Good Hope Story

Good Hope Story

This is very likely one of the hardest stories I have ever given. I will take you back to the age of thirteen. This is where my addiction started even though it More »

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

I was born in Gladstone Qld on the 23/10/1979.  My mother and father separated when I was one year of age. Mum found a new boyfriend who was her partner til I More »

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

My life before I got to New Beginnings was very depressing. I was out of control in so many ways. I had recently moved back from Mt Isa and was in a More »

WHOS MTAR Client Story

WHOS MTAR Client Story

Prior to coming to WHOS MTAR my life was unmanageable to the extent where even going to the chemist to pick up my methadone was a struggle. I was stuck in a More »

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

I was surrounded by drugs from an early age. My father was addicted to drugs and there wasn’t many times I did not see him with a beer in hand or some More »

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

Before I thought about coming to WHOS RTOD I had done about 12 detox programs and thought every time I could stay clean myself. It took a long time to realize this More »

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

Life before WHOS RTOD was absolute hell for me. I have one sister who is alive and 2 brothers deceased. My father passed away last year and my mum is dying from More »

Hunter resident reflections

Hunter resident reflections

What it was like. At the age of 11 it was just natural to me that everyone used drugs, I thought nothing of it. I listened to everyone glorifying it so I More »

Sophie

Sophie

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am an alcoholic. I will be eternally grateful to the Therapeutic Community at Cyrenian House, my counsellor, my very wise sponsor,  my Higher Power, my More »

 

Symposium 2018

ATCA Symposium 2018 – Sydney

17th September 2018

The ATCA Board of Directors invites you to the 2018 Annual General Meeting and ATCA Symposium, which this year takes the theme: Latest Trends, and…You tell us…

TCs are acknowledged as working with the most complex and chaotic populations.  Outcomes, nevertheless, have been shown to be impressive over many studies in Australia and internationally.  As we take up the challenges of the coming years, what will the AOD landscape present, and how do we continue to influence the policy framework through practice-based evidence?

Over the past three years, ATCA in association with our New Zealand members and Matua Raki, has developed the TC Training Course.  After two successful programs in New Zealand, the TC Training Course was adapted for Australian audiences, and has been rolled out across Australia over the past six months.  As we come to the Symposium, more than 170 participants will have completed the training in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide – and in the coming weeks further courses will be offered in Canberra and Melbourne. This is just one of the initiatives we have introduced as part of our Workforce Development strategy.

The ATCA Standard is now imbedded in the Quality Assurance model, with a growing number of our services – both TCs and Residential Rehabilitation Services (RRS) – undertaking certification against the Standard.  While we have had some limitations in terms of roll-out, a second Certifying Body is expected to be in place before the ATCA’s AGM – providing more opportunities for all our members to undertake the certification process.

One of our key challenges right now is to inspire those coming through our programs and entering into TCs as staff, to maintain the enthusiasm, the passion and the commitment to the TC model. 

So – a challenge to our members – as you register your delegates for this year’s Symposium – bring with you at least one of your newest staff members – these are our emerging leaders and the people who will carry our TCs forward into the next decades as we address the issues ahead of us. Help us to support and nurture them to become passionate about TCs.

Please click on the link below to view the ATCA Symposium Program and registration form.

Symposium Program, 17 September 2018 (PDF)