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Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) 2016 Gathering



The Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) is made up of over 35 organisations from Australia and New Zealand offering therapeutic community and residential rehabilitation to adolescents, adults, and families. The 2016 conference is less formal and more of a gathering with the theme of Come sit together. It aims to bringing together mainstream alcohol and other drug treatment and support programs and Aboriginal health organisations that work together to bring about positive outcomes for first nations clients, their children, their families, their mobs and the community.

The conference organising committee this year is made up of:

As part of this year's conference, the ATCA recognition awards will also be presented. The ATCA awards are presented to individuals and/or organisations who have provided dedicated and innovative leadership which has resulted in the enhancement of the Therapeutic community (TC) model of treatment for alcohol and other drug issues.

For more information regarding award categories, registration fees, abstract submissions and schedules, please see the links below.

HealthInfoNet Cafe

Research Officer, Avinna Trzesinski, conducted the only exhibit a the 30th year of the ATCA conference.

There were are range of promotional resources available for delegates to take away including hard copies of the updated Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Also on show on the iPads were the VSU eBook and AODconnect phone app.

Avinna was able to speak one on one with the delegates about their work in therapeutic communities, justice, research, and alcohol and other drugs sectors, and share relevant information and provide specific resources catered to their individual needs.

Avinna showing the VSU eBook on the iPad
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Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch
Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA)
Mobile: 0422 904 040


Last updated: 21 December 2016
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