The Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI) Community of Practice (COP) meets quarterly around the state to share information, approaches, successes and challenges in using PPEI approaches in our work. This community of practice has helped to make connections and learn from each other what prevention approaches work well in the community and education space.
The aim of COP has been to collectively talk about and share information about prevention and promotion and what that looks like beyond the AOD sector, e.g. some organisations have shared their approach of working in community to educate about the importance of protective factors in preventing harm from drugs. Another goal in 2019 is to work together to provide current evidence to Government on the benefits of funding promotion and prevention programs. (in community and education sectors?)
3 video conference meetings (Hobart, Launceston and Burnie) are currently scheduled for the rest of 2019 to continue sharing resources and information. The Community of Practice is also considering a state-wide face to face meeting in the middle of the year to focus on specific goals.
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If you are interested in joining the COP please contact Maria via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria is available to have a conversation about how you can get further involved.
At our first meeting for 2019 the COP talked about the possibility of becoming a local drug action team. This opportunity will be explored with the potential focus on a specific project with the benefit of a number of organisations working together to continue promotion and prevention efforts over the next 12 to 18 months. Some thoughts are to convene prevention forums to continue education about prevention and promotion approaches throughout the Tasmanian community.