2013 National Drug and Alcohol Awards

NDAA Media Release (29 January 2013).- NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR NATIONAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL AWARDS: Nominations have opened for the 2013 National Drug and Alcohol Awards (NDAA) which will be presented at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday night, 20 June 2013.

The NDAAs are a highlight of the annual Drug Action Week and encourage, recognise, and celebrate achievements of the many people and organisations that do exceptional work to reduce the harm and impact of alcohol and other drugs in Australia. The 2013 Awards are being hosted by the Alcohol and other drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) and are open to all people and organisations working across the health and wellbeing sectors.

The NDAA website at www.drugawards.org.au has been re-designed with the aim of making it easier to navigate, and more user friendly with regard to nominating individuals, organisations, or programs for one or more of the nine Award Categories for 2013. A How to Nominate page summarises the nomination process, and is supported by specific information/ criteria which can be easily accessed by clicking on the relevant Category (at left of screen).

The website also provides comprehensive information about current/ past media releases, previous Award winners, and the 2012 Awards night in Melbourne. There are also vital links to the sponsors of the Awards, without whose support the coordinating committee would be unable to stage the Awards; NDAA contacts, and the Coordinating Committee partners – ADCA, the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD), the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), and the Ted Noffs foundation (TNF).

The Prime Minister’s Award is the standout feature of the Award Categories which include Excellence in Prevention and Community Education, Excellence in Treatment and Support, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Services for Young People, Excellence in Law Enforcement, Excellence in Alcohol and Other Drug Media Reporting, Excellence in School Drug Education, and Excellence in Creating Healthy Sporting Communities.

The NDAA Honour Roll recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable time period, to the alcohol and other drugs field. The goal of the Honour Roll is to acknowledge and publicly recognise the exceptional work done by individuals who have strived tirelessly over a number of years to make a difference in the sector. Nominations may be made for people who have, or are currently working directly in the alcohol and other drugs field, or in the many related fields.

It should be noted that nominations can be completed using the nomination form which follows the criteria listing in each Category – the nomination can be lodged electronically, with supporting hard copy evidence (ie published materials, videos/ DVDs/ sound grabs) to be sent by post to Mr Brian Flanagan, NDAA Event Manager, ADCA, PO Box 269 Woden ACT 2606.

Please note that nominations for all Award following Categories are scheduled to close on Tuesday, 30 April 2013.