Of Substance e-bulletin, June 2012
PM honours international alcohol researcher
Melbourne-based Professor Robin Room has received the prestigious 2012 Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Alcohol and Other Drug Endeavours.
The award to one of the world's foremost alcohol researchers was announced on Friday night at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards, which capped this year's Drug Action Week.
The Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at Turning Point and Professor of Alcohol Policy Research at the University of Melbourne's School of Population Health, Professor Room's research has contributed to international alcohol policy for more than 40 years. Professor Room has worked for much of his career in the United States, Canada and Europe.
The Prime Minister's Award was the top award in a night of honours for people working with drug and alcohol issues.
An audience of around 300 enthusiastically welcomed the announcement of this year's Honour Roll inductees, drug consumer advocate Annie Madden and family support worker Tony Trimingham.
Ms Madden is the executive officer of the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League and for almost two decades has been a strong voice representing people who use illicit drugs. Mr Trimingham founded the Family Drug Support service after the death of his son Damien from a heroin overdose in 1997.
Other award recipients:
• Excellence in Law Enforcement: The Australian Crime Commission for its Illicit Drug Report, which provides a comprehensive description of Australia's illicit drug environment.
• Excellence in Prevention and Community Education: The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Edith Cowan University; Research Centre and The University of Melbourne for their Drug Education in Schools (DEVS) curriculum that addresses issues around the use of alcohol and other drugs to Year Eight and Nine students.
• Excellence in Research: Dr Coral Gartner of the University of Queensland, the Salvation Army Recovery Services and Illawarra Institute for Mental Health were the joint winners of the award for their joint Bridging the Gap initiative, which has established a sustainable research program that is being used to improve the quality of substance abuse treatment within the non-government sector.
• Excellence in Drug Education: Northern NSW's Banora Point High School for its smoking cessation program.
• Excellence in Sporting Communities: Sale Tennis Club, for its sustained commitment to the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports program and the impact that is having on its community.
• Excellence in Treatment and Support: WHOS Opioid Treatment Program, for its unique therapeutic community programs which serve people who are also receiving opioid substitution treatments.
• Excellence in Services to Young People: Odyssey House Victoria for its work in community schools which are an alternative to young people who are disengaged from mainstream education.
• Excellence in alcohol and other drug media reporting: Luke Waters, SBS, for a documentary The Wrong Rein, which looked at jockey Jamie Evans struggle with addiction.
For photos and more information about the National Drug and Alcohol Awards, click here.