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.
“NIDAC welcomes the apology to Indigenous Australians for the Stolen Generation
The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) applauds the new Australian Government for their step today in acknowledging the harm caused by the policies of the past that created the Stolen Generation.
The long awaited formal apology from the Australian Government today in Parliament is a crucial step that paves the way for Indigenous people who were taken from their families. This will enable Indigenous Australian to regain their dignity and to walk alongside other Australians in creating a better future for all of our children.
Associate Professor Ted Wilkes Chair of NIDAC says “It has been over 10 years since the report Bringing Them Home revealed the extent of forced removal, which lasted into the early 1970s; its consequences and impact on families were devastating for those who lost not only their children, but had their physical and mental health, their connection to land, their culture and language destroyed, causing enormous distress to many victims today.
It is a day where all Australians can share their sorrow. In doing so, it provides hope to unite efforts in helping Indigenous Australians achieve their goals and aspirations.
This apology and yesterday’s first welcome to country by the Australian Parliament demonstrates the Australian Government and the Parliament as a whole understands the need for a commitment to Indigenous Australians to provide a safe, meaningful and promising future for all Australian children. It is a step we must all take as parents and as a community.”
NIDAC, as the leading voice in Indigenous drug and alcohol policy remains committed to working with the Australian Government to continue this journey by addressing the drug and alcohol problems that seriously impact on Indigenous families today.
Information on NIDAC can be found on www.ancd.org.au/nidac“