In our last weeks Joe has recently returned from a trip to Roma to present service information to an interagency of health services. The presentation led into an open discussion regarding harm minimization and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Act on Alcohol will follow up on Joe’s efforts to identify key members of the community that can form a community group and assess the needs. It will be exciting to see how much community action can come out of Roma and its surrounding areas to minimize alcohol related harm in the new year.
Carly and Caroline travelled to Cherbourg to attend a Local Level Alliance meeting with Lives Lived Well Team Leader for South Burnett, Darling Downs and Cherbourg, Debra Toseni. These meetings are responsible for identifying the family support services that local communities need, and how their needs can be met. The alliance is a key element of Family and Child Connect services, and are designed to ensure families are supported with an integrated mix of services that respond to local needs and issues.
This month the new Act on Alcohol Team Leader, Dale Cooke, met with representatives from ECCQ (Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland) to work on a joint project funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission targeting local Vietnamese, Samoan and Sudanese communities and visited Hervey Bay to introduce herself to the Hervey Bay Alcohol and Other Drug Action Group. Dale will continue to meet and work with these and other groups in 2017 to engage and skill communities to prevent and reduce harm caused by alcohol.
We look forward to working with everyone in 2017. It is going to be a big and better year than 2016.