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The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards and the Coralie Ober Honour Role were introduced by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee in 2012 to provide peer recognition of, and appreciation for the important commitment and contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander make to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Additionally, they recognise the role that organisations and non-Indigenous people also play in reducing these harmful effects.

Award Categories

The award categories include:

  1. Excellence Award, female worker
  2. Excellence Award, male worker
  3. Remote Worker Award, female worker
  4. Remote Worker Award, male worker
  5. Encouragement Award, female worker
  6. Encouragement Award, male worker
  7. Appreciation Award, male or female, non-Indigenous worker
  8. Recognition Award, service or program

The Excellence Awards recognise a female and male worker as having made an important commitment and contribution to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over at least 5 years.

The Remote Worker Awards acknowledges the unique challenges facing workers in remote locations. The Awards recognise a male and a female worker as having made an important commitment and contribution to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over at least 5 years.

The Encouragement Awards recognise a female and male worker who has been active in the alcohol and drug sector for four or less years.  The Encouragement Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding capability, empathy and enthusiasm in their short career.

The Appreciation Award recognises a non-Indigenous female or male worker as having made an important commitment and contribution to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over at least 5 years.

The Recognition Award acknowledges a service or program that has made a significant contribution in reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over at least 5 years.

These award recipients will receive a plaque and a cash prize.

The Coralie Ober Honour Roll

The Coralie Ober Honour Roll was named in honour of Coralie Ober who was a registered nurse, consultant and researcher. She was an Islander by birth with kinship ties in the Aboriginal communities of Cherbourg, Palm Island, the Torres Strait Islander community of Saibai and Vanuatu in the Pacific Islands. She was responsible for the development of Indigenous Risk Impact Screen and Brief Intervention (IRIS) and also sat on a number of state and national committees, including the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee.

The Coralie Ober Honour Roll recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable period of time (at least 10 years), to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  It acknowledges and publicly recognises the exceptional effort, which is made by workers who have tirelessly contributed to this sector over a number of years.

Recognition

Recipients of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards and the Coralie Ober Honour Roll will be recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.

The successful recipients of the 2021 Awards and the Honour Roll will be announced during the dinner at the 6th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC20) in Adelaide, SA on Thursday 25 March 2021.

Judging Criteria

Excellence Awards, Female and Male Worker

  • The individual must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • The individual must have made an important contribution to addressing harmful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and drug use for 5 years or more.
  • Nominations may be made for people who have or are currently working directly in the drug and alcohol field, or in related fields.

Remote Worker Awards, Female and Male Worker

  • The individual must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • The individual must have worked in a remote location for 5 years or more
  • The individual must have made an important contribution to addressing harmful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and drug use for 5 years or more.
  • Nominations may be made for people who have or are currently working directly in the drug and alcohol field, or in related fields.

Encouragement Awards, Female and Male Worker

  • The individual must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • The individual must have no more than four years working in the alcohol and drug field.
  • The individual must have demonstrated outstanding capability in their work.

Appreciation Award, Male or Female Non-Indigenous Worker

  • The individual must be non-Indigenous.
  • The individual must have made an important contribution to addressing harmful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and drug use for 5 years or more.
  • Nominations may be made for people who have or are currently working directly in the drug and alcohol field, or in related fields.
  • Nominations must be made by either an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or service.

Recognition Award, Service or Program

  • The service or program must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisation or run by one.
  • The service or program must have been operating for 5 years or more.
  • The service or program must have made an important contribution to addressing harmful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and drug use for 5 years or more.
  • Nominations may be made for a services or programs that have or are currently providing drug and alcohol services.

Honour Roll

  • Nominees must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • The individual must have made a significant contribution to addressing harmful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and drug use over at least 10 years.
  • Nominations may be made for people who have or are currently working directly in the drug and alcohol field, or in related fields.

How to nominate 

 Nominations for these awards are now open and must be received by midnight Friday, 11 December 2020.

Please complete the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards Application Form provided on this website and return it to:

Denise Gilchrist

Conference Organiser

Email: denise@adac.org.au

Postal Address: 155 Holbrooks Rd, Underdale, SA, 5032

Fax: 08 8352 4546

Nomination Guidelines

  • An individual must be nominated by a person or organisation other than the individual being nominated.
  • A service must be nominated by a person or organisation other than the service being nominated.
  • A program must be nominated by a person or organisation not employed or responsible for the program being nominated.
  • A member of the Conference Reference Committee may be nominated or nominate a person or service/program in accordance with the above.
  • To nominate an individual or service/program, please complete and sign the Nomination Form.
  • Submit your nomination by email or facsimile.
  • When submitting attachments please send these together in one email where possible.
  • Please read the judging criteria carefully.
  • If you are having difficulty completing the nomination form please contact Denise Gilchrist on 0437002316 or at denise@adac.org.au.

Terms and Conditions

  • No feedback or discussion will be entered into regarding nominations and award results.
  • Nominations must address the judging criteria. Applications that fail to do so will not be considered.
  • Nominations will be assessed by a panel of people appointed by ADAC to judge each award.
  • Nominations must be received by midnight Friday, 11 December 2020.

Nomination Form can be accessed here.

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