ADF CDAT Southern Regional Forum Invitation and Agenda

Picture2Members of CDATs in South-eastern NSW are invited to attend a forum being facilitated by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) and hosted by the Shellharbour/Kiama CDAT. This is the forum Julia Kendall has confirmed with your CDAT. Julia is back on May 8 so we are helping with the organizing in her absence.

The forum will provide you with a great opportunity to meet key ADF staff, discuss future directions for CDATs, showcase your own work, network with people from nearby CDATs and the Drug and Alcohol Service and will also be a great capacity building time.

If there are any other questions you would like to raise, whether about the ADF’s approach to CDATs or about a topic concerning CDAT areas of work, such as a question about Drug Trends or ideas for attracting new members, please pass them on to Damian to ensure they will be addressed during the forum.

Date and time | May 25, 2015, 9.30am – 3pm
Location |
Kiama Pavilion, 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama

A light lunch will be served.

We would love two people from each CDAT to attend and can help with mileage costs if needed. Please call or email Damian on 02 8923 0000 or if you need accommodation.

RSVP to Sharon on OR 02 42378422 by May 20

Please advise if you have any dietary or access requirements


9.30 Welcome and acknowledgement of country | Sharon Parker Kiama CDAT Chair

9.35 Introductions and apologies and the outline for the day | Nikki Woolley

9.40 Update on E-cigarettes | Annie McDonald

10.00 NSW Police presentation around crime statistics and crime prevention | Senior Constable Mark Scott


10.40 ICE Crystal methamphetamine: from a health perspective | Emily Deegan


11.00 ICE: From a prevention perspective | Nikki Woolley

11.20 Questions related to presentations?


11.30     ADF Update:

  • New Framework for Action
  • How to use Social Media Damian Dabrowski

12.30 Lunch



Local work on Drugs and Alcohol: discussion and planning


1.00pm Drug and Alcohol Service update and conversation | David Hedger

1.30 Each CDAT presents/talks about their Action Plans and recent activities. What might be helpful for other CDATs? (20-30 minutes each)

2.30 Partnership Project and future capacity building discussion | Julia Kendall


3pm Close

Illawarra Forum | Homeless Persons’ Week

August 4th – 10th was Homeless Person’s Week.

The theme of Homeless Persons’ Week 2014 was Homelessness: We Can’t Afford to Ignore It and the focus was on how ignoring homelessness causes significant costs to individuals, government and society.

Illawarra Forum members regularly advise that the lack of affordable, secure and appropriate housing is the greatest unmet need for their clients. This unmet need affects organisations’ ability to properly address clients’ needs, and certainly imposes significant costs – both financial and emotional.

In recognition of Homeless Person’s Week, the Illawarra Forum hosted a Seminar on “Navigating Housing Options” to outline the Housing Pathways NSW program as well as highlighting other housing alternatives for clients. Some 90 frontline workers attended and gained information and skills to help support clients in need of housing. In lieu of payment, we asked participants to donate non-perishable food items or toiletries. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of attendees.

Warm thanks to our keynote speaker, Gary Moore from Homelessness NSW and to all of our presenters on the day. Special thanks to NSW Family and Community Services for sponsoring the event. And congratulations to Donna Brotherson who was the visionary behind the event, and to Tessa Parsons who made it all happen!

Youth Health Forum | Violence: responses, prevention and intervention

Violence: responses, prevention and intervention

Youth Health Forums are stimulating half-day forums cover a wide range of adolescent health and well-being issues, appealing to health, education, community, welfare professionals and students. The Forum provides opportunity for attendees to meet, update knowledge and skills, exchange information and strengthen the youth health network, in order to provide the best possible support for young people in NSW.  At this Forum, we will look at violence in young people’s lives.

When and where:

Date | 26 March 2014
Time | 8.30am -12.30pm
Venue | Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Don’t miss this topic! Program include: 

  • Young people, violence and health – what the research tells us
  • No safe place being young and black: Aboriginal young peoples’ experiences of trauma
  • “It wasn’t like that”: surviving and making sense of sibling sexual abuse
  • DV victim to DV offender: NSW Police Force working to shorten the odds
  • Brutal beginnings: Overcoming refugee young people’s experience of violence
  • Trauma training for teachers – A project addressing development trauma in the classroom
  • Panel discussion – tools and tips

RSVP:  Friday 21 March 2014

Please see the attached program for more details.

Registration: Click here to register or via (under events calendar).

If you don’t have internet access, please register by phone on 02 9526 1221.

Registration enquiries:
Marney 02 9526 1221, email:

Program enquires:
Ms Shika Raju 02 9424 5833 / Ms Ken Yap, 02 9424 5846

email: ;

Youth Health Forum March 26 program

Discussion Forums – NSW Framework for Sustainability Action and Engagement

  • Do you engage your community in environmental issues?
  • Are you from local or state government, a community organisation or a business?
  • Are you a teacher, an academic, a community member or volunteer with an environment group?

Across NSW there are thousands of people like you who care about our environment and are educating and engaging other community members. Come to a forum to have your actions and ideas contribute to a NSW Framework for Sustainability Action and Engagement. Help us plan for the future.

Illawarra | 13th March 2-5pmState Office Block, 84 Crown St, Wollongong.

Hosted by the Office of Environment and Heritage.


Further details about each venue and the agenda will be forwarded to registered attendees. There is no cost, but numbers are limited so please book now to secure your place.

Those who are not close to a forum venue, or who cannot attend on the scheduled date, will be able to join in on a webinar to be advertised shortly. Visit the AAEE NSW website for more information If you would like more information on this project, contact the project team though

This project is coordinated by AAEE NSW and has been assisted by the NSW Office for Environment & Heritage.

Active Ageing Forum

You are invited to attend the Active Ageing Forum hosted by Kiama Council

Date | Tuesday 3th December

Time |1.30pm to 4pm

Venue | Kiama Anglican Church Hall, eastern end, Terralong Street, Kiama (Parking is available on site)

Afternoon tea will be provided

During the afternoon we will be discussing:

  • the characteristics  of an Age Friendly Community
  • what Kiama Council and other organisation are already doing to improve Age Friendliness
  • ideas on how we could be working together for a more Age Friendly community

Even if you are unable to attend we’d still love to hear your ideas – so if you have any, please email us.

Please register your interest to participate by email | or ph | 4232 0434

If you have any further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to call us.

Can we end HIV?

Picture1Come to ACON’s ENDING HIV Tour 2013 and find out how you can contribute to ending HIV. Ask questions, get informed and create a movement that will stop HIV in its tracks!

Join in at the:

City Diggers Wollongong
82 Church St,corner of Church and Burelli Wollongong.

6:30pm 28 August 2013

RSVP to Rebecca Miers on 0437 891 397 or

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