JOIN US AT THE SYMPOSIUM

Discover how to integrate an intersectional approach into Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) practice. Be inspired to drive inclusive change in Australian society and provide safe and accessible services for people with diverse identities and backgrounds.

Wednesday 17 July – 9:30am to 4:30pm

Footscray Community Arts

Our event is dedicated to sharing contemporary evidence on ‘intersectional practice’ and useful tools that can enable services to better address the needs for marginalised populations and reduce AOD related harm. 

The Symposium will feature a range of compelling activities and speakers.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Maria Dimopoulos AM

 

A nationally and internationally recognised expert specialising in intersectionality and inclusion.  Maria is an outstanding communicator with well over 30 years of continuous contribution to building strategic capability within a breadth of sectors across Australia. She has worked across all tiers of government advocating for human rights and social justice informed policy responses, areas that have been a lifelong passion and professional commitment. 

GUEST SPEAKER

Ged Kearney MP,
AM for Health and Aged Care

 

Ged’s working life – from nurse to President of the ACTU to parliamentarian – has been about fighting for the rights of others. 

She is a strong voice for social justice, workers’ rights and universal healthcare inside Parliament. Ged is a passionate advocate for the environment and throughout her career she has supported a humane response to refugees.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Todd Fernando

 

Dr. Todd Fernando, a Wiradjuri descendant and queer (he/him), holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from The University of Melbourne. As the former Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQA+ Communities, he led the development and implementation of the Victorian Government’s LGBTIQA+ Strategy. His innovative leadership and strategic insights continue to shape inclusive policies, emphasising his role as a key figure in social capability development and influence in equitable reforms.

The Zone Symposium: Intersectional AOD Practice

THE ZONE EVALUATION REPORT SHOWCASE

 

Gain valuable insights as Impact Co presents the learnings and findings from the Zone Evaluation Report, shedding light on effective strategies and impactful outcomes.

 INTERSECTIONAL AOD PRACTICE MODEL LAUNCH

 

We are thrilled to introduce our groundbreaking Intersectional AOD Practice Guide, designed to support service leaders and practitioners to integrate intersectional perspectives into their work.

INTERSECTIONAL AOD PRACTICE – FOCUS ACTIVITY

 

Engage in dynamic discussions on 5-6 key Intersectional AOD Practice approaches. This session will provide collaborative learning and practical takeaways.

Wednesday 17 July – 9:30am to 4:30pm
Footscray Community Arts

WHAT IS THE ZONE?

 

The Zone is an ‘Alcohol and Other Drug’ (AOD) treatment program for young people and families that is delivered as a joint initiative by the Youth Support & Advocacy Service (YSAS), Odyssey House Victoria and Drummond Street Services.

 

The Zone offers young people from LGBTIQ+, African and Pasifika communities an inclusive, culturally safe, specialist AOD youth services that embraces and responds to diversity.

Young people from these communities and their and families regularly encounter discrimination and are less likely to seek mainstream AOD treatment. 

The Zone integrates the following specialist support services in line with the needs and preferences of young people and families: 

  • Care planning and co-ordination
  • Outreach 
  • Case management 
  • Counselling 
  • Family support 
  • Links to other services
  • Support with Centrelink, legal services, cultural and community connection.

 

Young people aged 10-25 years of age who work, live, or have connections in the North-west Melbourne region are eligible. This includes:

  • Inner: Melbourne and Yarra Local Government Areas
  • North: Darebin, Moonee Valley and Moreland Local Government Areas
  • West: Brimbank, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong Local Government Areas
  • Outer North: Hume and Macedon Ranges
  • Outer West: Melton, Moorabool and Wyndham Local Government Areas.

EVENT DETAILS

 

Date:

Wednesday 17 July

 

Time:

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

Location:

Footscray Community Arts

45 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC

 

How to access the venue:

https://footscrayarts.com/plan-your-visit/

 

Event Program: coming soon

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 

Practitioners working with young people and adults who would like to enhance their practice with a more inclusive and intersectional AOD approach.

 

The event welcomes a diverse range of attendees, including:

  • Primary Health Network representatives
  • Leaders and frontline workers from ‘AOD Services’ and ‘Youth Organisations’
  • Practitioners with ‘Lived and Living Experience’
  • Community-Led Organisations

REGISTRATION


Tickets: FREE REGISTRATION 


The Symposium is fully catered. Spaces are limited. Register now!

Event Terms & Conditions

 

The symposium funded by the North West Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN).