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CAHMA contributes a drug user perspective and voice on a number of committees and forums. We also participate and contribute to local and national governmant enquiries and provide submissions to local and national policy documents. We do this to ensure that drug users have a say in government policies and programs.


We have included below just some of the monthly, yearly or one off activities that we engage in to ensure that drug user have a voice. There are many more that we haven't included as the list is very long. We are always interested to hear the views and concerns of people who use drugs so we can take these views to the various committees and forums.


Following is a list of the regular committees which CAHMA workers sit on:

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Association (ATODA) Board.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Association (ATODA) Executive Officers Group.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Strategy Evaluation and Implementation Committee.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Workers Group.

Alcohol and other Drug Program (ADP) Quality and Safety Committee.

Alcohol and other Drug Program (ADP)/CAHMA Joint Health Promotion Working Group.

Canberra Sexual Health (CaSH) Network.

Community Corrections Committee.

Co-Morbidity Grant Recipients Group.

Co-Morbidity Strategic Working Group.

Drug Action Week Planning Committee.

General Practitioners Engagement Working Group.

NSW Users and AIDS Association Consumer Participation Project reference Committee.

Opiate Treatment Advisory Committee (OTAC).

Pharmacotherapy Advocacy and Action Team (PHAAT).

Women and Prisons Group.


In addition to this, CAHMA contributes to numerous other forums, government inquiries, strategies and policy development bodies. Some examples are providing submissions to:

ACT Human Rights Consultation.

ACT ICE Inquiry.

National Drug Strategy.

National Hepatitis C Strategy.

National HIV Strategy.

National Hepatitis B Strategy.

National Indigenous BBV and STI Strategy.

ACT HIV/AIDS BBV and STI Strategy.

ACT ATOD Strategy.

ACT Pharmacotherapy Guidelines.


As well as the above, CAHMA has run Focus Groups and Consultations for:

Treatment Approaches for User of Methamphetamines.

NSP in Prison.

Peer Distribution of Naloxone.

Review of ACT Pharmacotherapy Guidelines.

ACT Drug Strategy.

ACT Supervised Injecting Place.


CAHMA has also participated in time-limited committees such as:

Supervised Injecting Place.

AIVL Older User Project.

Alexander McConchie Center (AMC) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Evaluation Group.

Sexual Health, AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (SHARHD) ministerial advisory committee.


Over the years CAHMA staff have contributed presentations to many conferences, including:

Prison Health Conference.



International Harm Reduction Conference.


Reckitt Benckiser National Workshop.

AIVL AGM and National Workshop.

Public Health Association Conference.

Annual ACT AOD Sector Conference.


Each Year we hold activities and participate in Annual events such as:

International Drug User Day - 1st November.

World Aids Day - 1st December.

International Hepatitis Awareness Day.

Hepatitis Awareness Week at the end of July.

Drug Action Week.


We also contribute to training and information session for AOD, health and other community workers, such as:

Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)Training.

Pharmacist training.

Presentations to medical students.


CAHMA was also integral in setting up and running IENACT, the "Implementing Expanded Naloxone Availability in the ACT" program which provides Naloxone (narcan) to heroin users who may be at risk of overdose.