Remote Alcohol & Other Drugs Workforce Forum Darwin 2017

Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce

 The Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Workforce Program team gathered in Darwin last week for their annual Forum and to celebrate 10 years of continuous funding from 2007-2017.
The Forum’s theme Celebrating Our Past, Creating Our Future recognised the achievements made by this Commonwealth-funded program that employs local Aboriginal people as Drug and Alcohol Workers in remote communities. The forum was attended by 45 Remote AOD Workers from all over the Territory – all of whom are employed with Primary Health Care Centres in the Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services sites.
The Forum offered a combination of community development activities and AOD skills based education and training for delegates through a series of presentations and workshops.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer Janet Anderson opened the event and acknowledged the achievements of this workforce over the past decade, and the further five years of funding provided by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
This was the first Forum where people were officially recognised for their service with a number of awards. Diane Mayers from Elliot was the recipient for Worker of the Year, awarded for her excellent skills, knowledge and efforts in supporting AOD issues in her community.
Another highlight was the presentation of a message stick to the workforce from the Tiwi Islands as recognition of the work conducted by them on the Tiwi Islands and across the Territory.