Lyndon’s Raechel Wallace receives Award for Excellence at the National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Awards.
The 4th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference was held in Adelaide, from 11 – 14 October 2016 with the theme – ‘Showing Initiative: AOD Interventions Required to Close the Gap by 2030’.
The conference includes the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards – providing peer recognition of, and appreciation for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the alcohol and other drug field.
The Excellence Award recognises a worker as having made an important commitment and contribution to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over at least 5 years. As a national award it is strongly contested.
This year the Excellence Award in the female category was presented to the Manager of Lyndon’s Wandarma project – Raechel Wallace.
Lyndon’s Dr Julaine Allan nominated Raechel for this award and her nomination follows:
Raechel has been manager of Wandarma in Bega for five years and working in Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol services for 10 years prior. As a member of the Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Network (ADAN) leadership team, Raechel has significant responsibility to support and develop Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers across NSW.
Day to day Raechel manages a team of Aboriginal staff who provide support, case work, men’s and women’s groups and youth programs to the communities of the South Coast of NSW. Raechel has grown the team from three to eight staff, and in the last 12 months has created two trainee positions for local people. The trainee positions use a ‘grow your own’ strategy to provide a way for the local community to develop their own solutions to harm done by substance use.
Raechel has strong networks across Aboriginal Health providers that enables her to take a holistic view of service provision. This includes health and well-being programs, youth programs such as ‘sista speak’ and ‘hip-hop’ events, needle & syringe programs and suicide prevention.
At the same time Raechel supports her team to work across the community to help mainstream housing, employment and family services to offer a good service for Aboriginal people.
For Lyndon, Raechel has developed work with Aboriginal people to be more culturally appropriate and as a result we have seen a significant increase in Aboriginal people completing our mainstream treatment programs and improving their quality of life. This achievement is critical when drug & alcohol programs are so limited in rural NSW.
Raechel works across communities, across sectors and from community to government levels to reduce the harmful effects of drug & alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has made a significant commitment and contribution over 15 years and intends to continue.
Congratulations to Raechel on such a deserving award. Lyndon is very proud to have you on the team.