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New Executive appointed to lead brand & development strategy

14 July 2014

A strategic partnerships specialist with a passion for creative solutions and social justice has joined one of Australia's leading alcohol and other drug prevention not-for-profits.

The Australian Drug Foundation is pleased to welcome Robin Penty, Head of Development, Marketing and Communications to its Executive Management Team.

 

Robin has worked in the not-for-profit, arts, education and tertiary sectors for more than two decades, with a focus on social inclusion, regional participation and entrepreneurship.

Before joining the Australian Drug Foundation, Robin held the position of National Manager, Strategic Partnerships at The Smith Family.

While working at the Arts Centre Melbourne as Head of Participation and Public Programs, Robin oversaw the most significant restructure and expansion of an arts participation team in Australia. Robin's team was recognised for leadership four times by the Victorian state government, and her work in partnerships has garnered national awards from Australian Business & the Arts Foundation, Australian Writer's Guild and the Australia Council for the Arts.

CEO John Rogerson said he is looking forward to Robin's creativity and analytical contribution to the future of the Australian Drug Foundation and helping to change Australia's drinking culture.

"Robin brings with her a wide breadth of experience and skills," John said. "I'm looking forward to working with Robin as she leads some exciting big projects around development of our brand, future partnerships and strategic direction."

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Good Sports awarded in WA

25 June 2014

Thirteen West Australian individuals and organisations were recognised for their outstanding contribution to preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug related harm at the Alcohol and other Drug Excellence Awards ceremony held in Fremantle today.

We are proud to announce that the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports program in Western Australia took out the 2014 Prevention Award.

State Manager Greg Williams said the achievement was great recognition for the work of the program which is less than two years old in WA.

“The award was presented to us by the Minister for Mental Health, Disability Services and Child Protection, Hon Helen Morton MLC this morning at the very nice Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. The award provides some very good recognition for our team of Project Officers around the state,” he said.

The Minister said “The winners of this year’s awards show a level of commitment to these complex health and social issues not only from within the alcohol and drug sector, but beyond.

“I know there are so many outstanding people working in this area within our communities, and the Alcohol and Drug Authority Board had quite a challenge choosing the award winners.”

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees.

For more information visit http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/

 

Thirteen West Australian individuals and organisations were recognised for their outstanding contribution to preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug related harm at the Alcohol and other Drug Excellence Awards ceremony held in Fremantle today.

- See more at: http://goodsports.com.au/around-the-ground/articles/good-sports-wa-awarded/

We are proud to announce that Good Sports Western Australia took out the 2014 Prevention Award.

State Manager Greg Williams said the achievement was great recognition for the work of the program which is less than two years old in WA.

“The award was presented to us by the Minister for Mental Health, Disability Services and Child Protection, Hon Helen Morton MLC this morning at the very nice Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. The award provides some very good recognition for our team of Project Officers around the state,” he said.

The Minister said “The winners of this year’s awards show a level of commitment to these complex health and social issues not only from within the alcohol and drug sector, but beyond.

“I know there are so many outstanding people working in this area within our communities, and the Alcohol and Drug Authority Board had quite a challenge choosing the award winners.”

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees.

For more information visit http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/

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Hockey QLD to promote healthy attitudes with Good Sports

25 June 2014

Hockey Queensland has stepped up their commitment to healthy clubs by forming a partnership with the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program.

Good Sports works in communities to make sports clubs safe and healthy. Through the program, clubs learn about managing alcohol responsibly to become more family-friendly. In Queensland, the program has an added benefit, providing advice to sports clubs around healthy eating as well.

Hockey Queensland CEO Louisa Begley, said they were thrilled to be amongst the first state sporting organisations to formalise a partnership with Good Sports, helping hockey clubs across the state promote healthier attitudes to food and alcohol.

“It’s important for state sporting organisations to take the lead and support community clubs to create healthier sporting environments. Many hockey clubs within Queensland have already adopted this program with two of our clubs winning the last two consecutive Queensland Good Sports Club of the Year awards. We look forward to continuing this important initiative.”

Good Sports QLD Manager Damien Shea, said that with this new partnership, the Australian Drug Foundation hopes to further assist Queensland hockey clubs through the program.

“We’re already working with 26 hockey clubs and associations across the state so we know that there’s great demand for the healthy initiatives of the Good Sports program.

“We welcome the support of Hockey Queensland to get even more clubs on board and further promote healthy environments throughout the state.”

