Remote AOD Workforce wins Chief Ministers Award for Excellence

The Remote AOD Workforce Program was the proud recipient of the Chief Ministers Award for Excellence in the Enhancing Health & Wellbeing Category this November 2013. Pictured here with Adam Giles, Chief Minister, is the Coordinator Jennifer Frendin who read a speech to the audience which all of the workers contributed their thoughts about their workforce. Three of the most senior Remote AOD Workers attended: Department of Health worker Barak Sambono of Nauiyu (Daly River), Department of Health worker Patricia Taylor of Borroloola, and Miwatj Health worker Lalambarri Yunupingu of Nhulunbuy, along with clinical supervisor Lauren Buckley (see below).

Our speech reads as follows:

"I asked the Remote AOD Workers to put a few words together as a part of this speech tonight. I am going to read you their words. This award is for all of us.

The Remote AOD Workforce is unique. We are so proud of the 36 workers. We are helping educate Aboriginal people and improve the lifestyle of clients. I believe the Remote AOD workforce is leading the way in growing a strong Indigenous Workforce. it's about cultural collaboration and 2 way learning. Thank you to the Remote AOD Workforce team for sharing your experience and knowledge. We have great support and education and advocacy for our people. This is the most amazing workforce I have been involved with. As I listen, I learn. It's about family building. The workforce goes a long way to addressing issues of staff retention. It provides a solid foundation to work in. The Remote AOD Workforce has gained respect and trust. We are making a difference in the lives of Aboriginal people."

Thank you to all the Remote AOD Workers, their managers, organisations and services. Together we all make a difference.