PHAA recognises Public Health Leaders

From the PHAA:


Public health experts and practitioners from around the country and overseas have come together for the Public Health Association of Australia’s (PHAA) 43rd Annual Conference in Perth.  The contributions of outstanding leaders in the field of public health have been recognised at an awards ceremony this evening.

Sidney Sax Medallist: Professor Tarun Weeramanthri

“The Sidney Sax Public Health Medal is the Association’s pre-eminent prize.  PHAA bestows this competitive award annually on a person who has provided a notable contribution to the protection and promotion of public health, solving public health problems, advancing community awareness of public health measures and advancing the ideals and practice of equity in the provision of health care.  This year’s winner is Professor Tarun Weeramanthri,” said Michael Moore, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PHAA.

“Professor Weeramanthri is among the longest-serving Chief Health Officers in Australia, with more than ten years combined at the helm across the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  He is a highly-respected and accomplished individual and an exemplar of the 21st century Chief Health Officer: scholar, physician, and advocate for health.  His steadfast commitment to social justice, his dogged determination in championing preventive health and investment by governments, his capacity to embrace and lead change and his ability to infuse the same passion for – and commitment to – public health in others are exceptional.  Most remarkable is his unwavering commitment to public service, his faith and knowledge of what good can be achieved through working in government and his personal endeavours in making a difference to the lives and wellbeing of communities he has – and continues to – serve,” said Mr Moore.

Public Health Mentor of the Year Award: Professor Melanie Wakefield and Associate Professor Stephen Lambert

The highly regarded Public Health Mentor of the Year Award has also been presented to dual winners this evening – Professor Melanie Wakefield and Associate Professor Stephen Lambert.  This award is made to a senior member of PHAA who has made a significant contribution – and demonstrated outstanding dedication – to mentoring early career professionals/practitioners/students.

“Professor Melanie Wakefield is an outstanding public health leader who is probably best known for her research on the effects of tobacco control policies and programs.  Professor Wakefield’s career spans over three decades and her commitment to mentoring the next generation of public health leaders has been a hallmark of her commitment to building capacity in public health research.

“Associate Professor Stephen Lambert is a renowned epidemiologist with a primary interest in public health and communicable diseases.  Associate Professor Lambert provides an excellent example for his students and the public health staff he mentors by promoting research, education and training, professional and personal development.

“On behalf of the PHAA I’d like to congratulate Professor Weeramanthri, Professor Wakefield and Associate Professor Lambert – three of the leading lights in public health in Australia,” said Mr Moore.

2014 National Drug Trends Conference


The 2014 National Drug Trends Conference is happening on Monday 20 October. Read the program (attached) & register here.


This year’s National Drug Trends Conference will be held at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney on Monday, 20th October 2014 from 8.30am.

I hope you will agree we have a really exciting program this year. The National Drug Trends Conference will present recent findings in illicit drug use, markets and related harms across Australia and internationally. Convened by Australia’s largest drug monitoring systems, the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS), the one day conference will include the first release of the 2014 findings.


We are also delighted to announce that there will also be presentations from a number of distinguished international and local guest speakers, including Mr Jeremy Douglas (United Nations), Detective Sergeant Keith Randall (AFP Drug Squad), Dr Chris Hayes (John Hunter Hospital), A/Prof Nadine Ezard (St Vincent’s Hospital), Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke (NSW Police Drug Squad), Dr Karen Chronister (Kirby Institute), Ms Joanne Gerstner-Stevens (Victoria Police), Prof Simon Lenton (NDRI) Mr James Fetherston (NDRI) and Ms Kerryn Butler (NDARC).

Visitors to the museum can park all day for $13 at Harbourside Secure Parking, located at 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont. Remember to get your parking ticket stamped at the museum reception.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Jobs: Manager, Harm Minimisation – Sydney


Position Title Manager, Harm Minimisation Program

(HSM Level 2) F/T

Reference Number 207505
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Entity Sydney Local Health District
Geographical Location Redfern
Advertised Award/Classification Health Service Manager (Level 2)
Salary $86,451.00 – $102,538.00
Contact Person Judy Pearson
Contact Number 0425 288 568
Closing Date 03/10/2014


