The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) inc.

March 2010 Directors Editorial - 31 Mar 2010

March 2010 Directors Editorial
ADAC Director Editorial will provide a highlight section of the key areas that ADAC had involvement in that month.

Highlight for the month of March include the following:
ADAC sold over $11,000 of ADAC produced substance abuse resources in March to a range of services across Australia.

ADAC were invited by the organizers of National Youth week if we could coordinate the Indigenous component of the launch, which for the first time will be launched in a regional community and urban simultaneously. This year it will be held at Victor Harbor and Parramatta on the week beginning Saturday 10th April 2010.

ADAC staff were invited by the NT office of OATSIH to attend their state substance use workshop in Alice Springs on week of 22nd March. ADAC staff delivered a workshop on health promotions and in particular ADAC produced substance. This was well received by the 80 odd attendees from substance use services across the NT.

ADAC were invited to participate in the Review Of The Alcohol And Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS). The Review of the AODTS-NMDS is intended to explore the current utility of the collection as an information source for drug services policy; to ascertain data gaps and canvass options for future development of the collection.

The scope of the Review will include an investigation of:
1. Alignment with current strategies and initiatives, nationally and in each state and territory;
2. Efficacy in meeting policy objectives and monitoring;
3. Limitations of the collection and supporting/complementary data sets;
4. Prospects for data development;
5. Efficiency and transparency of processes in transmission, cleaning, analysis and meeting requests;
6. Usefulness and value of outputs such as reports, bulletins and data cubes;
7. Opportunities to improve governance of the collection and clarify roles of stakeholders.

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