the Narrabri Youth businesses. Participants of the program car and racing it over the Narrabri Service, Narrabri TAFE, RTA, Narrabri will benefit by developing literacy, Speedway racing season. Speedway Association, Best communications and teamwork skills. Action Around the State girls of the Links to Learning class of Shire, service providers and the 2004 took photos to depict the positive community, providing sponsorships, images of Walgett. The young women prizes and their talent. Over 200 people gained a range of skills, and expressed attended. As a result of the Family Fun their appreciation at being given this Day, Brewarrina CDAT has been asked opportunity. The photographs also have by the community to conduct these been exhibited at community gatherings events regularly. The CDAT plans to and functions. hold four events every year to capture the seasons in Bre – get wet in summer, get active in autumn, get fishing in winter The Albury Wodonga Community and get celebrating in spring. Participants of the Leeton conference. Drug and Alcohol Action Team, in order to promote their work, developed an information booklet. The booklet lets The Tamil Volunteers Project, funded by Building Community Capacity Around Auburn CDAT, was launched with the people know what the CDAT does, how Local Drug Issues – the Riverina/Murray Tamil community at Auburn Town Hall the community can become involved in Region CDAT Conference was held on on 12 December 2004. A group of contributing to reducing the harms 10-11 March 2005 in Yanco. Fifty people volunteers received training about participated in the two day conference created by drug and alcohol misuse. alcohol and other drug issues, services hosted by the Leeton Community Drug and supports and presenting this Action Team. Bourke CDAT has produced information to individuals and groups. fluorescent stubby holders to promote A help card has been produced in Tamil A youth information card has been safe drinking messages. The stubby with telephone numbers for the 24 hour produced to help young people across holders are being distributed through alcohol and drug helpline. The the New England/North West region takeaway outlets in Bourke. Posters volunteers will also help to identify know where they can get help. The promoting the messages were placed in specific issues that the Tamil community youth card lists local and state-wide various licensed premises. Anecdotal may have. support services for young people. The evidence indicates that the strategy has card was produced by the Tamworth caused some serious discussions about The Parramatta/Holroyd CDAT is Community Drug Action Team in alcohol and violence in licensed working with Sydney West Area Health partnership with local services that work premises and across dinner tables around Service Alcohol and Drug Services to with young people. Bourke. Evaluation is to be finalised. promote a 24 hour Drug and Alcohol Help Line through cinema advertising at Walgett CDAT calendar was distributed Brewarrina CDAT held an alcohol free the Parramatta Village Cinemas. The in January. The calendar, titled From a Family Fun Day on 4 December 2004 at helpline provides central intake, referral Girls Eye View, was produced by young the Brewarrina Swimming Pool to get and assessment for drug and alcohol people in Walgett with support from the families together in a safe environment services and also offers information and CDAT, TAFE and Kodak. Supported by to promote healthy lifestyles. The event advice to callers. A particular target will a young Aboriginal photographer, the was supported by local businesses, the be young people. Young Australians the target in new phase of the National Drugs Campaign The Australian Government has with their children about drugs. Three new (including English). launched a new drugs campaign television and cinema advertisements will ■ Non-English speaking background mini- focus on the dangers of using illicit drugs. aimed at preventing young people brochure in 16 languages summarising the The television and cinema campaign will be using illicit drugs. supported by a number of other education key issues and directing parents to sources materials. of further information. This prevention campaign will educate young people about the risks and negative The campaign will also be supported by the ■ Campaign web site and youth-specific consequences of illicit drug use – in particular, following resources: youth web site www.drugs.health.gov.au/. the harm caused by using cannabis, ecstasy ■ Youth booklet and wallet card. Resources can be ordered through the and amphetamines. ■ Youth posters reflecting the three website. The campaign includes print and television youth commercials. ■ A free information line (1800 250 015) advertisements, encouraging parents to talk ■ Parents’ booklet in 17 languages answered by the Department’s call centre. Are You Responsible? Alcohol awareness campaign launched The Forster Tuncurry Community Drug Action Team launched the Are You Responsible? campaign at the Tuncurry Senior Campus on Thursday 16 December. “The advertisement was screened on Prime and NBN as well as running at film screenings at the Great Lakes Cinema throughout this summer,” said Chloe Beevers, Great Lakes Council Community Development Officer. “Summer is a peak time of the year for underage drinking and alcohol related injuries. This campaign was designed to raise The Forster Tuncurry Community Drug Action Team. awareness and to educate adults about their responsibilities ensuring that we can all have a Commotion by the Ocean. happen to them if they drink too much,” fun and safe holiday season,” Ms Beevers said. Tara Steele, one of the young people involved Ms Steele said. Local young people were involved in in making