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International Family Drug Support Day 2018

Tony Trimingham talks about International Family Drug Support Day 2018.
See the website for details of events around the world here:
http://internationalfdsday.fds.org.au

Family Drug Support Now Online for Families

FDS Support Online3 April 2017
 

Tony Trimingham, the Founder and CEO of Family Drug Support (FDS), has described how proud he is with the development of the first Australian interactive online resource designed specifically to support families struggling to deal with drug and alcohol problems.

 
The New resource is available here:  fdsonline.org.au

This project was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health through the National Ice Action Strategy. It has been produced by Readymade Productions in collaboration with FDS staff and volunteers.

The resource centres on the documentary film of a family support group, and will be of particular benefit to families in regional and rural communities who don’t have ready access to support group meetings. The new resource, together with FDS’ 24/7 telephone support line, will help ensure every family can access support when they need it.

Acknowledgements

Armstrong Legal is happy to assist Tony and the Family Drug Support Organisation by offering free legal advice from expert Criminal Lawyers.
 
FDS complies with State and Federal Government requirements to establish and maintain a child safe environment.
 
Family Drug Support acknowledges all Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people and their ancestors as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we live and work. Family Drug Support embraces all people regardless of their origin, culture or religious background. We believe that all Australians have the right to feel safe, respected and valued as part of the community in which they live. As an organisation; Family Drug Support is committed to the principles of human rights which recognises and respects the value and dignity of all people.
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FDS Board Members

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John Della Bosca Chair
Bob Lorschy Deputy Chair
Anne Carroll  Treasurer
Ros Cluning Secretary
Imogen Yang  
Beth Connolly  
Bill Campos  
Brian Francis  
Kath Grech  

Philosophy

philosophyOur energies are given in primarily supporting families struggling as a result of drug use. We aim to assist in any way possible to empower families to cope with the realisation of their situation and to survive it intact. To this end we offer a seven day, 24 hour telephone line Australia-wide, manned by volunteers offering help to diffuse crisis, proffering strategies for coping and giving any information required. We believe families are important.
 
They are the ones who understand their family member more so than anyone else. If left to work through issues in isolation, families can become exhausted and give up. However, when supported they can become a vital force for positive change. FDS is committed to working with professional organisations and forming constructive partnerships. Armed with collective wisdom, FDS has adopted a view of harm minimisation.
 
We aim therefore to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of drug use for the community and for the individual. We do not condone or encourage illegal behaviour of any kind. FDS does, however, have a commitment to the reform of some drug laws. We believe the use of all drug substances should be decriminalised. We would like crimes committed as a result of drug use be carefully assessed and where possible, perpetrators diverted to treatment and not sentenced to jail.
 
FDS has no sympathy or tolerance for major crime i.e. violence/drug importation.

We Believe

hands2In the interpersonal, family, social and political factors needing to be considered when planning drug prevention and treatment strategies.
 
In real changes occurring when individuals, families and the community participate in the process.
 
In education, health promotion and treatment activities linked to a continuum of service provisions providing a coherent and inter-related range of services.
 
In encouraging education and treatment, and promoting improved outcomes for users, their families and the community.
 
In contributing to the development and skills of volunteers.
 
In working in partnerships with governments and other agencies to effectively achieve these objectives.

Mission

profileMISSION STATEMENT

To assist families throughout Australia to deal with alcohol and drug issues in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes.

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