Spotlight: Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service

May 10, 2021

Recognising the key partnerships and collaborations are key to achieving shared solutions and positive injury outcomes for the WA community. 

In recognition of this, the 2021 Injury Matters Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA Award was awarded to the Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service.  

David Beattie (Injury Matters), Matthew Steffel (Holyoake), Jo Drayton (Holyoake), Jo-Anne Woodruff (Holyoake), Mario Gallo (Holyoake), and Sandy Lukjanowski (Injury Matters).

The Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service’s Prevention Team assist and support over 100 communities and 30 local governments throughout the Wheatbelt and are a great example of what collaboration can achieve. The team are highly regarded within the Wheatbelt region for their efforts in working to prevent the harms associated with alcohol and drug misuse. 

The team deliver a range of injury prevention initiatives, which are guided by state and national evidence-based frameworks initiatives. These initiatives include; the delivery of training developing suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug management plans, maintaining the Wheatbelt Professionals Wellbeing Portal and providing postvention support to people impacted by suicide. 

Collaboration plays an important role in the delivery of work done by the Wheatbelt Community Alcohol and Drug Service Prevention Team with regional or place-based partners. These collaborative activities, alongside the strong inter-agency networks, have contributed to significant improvements in safety within the Wheatbelt region and overall work to achieve a safer WA.   

Injury Matters congratulates the Holyoake Wheatbelt Community Alcohol & Drug Service on winning the 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA Award.