the advertisement said “It was The Are You Responsible? campaign received developing the concept and acted in the rewarding and really interesting how an ad financial support from the Forster Tuncurry production. New Moon Productions worked is made.” Memorial Services Club, Great Lakes Council, with the young people to develop the “The ad will make young people think more NSW Premier’s Department and the Mid North advertisement and organised local drug and about what they are doing and what could Coast Area Health Service. alcohol free events such as the recent Community Alcohol Chairing and Action Forum Team Leadership Workshop A Community Alcohol Action Forum will be held on 1 June 2005 for all CDATs in the Sydney metropolitan A Chairing and Team knowledge and skills in the area of area. Geoff Munro from the team leadership. Australian Drug Foundation will talk Leadership Workshop was about the national Community hosted in Parramatta on Participant evaluations indicated Alcohol Action Network (CAAN). that the session efficiently met the 15 March 2005. expectations of all attendees and The idea of the forum is to provide a context for why CDATs should The training was attended by CDAT highlighted certain aspects of the consider community action around Chairpersons, Deputy Chairpersons training that were particularly alcohol issues and to showcase and other interested CDAT useful including the importance examples of programs and initiatives members from across South Western of preparation and taking in a range of areas related to alcohol. and Western Sydney Region. initiative, strategies to attract and The forum will be free of charge to interest community representatives The workshop, which was presented CDAT members. and techniques for resolving by Paul Van Reyk, was a fun and difficult issues. For more information contact interactive training session that Emily Dempster for Coastal Sydney aimed to increase confidence and All participants reported looking on (02) 9228 3723 or Renae Taciak skills in chairing meetings and also forward to implementing the strategies for Western/South Western Sydney provided useful foundation they learned. on (02) 8836 4962. New study of Australian do and say when working with people For more information: C D AT R E S O U R C E S secondary school students’ to help reduce alcohol related harm. If you would like more information about any of use of drugs and alcohol The content is structured according to these Government responses to community drug the priority topics that frontline A report released on 24 November issues, contact the Central Office, your regional workers have identified, such as: 2004, titled Australian secondary school office (see below), or visit the website interventions, low risk drinking, safe students use of alcohol in 2002, studied www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au. Drugs choices, medicines with alcohol, other 25,000 students aged 12 to 17. The and Community Action Strategy staff provide drugs with alcohol, sexual assault, report found that almost 90 per cent additional resources that explain the Strategies supporting families and carers, of Australia’s secondary school children and the work of the Community Drug Action treatment, counselling, pregnancy and have consumed alcohol, and a quarter Teams in more detail. breastfeeding – among others. has used cannabis. However, according to the Report, smoking has dropped to The handbook also features website Central Office its lowest level in 20 years. addresses, phone numbers, resources and services – pages are designed to be General Inquiries For the series, Australian Secondary Community Drug Strategies photocopied to give to clients. It has Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey, see Ph: (02) 9228 3731 Fax: (02) 9228 5517 tabbed sections for quick reference. www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/. For information contact: Regional Offices Don Keast, Broken Hill Department DCAS North Coast of Rural Health Librarian, on Ph: (02) 6648 7230 Fax: (02) 6648 7232 2004 National Drug Strategy (08) 8080 1210 or email: Household Survey: First results firstname.lastname@example.org DCAS New England/North West NSW Ph: (02) 6771 4827 Fax: (02) 6771 3658 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released the 2004 National DCAS Western NSW Drug Strategy Household Survey, titled Ph: (02) 6881 6377 Fax: (02) 6884 7405 Kooridruginfo.adf.org.au First results. The summary data The Australian Drug Foundation’s DCAS Hunter/Central Coast represents Australia’s most DrugInfo Clearinghouse, with funding Newcastle comprehensive national survey on drug Ph: (02) 4927 8799 Fax: (02) 4927 8798 issues. It gives key results on drug- from the Victorian Premiers Drug Gosford related awareness, knowledge, attitudes Prevention Council, has been working Ph: (02) 4337 2311 Fax: (02) 4324 2698 and behaviour. 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The Ph: (02) 4224 9903 Fax: (02) 4229 5370 Tel: 1800 020103 x 8654 website is specifically for indigenous Queanbeyan Fax: (02) 6289 8360 workers who work in the alcohol and Ph: (02) 6297 6911 Fax: (02) 6297 9505 Email: email@example.com other drug and related fields. On line: http://www.aihw.gov.au/ DCAS Riverina/Murray publications/index.cfm/title/10122/. Ph: (02) 6021 1455 Fax: (02) 6023 8166 MAILING LIST Please put me on the mailing list – return slip Alcohol Handbook Name: The Alcohol Handbook for Frontline Workers is an essential everyday resource Organisation: to make alcohol intervention easier. Address: Postcode: This A5 size, 180 page illustrated Fax: handbook offers straightforward, practical information and advice about Telephone: alcohol use and misuse. 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