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TACKLING STIGMA HEAD ON: Breaking down barriers for the AOD sector

Change Agent Network

Friday, 28 July 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (AEST)

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Breaking down barriers for clients, staff and the AOD sector...



The Change Agent Network presents a workshop designed to give you the tips and tools on how to challange attitudes and beliefs about alcohol and drug use.

Stigma is an issue felt by consumers, workers and sector wide in the alcohol and drug field. This has implications for client access to services, ability to refer clients, attractiveness of the AOD sector to practitioners, and staff ability to provide best practice. It also impacts on how the sector promotes itself in the wider community.

This workshop is about tackling and challenging stigma in the AOD sector for both staff and consumers. The program will outline how some groups have challenged this issue and provide tips and tools for those who are interested in tackling this challenge and breaking down barriers for clients, staff and the AOD sector.




Dr David Jacka


Appointed Addiction Medicine Specialist at Monash Health in early 2013, David has worked in the area of public health for many years; and in alcohol and illicit drug misuse and harm reduction since 1993. Between 2006 and 2012 he worked with the World Health Organisation as a drug treatment specialist and advisor on HIV prevention programming for people who inject drugs and other risk groups in Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

He has assisted development of guidelines and training materials on assessment and treatment for users of illicit drugs including heroin and methamphetamine in the Asian region. His interests at Monash Health have already taken him into areas of improved residential withdrawal services, acute illicit stimulant intoxication, improved Methadone, Buprenorphine and other opiate prescribing and the development of expanded health and NSP services for people who inject drugs in the catchment.


Paul Aiken BA (Hons), MA (Research), BSW (Hons), MAssess & Eval, Core AOD Comps


Paul is a founding member of the AOD Media Watch Reference Group. He has been with UnitingCare ReGen since 2004. He served in a clinical role for 3 years with the agency’s service at Port Phillip Prison before changing to Evaluation and Communications. He is a keen advocate for evidence based AOD policy and informed public debate of AOD issues. He is also ReGen's most persistent Tweeter.


Who can attend?

Anyone working in the Victorian AOD sector is welcome to attend. This includes all workers, clinicians, dual diagnosis workers and clinicians, peer support workers, team leaders, managers, senior managers and other staff.


Have questions about TACKLING STIGMA HEAD ON: Breaking down barriers for the AOD sector? Contact Change Agent Network

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Latrobe Community Health Service
42-44 Fowler Street
Moe, VIC 3825

Friday, 28 July 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (AEST)

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Change Agent Network

The Change Agent Network is a community of practice of existing and emerging leaders within the Victorian AOD sector with a vision to support the AOD workforce promoting evidence-based practice and collective wisdom and to facilitate measurable and beneficial outcomes for clients and communities. Its key focus is to empower leaders in the AOD sector to drive culture and practice change.

The Change Agent Network group was first established in 2014 by Turning Point with the support of The Bouverie Centre, VAADA, Leadership Victoria, Bendigo Community Health and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The current Change Agent Network members come from differing backgrounds and expertise and represent a range of AOD organisations across the state including Access Health & Community, Albury Wodonga Health, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, Barwon Child Youth & Family, Bass Coast Health, The Bouverie Centre, Carrington Health, Cohealth, Colac Area Health, EACH – SURe, Eastern Health/Turning Point, Access Health and Community, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Monash Health, Odyssey House, The Royal Women's Hospital, The Salvation Army, St Vincent’s Hospital, Uniting Care ReGen, The Victorian Aids Council and Youth Support and Advocacy Service. 

For further information regarding the Change Agent Network please contact Rebekah Couldrey Change Agent Network Secretary and Project Officer, Turning Point on 8413 8710 or email

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