Purpose of Position       

  • Manage delivery of frontline clinical services of the Needle Syringe Program (including primary and secondary service delivery) across Sydney Local Health District in line with Ministry of Health policy and guidelines and evidence based practice
  • Manage human and financial resources
  • Develop strategic and annual business plans for the service
  • Coordinate management of health promotion programs targeting consumers and the community
  • Manage contentious issues relating to service delivery and escalate as appropriate
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders including Ministry of Health; SLHD clinical services; government and non-government organisations; peak bodies; community

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of harm minimisation principles as they relate to injecting drug use, and understanding of relevant National and State policies.
  • Demonstrated experience in operationally managing programs across multiple sites including strong human, financial and physical resource management experience
  • Demonstrated experience in development and implementation of strategic, business and operational plans with experience in monitoring and evaluating outcomes
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal and written communication skills with experience managing partnerships with government, non-government and community sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse cultural communities including Aboriginal communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of projects including health promotion programs and innovation / service enhancement.
  • Unrestricted NSW driver’s licence (P2 licence is acceptable)

This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children’s Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website






The SLHD vision is “To Achieve Excellence in Healthcare for All”.  This embeds concepts of patient and family centred care, equity, health improvement, timeliness and efficiency, recognising that evidence-based service delivery requires highly skilled and valued staff supported by research, education and state-of-the-art technologies.


The SLHD goals focus on patients, staff, community and the need for excellence in services, education, research and organisational support. Central to the District’s workplace culture are the “CORE Values” articulated by the NSW Ministry of Health in our Code of Conduct.


As an employee of SLHD you will be expected to uphold and promote these important CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment which inform every aspect of the District’s activities. These CORE values build upon the public sector values of integrity, trust, service and accountability.


For more information please go to:


Opioid pharmacotherapy fees: A long-standing barrier to treatment entry and retention

From the team at CREIDU:

The Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use (CREIDU) is excited to announce the publication of our newest policy brief, titled ‘Opioid pharmacotherapy fees: A long-standing barrier to treatment entry and retention’.  The brief has been co-authored by Sarah Lord, Jenny Kelsall, Amy Kirwan and Trevor King, as a collaboration between CREIDU and Harm Reduction Victoria, who are key members of CREIDU.  The brief outlines some of the issues faced by individuals utilising medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence (MATOD), who are required to pay substantial fees to access a place in a treatment program.  These fees are a significant barrier to treatment access, retention and optimal outcomes.  The brief outlines the evidence relating to MATOD and dispensing fees and offers suggestions for addressing the issue.

We invite you to view and download the policy brief here

A COMPLEX ISSUE – the 2nd International Symposium on Drugs and Driving

A COMPLEX ISSUE – the 2nd International Symposium on Drugs and Driving

12-13th November 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand

Drugs and driving – Navigating the complexity and finding solutions

The use of drugs while driving is a problem that has only recently captured the attention of safety advocates, policymakers, legislators and enforcement agencies.

We have a lot of science to inform alcohol-related road safety policy and interventions, but things get a lot more complex when we look at “drugs” and driving.

This 2nd International Symposium on Drugs and Driving will examine this complexity in depth and will assess new research and evidence to help inform our collective road safety efforts.

Funding for Sharps Management

The Community Sharps Management Program (CSMP) supports local governments in New South Wales  in developing local solutions to community sharps management issues.

Councils are invited to submit an application for funding support under the 2014–2015 funding round for the development of community sharps management programs to improve the management and  disposal of community sharps.

This Program provides up to $10,000 for a single council  and upto $60,000 for a group of adjoining councils.

Last financial year, projects supported by the CSMP including:

  • the development of an audio visual resource on safe sharps handling
  • provision of council staff training on safe sharps handling and management
  • implementation of community education on safe disposal
  • installation of disposal facilities.


Successful councils included City of Sydney, Urana Shire Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Clarence Valley Shire Council and Moree Plains Shire Council.



Further information is available at:


Alternatively, please feel free to contact the Program Manager, Ronnie Turner on  02 9382 8614  or

Vietnamese Drug Resources

Resource Update: Vietnamese SMART Recovery manual now available on DAMEC website

The Vietnamese translation of the complete SMART Recovery manual is now available for free download from the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC)’s website.

SMART Recovery is a self-help program that assists people in recovering from alcohol, drug use and other addictive behaviours. The translated manual has been tested with various groups experiencing a range of drug, alcohol and related issues.