For over a decade, the Good Sports program has been assisting sporting clubs across Australia to manage alcohol and tobacco. In Queensland, the program has evolved to now include healthy eating through the program Good Sports Healthy Eating.

The program has combined and built on the success of the original Good Sports program and Food for Sport: Health Food and Drink Guidelines for Sporting Clubs. It is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative.

For more information visit www.goodsports.com.au or find us on Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs

 

 
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Ivy league Fellowship for a Good Sport

24 June 2014

The leader of Australia’s largest preventive health sports program is one of just two recipients to be awarded a fellowship to study at Harvard Business School.

Ms Maree Sidey, General Manager of the Australian Drug Foundation’s very successful Good Sports program will leave for Boston this Thursday.

The Harvard Club of Australia has provided $10,000 to cover fees, accommodation and flights for Maree to attend the highly regarded six-day course Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management this July at the Harvard Business School. While in the United States Maree will also meet with a range of other not-for-profit organisations.

Maree said being awarded the fellowship to attend the coveted leadership development course is a great pleasure and honour.

“I thank the Harvard Club for this wonderful opportunity, and for providing those of us who work in the not-for-profit sector with the means to attend and learn from the 140 similar leaders from around the globe who’ll be there.”

“I work in the not-for-profit field because I have a strong passion for social justice and I believe that people can make a difference in the world around them. I stay in this field because I have realised that it provides me with a unique and very satisfying opportunity to find and develop community leaders right across Australia.”

Mr Ted Blamey, Chairman of Nonprofit Programs said the Harvard Club of Australia send two Australians every year to the landmark course for senior non-profit executives.

“We created the Nonprofit Fellowship program in 2001 with three aims, all of which we hold to today: enhance leadership and performance in the Australian nonprofit sector; assist leaders to examine their missions, develop new strategies and improve effectiveness; bring leverage to the community as a whole,” he said.

“Harvard Business School has achieved global leadership not just for its graduate and executive education in business but also for its Social Enterprise Initiative from which this course springs.”

“Maree faced stiff competition for her much sought-after Fellowship. We were greatly impressed not only by her focus, clarity of purpose and passion but, of course, by the Good Sports program she leads.”

Good Sports is a grassroots program helping community sporting clubs tackle Australia's problematic drinking culture by leveraging our national passion for sport. The program is working with nearly 6,600 clubs across the country, creating a powerful network of local change agents committed to building safe, healthy, family-friendly sports clubs.

For more information visit www.goodsports.com.au

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Support for medical cannabis – with conditions

20 June 2014

Australians suffering terminal disease, intense pain or debilitating conditions should have access to medical cannabis under prescription.

The Australian Drug Foundation has congratulated the newly formed multi-party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy and Law Reform for advancing sensible discussion about the issue.

National Policy Manager Geoff Munro said some serious and debilitating conditions have been proven to be relieved by use of medical cannabis with low levels of THC.

“As a compassionate society, there is no reason to prevent doctors prescribing medical cannabis (preferably in a pharmaceutical product - such as Sativex) to those people for whom other medication has not provided relief,” Mr Munro said.

“The medically supervised use of other drugs, including heavy opiates which are very similar to heroin, is common-place in our community. It’s time we introduced the therapeutic use of cannabis for people who lack other alternatives and who suffer badly.

“We take note of the medical principle of ‘doing no harm’. So while we support using medical cannabis to reduce pain and suffering in a small population, we cannot ignore the strong evidence which shows it can damage mental health and cause harm.

“Australia must avoid the model of medical cannabis in the United States, where it is de facto legalisation and there is little control over its availability to the general population.

“It has led to the proliferation of cannabis products including confectionery and soft drinks which will appeal to children, and risks establishing Big Marijuana as a third addictive industry after Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol.”

The Australian Drug Foundation would support a system of medical cannabis only if it included the following conditions:

- the patient is diagnosed by a medical specialist, or a physician, as suffering from an ailment that the medical evidence suggests is likely to be relieved by medical cannabis
- the patient remains under the supervision of a medical specialist
- the patient’s condition has proved resistant to conventional therapies and interventions
- the patient agrees to the self-use only of the medical cannabis and not to transfer it to any other person
- the establishment of a ‘medical cannabis review board’ to oversee the therapeutic use of cannabis. Examples of such conditions are pain or other debilitating conditions associated with terminal illness, neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment
- that continuing research is conducted into the efficacy and safety of cannabis products for therapeutic purposes.

 
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