NIDAC 2012 Award Winners

Congrats to all!

The winners of the inaugural National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards were announced last night at the dinner during the 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference.

These Awards recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug and alcohol workers for their contribution to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

The Awards presented last night were:

  • Award for Excellence, Female Worker
  • Award for Excellence, Male Worker
  • Encouragement Award


The inaugural inductees to the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Honour Roll were also announced during the dinner.  The Honour Roll acknowledges the exceptional effort made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug and alcohol workers who have tirelessly contributed to this sector over a considerable number of years.

We thank the MC, Mary G, for a wonderful evening.

2012 Award Winners

Award for Excellence, Female Worker:  Ms Gabrielle Sledge

Gabrielle, a Senior Drug and Alcohol counsellor for the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Medical Centre in the ACT, has over 20 years experience in the health and welfare sector.

Award for Excellence, Male Worker:  Mr Paul Parfitt

Paul is a Project Officer with the Quitline Aboriginal liaison Team at the Drug and Alcohol Office in WA who has spent most of his working life in the health and broader social services assisting his people gain better access to health services.

Encouragement Award:  Mr Richard Burchill

Richard works with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service in Mossman, Queensland where he assists in community harm reduction and health promotion activities.

Honour Roll:  Ms Coralie Ober and Mr Steve Ella

Ms Coralie Ober

Coralie has been dedicated to working in the alcohol and other drugs sector at a state, national and international level for over 20 years. She is a Research Fellow at the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre at the University of Queensland.

Mr Steve Ella

Steve has been working in the Aboriginal drug and alcohol sector for almost 20 years and has been a strong and consistent advocate for Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers and communities.