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State Substance Use conference with ADAC & Grannies Group

Monday 19th Thursday 22nd May 2008 Members of ADAC joined with the Grannies to talk about what we have done and how we can assist each other there were a number of recommendations that came out of the State meeting.

Conference Objectives:Outcome
ADAC Objective:
To discuss and understand the current environmentACHIEVEDThe current environment was explored with ample opportunity to clarify thoughts and interact with others in the same or similar fields of work. Perspectives were given the Commonwealth, the State, regional and local presenters with special emphasis given to locals such as the Grannies Group.
To explore key strategic issues and risks, and ways of addressing themACHIEVED
To discuss and clarify the roles and responsibilities, and the relationships within the sectorACHIEVED
To provide information about OATSIH directions and expectations in substance use.ACHIEVEDOATSIH commonwealth and state addressed conference providing an overview of their plan for addressing substance use and how funds were to be implemented to achieve this. Emphasis was given to funding programs in remote / isolated communities. This had a mixed reception depending on where conference participants came from.
To share information and raise awareness of the Substance Misuse in the Aboriginal communityACHIEVED Conference was able to share experiences and gain an understanding of how substance misuse was impacting across Aboriginal communities.
To promote community consultation on the topic of Community Resilience of Substance MisuseACHIEVED Community were consulted as part of the work of the conference.
To encourage local level communities to become proactive in Substance MisuseACHIEVED Local level communities participated actively in the conference and were exposed to strategies and methods for gaining assistance in dealing with substance misuse.
Grannies Group Objectives:
To work together on finding new ways forward for tackling issues on substance misuse. The Forum will increase the capacity to do more and be more innovative, using a Whole of Government approach, working with local level community to identified service provision needs and gaps, to discuss and develop local level resource required to meet those needs and gaps.ACHIEVED Refer recommendations for strategies in dealing with substance misuse.
This Forum will be important for local community Networks in driving and developing local solutions to the direction of the whole of government response to the prevention of Substance Misuse.ACHIEVED Conference were exposed to the proactive work of the Grannies Group which provided inspiration to engage and tackle substance misuse at the local level. Conference participants were encouraged and reassured that they all had a role to play in tackling substance misuse.
The funders of the event are to use this Forum as part of our planning process for Country Networks ACHIEVED Opportunities arose for interested parties to network and exchange ideas pertaining to substance misuse in country regions.
The Grannies Group, support by the Department of Justice, Aboriginal Justice & Communications Unit will host the Forum, in conjunction with the South Australian Peek Drug and Alcohol services.ACHIEVED Delivered at the conference.
To share information and raise awareness of the Substance Misuse in the Aboriginal community.ACHIEVED Launching the Grannies Group DVD and their session was inspirational. It demonstrated how devastating the effects are on Aboriginal users, their families and the community.
To promote community consultation on the topic of Community Resilience of Substance Misuse ACHIEVED Through adhoc discussions and sessions woven across the conference.
To encourage local levelcommunities to become proactive in Substance MisuseACHIEVEDRefer recommendations.


State Substance Use conference with ADAC & Grannies Group