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Accredited organisations win big at 2021 AOD Awards NSW

Pictured: Josette Freeman, SMART Recovery

The AOD Awards for the New South Wales (NSW) Non Government Sector were presented as part of the NADA Conference on 23 April 2021.

The awards were established in 2014 to acknowledge the significant contribution of the non government alcohol and other drugs sector in reducing alcohol and drug related harms to NSW communities through leadership, program design and delivery, and dedicated workforce.

QIP would like to congratulate all ten of the ten winners for 2021, and would like to particularly acknowledge the following five QIP accredited winners. Accreditation means that these non government organisations are also recognised for their commitment to best practice, quality, systems and processes and continuous improvement.


First Australians award – improving outcomes for Aboriginal people

Recognises the significant contribution of a Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individuals to improve alcohol and other drugs outcomes for Aboriginal peoples and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.


  • Steven Taylor, Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation
    • Providing a safe and positive place of healing for Aboriginal people who are suffering from the harmful effects of Alcohol, Tobacco and other drugs.
    • The Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation has been accredited against the QIC Standards with QIP since 2007.

Certificates of commendation

  • The Glen Centre, Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation
    • Male-specific Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, who are proud to provide opportunities for drug and alcohol rehabilitation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous men from all over NSW.
    • Accredited against the QIC Standards with QIP since 2003.
  • Community Restorative Centre (CRC), Transitional Indigenous Service
    • Provides a range of services to people involved in the criminal justice system and their families. All CRC programs aim to reduce crime and break entrenched cycles of disadvantage, offending and imprisonment.
    • CRC has been accredited against the QIC Standards with QIP since 2019.


Excellence in health promotion award

This award recognises excellence and/or innovation in health promotion to reduce alcohol and other drugs related harms. This includes harm reduction, community development and prevention activities.


  • Youth Solutions
    • Deliver programs, campaigns and seminars that focus on promoting health and preventing drug and alcohol harm to young people and the wider community.
    • Youth Solutions has been accredited with QIP against the QIC Standards since 2006 and ASES since 2015.


Outstanding contribution award

This award recognises the significant contribution of an individual working in the non government alcohol and other drugs sector.


  • Josette Freeman, SMART Recovery Australia
    • SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addictions. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.
    • SMART Recovery has been accredited with QIP against the ASES since 2017.

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