“Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs”
Prevention Program (ATOD)
The ‘Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs’ program operates under the IWC and its main focus is to encourage the use of a variety of primary prevention activities that are related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, while at the same time, promoting social and emotional health and wellbeing to the community.
The program coordinator does not have a role in delivering clinical services including work with individuals or groups to help treat or manage their alcohol, tobacco or other drug use but is responsible to work in collaboration with other organisations/agencies to better equip staff with the skills and knowledge by:
•providing expert advice and services in accordance with harm minimisation policy and practice. This involves reaching an acceptable balance between supply reduction (the drug and law enforcement), demand reduction (supportive environments, health education, treatment) and harm reduction (needle and syringe programs and community education campaigns);
•ensuring evidence-based practice is used in all interventions and activities. This means maintaining professional and community networks, participating in regular professional development and conducting ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the engaging primary prevention mechanisms;
•as part of the main stream delivery, make sure that the prevention interventions clearly address the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people both culturally and linguistically; and
•supporting and sustaining the local implementation of Queensland Drug Strategy 2006-2010 and other relevant national, state and departmental policy directions.
Program Initiatives include: