In the second part of this year, the Act on Alcohol team have been getting out of the office and meeting with support services and locals to offer assistance and advice in addressing alcohol-related problems.
Here’s what we’ve been up to…
- Wide Bay AOD action group: Loral joined the Wide Bay AOD action group meeting. This group is made up of interested community members as well as local support agencies. They gather to discuss local drug and alcohol trends and issues, as well as ways to work together in addressing the local problems. Act on Alcohol will be working with the group to present a community forum in the near future.
- International FASD awareness Day: The entire team attended the FASD International Awareness Day morning tea at the Gold Coast Child Development Service. The Neurodevelopment Exposure Disorder Service was launched at this event. This service will help extend the much-needed services available for people and families living with FASD throughout Queensland.
- More to the Weekend : Joe is working to raise the profile of More to the Weekend lifestyle initiative. To do this, he is helping them to create a project plan. A plan will help the group clarify their overall goal and give them direction on ways to reach it. It will also help them source funding through community grants and/or sponsorship.
- Caboolture Youth Health and Wellbeing Expo Joe joined two staff from Lives Lived Well and attended the Caboolture Youth Health and Wellbeing Expo in mid-September. He spent the day speaking with other exhibitors and young people from the area.
- North Brisbane Mental Health Expo: The whole Act on Alcohol team took a break from the office and joined numerous other services at the RNA showgrounds for the North Brisbane Mental Health Expo. We were inspired by the honest and interesting speech delivered by Osher Günsberg who spoke about his personal battle with mental health problems.
- Townsville Yumba Meta workshops: Last week, Loral travelled to Townsville to deliver drug and alcohol workshops with Lives Lived Well alcohol and other drugs counsellor, Neela Curran. These workshops provided support workers from a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders accommodation service an overview of issues surrounding health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol, the National drinking guidelines, alcohol-related harms, and addiction. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about interventions across the spectrum of prevention, harm minimisation and rehabilitation.
- Prize giveaway: At the recent health and wellbeing expos, a Fitbit Flex was the prize giveaway for subscribing to our e-newsletter. Congratulations to Aleta Walker, the lucky person who won the Fitbit. We hope it helps you to keep active.