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Working together to support families where a parent uses alcohol and other drugs

25 November @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT



Working together to support families where a parent uses alcohol and/or other drugs

Debbie Scott, Shalini Arunogiri and Emma Bergwever
25 November 2020

This webinar will explore opportunities for using collaborative, family-inclusive approaches to support families where a parent uses alcohol and/or other drugs.

Families where a parent uses alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD) may need a range of different supports, including from child protection and family support services. Research indicates that when collaboration between these agencies is limited, families are at greater risk of falling through the gaps.

This webinar will build on the learnings from Collaborative practice in child and family welfare: Building practitioners’ competence, focusing on the opportunities that family-inclusive approaches offer in supporting families where a parent uses AOD. In particular, this webinar will outline:

  • Research evidence on the intersections between parental AOD use and child protection concerns
  • Principles and values that underpin the practice of professionals working in AOD and child protection
  • Opportunities and strategies for building cross-sector empathy and working together.

Drawing on case studies developed through a recent Turning Point survey, presenters will reflect on ways that collaboration between AOD and child and family welfare services can help to ensure families get the support they need.

Download the case studies [PDF, 352 KB]

This event will be of interest to professionals working in the fields of AOD, domestic and family violence, child protection, family relationship services and related services.

We encourage you to test your system(link is external) before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Debbie Scott

Strategic Lead for the National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit at Turning Point

Debbie is a public health researcher with a nursing background who applies that perspective to the use of data to inform the development of policy and prevention strategies. Her research focuses on surveillance methodologies and the use of surveillance data to improve the understanding of the role of alcohol and other drugs in intentional injury (e.g. family violence, child maltreatment and suicide and self-harm), thereby reducing harms associated with their intersections. Debbie has collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) on data quality issues and surveillance methodologies. Debbie is a member of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) Executive and the Chair of the AIPN Subcommittee on Alcohol and Drug Related Injury.


Shalini Arunogiri

Deputy Clinical Director at Turning Point

Shalini is an addiction psychiatrist and clinical researcher at Turning Point. Shalini leads a multidisciplinary team of over 50 clinicians delivering addiction treatment across telephone, online and face-to-face modalities. Shalini is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Central Clinical School, Monash University. She is also Chair of the RANZCP Binational Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry. Her clinical and research interests include methamphetamine use and related mental health problems, and women’s health and addictive disorders.


Emma Bergwever

Practice Leader for Mental Health with Queensland’s Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

In this role Emma supports the development of resources, knowledge and skills to strengthen practice in working with children and families experiencing difficulties with mental health and mental illness. In her work, Emma particularly enjoys working with large professional stakeholder groups where there are strong and divergent opinions. In these instances she draws on her social work framework and knowledge and skills to engage group energy to focus on the collective interests of children’s safety and wellbeing to bring about shared and effective plans for action. Along with her social work training, Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Public Health.


25 November
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT
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Working together to support families where a parent uses alcohol and other drugs

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