NEWS Articles

Jan 18, 2022

Creating 'the Habit' of Positive Thinking

One benefit of this amazing adaptable brain we have, is that we can train it. We can train it, and ourselves, to “think” in certain ways.
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Dec 10, 2021

The Fight for Human Rights: A Movement for Equality

In an unjust world, Human Rights Day provides us with hope for a better world, represented by core values such as shared humanity, simple connection and the shared bounty of this planet.
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Matthew Simons
Dec 1, 2021

Planning a Christmas break-up?

Here’s a thought: why not make ‘the festive season’ a time to think about your drug and alcohol policy and the culture around drinking and respect in your workplace? 
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Nov 30, 2021

‘Giving back’… It’s Good For Us

Put simply, it is good for us – and good for society – to be generous and kind, to ‘give back’.
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Matthew Simons
Oct 29, 2021

Join the MOvement: A “Tash” for Movember

But the beauty of Movember – growing a moustache for men’s health – is that no matter how underwhelming our facial hair may be, it doesn’t actually matter.
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Matthew Simons
Oct 27, 2021

‘Back to work’ and those COVID-19 drinking habits: Time for a reset and rethink?

Among the unwelcome ‘by-products’ of extended lockdowns and the pandemic has been the alarming spike in alcohol and drug use among Australians, young Australians in particular. 
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Matthew Simons
Oct 10, 2021

World Homeless Day 2021: A Human Rights Concern

A bed to sleep in, a hot shower and a home cooked meal. For many of us, these everyday luxuries are taken for granted... So, what can we do to make a difference?
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Matthew Simons
Oct 1, 2021

Talktober: It’s time for a shift in attitude

There is still a clear stigma in Australia around mental health and vulnerability, despite the progress of recent years. That stigma is perhaps most prevalent in young Australian men.
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Matthew Simons
Sep 27, 2021

Sober October: An opportunity to ‘take stock’

Dry January, Dry July and now Sober October - going alcohol-free for the month is catching on. So why not give it a shot?
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Matthew Simons
Sep 10, 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day 2021: Creating Hope Through Action

World Suicide Prevention Day provides us with an opportunity to create change around alarming suicide rates, with a hope of one day, working together towards a world without suicide.
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Matthew Simons
Aug 31, 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day: It’s time to stop the preventable

The driving force behind the campaign is to raise awareness of overdoses, to remember those lost, and to reduce stigma surrounding overdose deaths.
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Matthew Simons
Aug 12, 2021

Tradies’ National Health Month: Let’s Talk About Tradie Health And Wellbeing

August marks Tradies’ National Health Month, a great opportunity to check in on the physical and mental wellbeing of the workers in your crew.
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Matthew Simons
Jul 23, 2021

Ok, Chill… Well, For One Day At Least: Introducing ‘Stress Down Day 2021’

More than just ‘a good cause’, Stress Down Day is an initiative to promote happiness, reduce stress and to encourage help-seeking behaviours
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Matthew Simons
Jul 4, 2021

NAIDOC Week: A Celebration and an Opportunity

If someone were to ask: “What significant week in the Australian calendar begins the first Sunday in July?”, would you be able to give the correct answer? It is, of course, NAIDOC Week...
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Matthew Simons
Jun 30, 2021

Dry July: Doing your bit to help

Although many believe that having a few drinks is a part of the Australian culture, we need to remember the simple facts. Alcohol in large doses is toxic...
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Matthew Simons
Jun 25, 2021

'Day of the Seafarer' - For a fairer future

Since its foundation in 2011, every year on the 25th of June we celebrate the “Day of the Seafarer” which recognises the contribution of seafarers to international trade and the world economy.
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Matthew Simons
Jun 24, 2021

Darren: Everyone has a story and this is mine

It’s a story of a struggle with mental health disorder and addiction and of its impact on my life.
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Darren Harland
Apr 19, 2021

Mental Health and Stigma

There is a clear stigma in this country about mental health and vulnerability.
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Matthew Simons
Sep 28, 2020

A Manual For Riding Out the Mental Health Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic, the stress and dislocation of ‘lock-down’ and the economic uncertainty that has followed in its wake, presents serious challenges to the mental health..
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Sep 11, 2020

Gambling Addiction: Its links to anxiety, depression and other comorbidities

Why does a problem gambler continue to gamble? Why would a person choose to repeat doing something that repeatedly demonstrates that doing it is a bad idea?...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Nov 19, 2019

Dealing with drug or alcohol impaired customers or visitors

For people working in customer service, in front counter or sales roles, the likelihood is high that they will encounter or be engaged in interactions with drug or alcohol-impaired customers...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Nov 19, 2019

ADA Australia working with the ETU

ADA Australia’s alcohol and drug awareness training programs, with a range of associated services, is now being delivered to ETU members and their families; some hundreds have now gone through...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Nov 19, 2019

ADA Australia: Drugs and alcohol awareness training for sporting clubs

A young footballer and a positive drug test? We can hardly claim to be shocked or surprised (without blushing to the roots of our hairs)...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Sep 9, 2019

The Little Blue Book of Workplace Mental Health

There is a quiet crisis in Australian workplaces that, for many workers, can too easily pass unrecognised… until too late...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Jul 15, 2019

ADA Australia: Submission to the National Treatment Framework

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Australia was invited to provide input to the draft National Treatment Framework (NTF), being developed by UNSW Social Policy Research Centre...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Oct 31, 2017

Hunky Dory: “Business has a part to play in tackling drugs and alcohol"

The Flinders University report recognised that workplaces were “largely overlooked” as places to influence behaviours and to effect cultural change around the misuse of alcohol (and drugs)...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Sep 18, 2017

ADA Australia: A Handbook of Alcohol, Drugs and Workplace Risk - Now Available

ADA Australia has released its new training guide – A HANDBOOK OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND WORKPLACE RISK...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Sep 14, 2017

ADA Australia: Alcohol, Drugs and Family Violence

Australian research into the scourge of family violence shows a strong causal link between the misuse of alcohol and drugs, and violence committed against partners and other family members...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Sep 14, 2017

Pharmaceuticals: The killer drugs we too easily ignore

According to the Victorian Coroner (Victorian Overdose Deaths, J Dwyer, C Miller, 2017), pharmaceutical drugs contribute in an astonishing 81 percent of overdose deaths in that state...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO
Sep 12, 2017

ADA Australia: Tips to help you manage your drinking

If you’ve drunk too much, there is no quick-fix to sobering-up...
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Tim O'Brien - CEO