SMART Recovery Australia Executive Director, Ryan McGlaughlin, commends DAMEC for this initiative of assisting SMART Recovery becoming assessable to all Australian that are affected by addictive behaviour.

Vuong Nguyen, President of Vietnamese Drug and Alcohol Professionals whose organisation undertook the translation work, said that the SMART Recovery program offered many tools that are relevant to the Vietnamese community living in Australia.

A shorter version of the translated manual, which can be used to reinforce the key points of the program, is also available on DAMEC’s website.

The translated manual can be used by a range of stakeholders including:

  • Peer workers
  • Drug and alcohol professionals
  • Corrective Services staff and those working with the criminal justice system
  • Bilingual health workers
  • Vietnamese community associations

To download the full or abridged manual visit

Seminar: Reducing alcohol harms – A global perspective

Invitation to Reducing alcohol harms: A global perspective


Want to know how Australia compares to other countries in alcohol policy development?


Want to know what policies are working overseas to reduce alcohol harms and how Australia can learn from these experiences?


The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Kettil Bruun Society invite you to attend a public forum on alcohol policy featuring experts from around the world.


Professor Robin Room, Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) will facilitate the forum which will include presentations from:


  • Professor Petra Meier, Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, University of Sheffield, England
  • Professor Charles Parry, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit, Medical Research Council of South Africa
  • Dr Ann Hope, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College, Ireland
  • Associate Professor David Jernigan, Centre on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States of America
  • Professor Tanya Chikritzhs, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia
  • Professor Sally Casswell, SHORE, Massey University, New Zealand

To hear world leading researchers talking about alcohol policy, RSVP today.


Event details

Date: 12 September 2014

Time: 10.00am – 1pm

Venue: Ballroom at Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

RSVP: By COB 8 September 2014 to Sarah Maloney by email  or phone (02) 6122 8600.


The Kettil Bruun Society Thematic meeting and related events are supported with funding from VicHealth, the City of Yarra and the Australian Government Department of Health.


Follow the link to the official invitation.


National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase launches

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), with support of the Australian Government Department of Health, is pleased to announce the launch of Australia’s first comprehensive online National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase. The Knowledgebase gives health practitioners, researchers, policy makers and the general public a valuable new tool to help them address alcohol-related issues. It provides a concise and user-friendly way of accessing the vast amount of information in existing alcohol-related datasets that cover health, social welfare, law enforcement and education issues. In the first instance, the Knowledgebase addresses alcohol and in the near future other drug topics will also be covered.

The Alcohol Section of the Knowledgebase contains more than 130 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about:

  • Consumption patterns
  • Alcohol use and the workplace
  • Alcohol-related harms
  • The impact of alcohol consumption on crime and violence
  • Treatment
  • Young people.

In developing the Alcohol Section of the Knowledgebase, NCETA sourced all of the available alcohol-related datasets produced in Australia and as new data becomes available the Knowledgebase will be revised and updated to ensure that it is current and reliable.

Over time, NCETA will expand the Knowledgebase to include information about a range of illicit and pharmaceutical drugs.

The Knowledgebase can be accessed from: and also from the NCETA homepage:

Jobs: AOD Counsellor, Victoria (Dandenong)

The Salvation Army Positive Lifestyle Counselling Services (PLCS) provides professional and confidential alcohol and drug counselling and support to mainly clients within the criminal justice system. Clients are referred through DTO’s, CISP, CREDIT, Diversion, Corrections, CCO’s, DHS, DH, Court Chaplains and solicitors.

PLCS also provides intensive counselling and support for those affected by a history of trauma and abuse including anxiety and depression.

A position has become available at our Dandenong office for an experienced AOD counsellor for three days per week (including after hours – Wednesday 12:00-8:00pm). Applicants must have at least two years experience working with forensic clients, have tertiary level qualifications and possess the minimum AOD skill set to work in the AOD sector. The position is competitively remunerated and comes with access to salary packaging.

This is a fixed term contract until June 30, 2015 with the possibility of further work beyond this period.

Applicants must include a CV, application form and covering letter addressing the Job Competencies as in the job description, available by emailing

To further discuss the position, please contact Darrell Hinga on (03) 9794 9533.

Send completed applications, including all required documents to Darrell Hinga at or Positive Lifestyle Counselling Services, PO Box 7302 Dandenong, 3075 by Friday 15 August 2014.

This position is subject to a reference check and a police check.