June 2010 Directors Editorial - 30 Jun 2010
ADAC Director Editorial will provide a highlight section of the key areas that ADAC had involvement in that month.
Highlight for the month of June include the following:
Early June saw the Director meet with the Minister for Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health, Hon Warren Snowdon, MP in his Canberra office to discuss how the Alcohol Education Rehabilitation Foundation (AERF) of which the Director is Deputy Chair had funded over 300 Indigenous projects across Australia. Discussions were centered on those projects and the success or otherwise. It was also agreed to have a follow up meeting to discuss issues around funding etc for ADAC.
The first National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC 2010) brought together over 550 delegates in Adelaide (June 16-18, 2010). Based on a theme of Listening, Learning and Leading the Conference agreed that the future health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s in co-operation with the wider community and governments. The Director was the MC for the welcome reception and the Director presented ‘Bridges and Barriers” report into Indigenous Juvenile Incarceration. Both the Making Tracks team also presented workshops in the areas of Workforce development and training opportunities for AOD frontline workers. The Dircetor chaired the Grannies Group workshop, was a panelist for the sports and drugs panel and was involved in the final session on conference recommendations and along with Coralie Ober closed the conference on behalf of NIDAC.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Expo was held at the Shores Function Centre, Military Rd, West Beach Thursday 24 June 10.30am-11.00am start-2.30pm. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs the Hon Grace Portolesi MP and Gavin Wanganeen, Ambassador for Youth Opportunity and a recent inductee of the AFL Hall of Fame, were involved in launching an ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Youth Expo for Aboriginal young people through out the city. The expo was held during National Drug Action Week on Aboriginal focus day and saw the launch of the “Indigenous National Binge Drinking Campaign “Your Culture Your Life You Choose”.
The students will be able to access information about employment and training opportunities from a wide range of service providers. The complimentary messages being delivered include information about whole of lifestyle, drug & alcohol education, healthy eating and physical activity.
The students attending the expo come from various government and non-government schools. Keshia Lovegrove, participated in last year’s Expo and said “I thought last year’s expo was an opportunity to see all about the services, programs and jobs available for young Aboriginal people. I am really looking forward to this year’s event, it was deadly.”
The expo is being organised by representatives from the following organisations: ADAC, Young Nungas Yarning Together, Second Story Youth Health Service, Kumangka Aboriginal Youth Services, Kura Yerlo Council Inc, Office for Recreation and Sport, Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Western Area Multicultural Youth Service (WAMYS) and the City of Charles Sturt.
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