Guidelines on Co-occurring Conditions, third edition launched

In alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment settings, co-occurring mental health conditions are the rule rather than the exception. Nearly half of people seeking treatment are estimated to have a co-occurring mental health condition, and present with a more complex and severe clinical profile. The high prevalence of co-occurring conditions means that AOD workers are […]

ATDC release vaping / e-cigarettes position paper

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania (ATDC) has called for an immediate investment in prevention activities to reduce the harm from the uptake of vapes / e-cigarettes in the state. A discussion paper released by the ATDC says it is critical to increase knowledge, community literacy and general awareness about the possible health […]

Overdose Day Resources

Overdose Day Resources Image Of Cranes

Thank you for helping us promote International Overdose Awareness Day! On this page there are a wide range of resources to choose from to help you get the word out. Find out more about International Overdose Awareness Day and how you can be a part of raising overdose awareness. Post on social media 1. Choose an […]

What a week it has been!

Sector Conference

I write this opening statement a week after the ATDC delivered its biennial sector conference in Hobart – aptly titled ‘Our Strength. Our People’.  With a record number of registrations (over 180) it was wonderful to see so many people come together to listen to presentations delivered by speakers from across our sector, and those that joined […]

Vaping and e-cigarettes

1. No punitive actions towards, nor criminalisation of the use of vapes/e-cigarettes. The ATDC advocates against criminalising personal use and the possession of all vapes/e-cigarette products in Tasmania. Penalising personal use of any drug promotes stigma and acts to stop people from accessing treatment and support. The regulation of vapes/e-cigarettes should focus on the manufacturers, […]

2023 ATOD Awards winners announced

Tasmanian ATOD Awards 2023

The Tasmanian ATOD Awards were announced at the 2023 ATDC Conference in June, recognising outstanding work in the Tasmanian ATOD field. The Awards are a sector-wide initiative supported by the Tasmanian Government, celebrating the many exceptional people working to promote health and prevent harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD)  in Tasmania. Guiding […]

Ripple of Disbelief: State Budget Reflections

Alison Lai - ATDC

Last week when the Tasmanian 2023-24 State Budget was handed down, I described it as a ‘mixed bag’ of some very small wins, some omissions, and some things that we needed more information about. I also descried the funding environment as ‘exceptionally tough’, and not one to celebrate.  One week on, this view has not […]

2023-24 State Budget

The 2023-24 State Budget tabled today (25 May) was a mixed bag for the alcohol, tobacco and other drug sector with some wins, some omissions but also some uncertainty for essential services and priorities across the state, ATDC chief executive Alison Lai said. Speaking to the positives in the budget, Ms Lai acknowledged the government’s […]

A pleasure to be back!

Alison Lai - ATDC

It’s been a few months since I had the opportunity to pen the CEO intro, and it’s a pleasure to be back. Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages upon my return from extended leave. I look forward to connecting with you all and sharing with you insights into my experiences participating in […]