Photo: South West HHS Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Prevention Officer Michael Reddan

Two-day workshops in Roma and St George in late September will offer participants valuable skills in
managing addictive behaviours in others and establishing volunteer self-help groups.

The South West Hospital and Health Service has partnered with SMART Recovery Australia to deliver
the workshops to participants in the Maranoa and St George regions.

South West HHS Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Prevention Officer Michael Reddan said SMART
Recovery Australia helped people help each other to manage addictive behaviours for the improvement
of their community’s health and social well-being.

“It’s a self-help, mutual-aid program that offers the chance for people to work together to examine and
change problem behaviours. Group participants are there to help themselves and each other,’’ he said.

“The aim of the workshops is to provide professional training courses for community members and
health professionals wanting to become volunteer facilitators for SMART Recovery groups in their
community or organisation.

“This will allow them to go on to establish groups in their own communities and help others seeking to
manage addictive behaviours with weekly group meetings and support.

“As such, we want to attract participants not just from Roma and St George themselves but also from the
small surrounding communities such as Surat, Injune, Mitchell, Wallumbilla, Dirranbandi, Bollon and
Mungindi.’’

The courses will be held at:

• St George: 18–19 September at the Cultural Centre, 112–118 Victoria St.
• Roma: 20–21 September at the Starlight Motor Inn – 20B Bowen St.

“Anyone in the community can register to do the course and become a SMART Recovery volunteer
facilitator,’’ Mr Reddan said.

“There are no formal qualifications required, other than a desire to learn and help.’’
SMART Recovery courses focus on teaching a four-point program based on:

• Enhancing and maintaining motivation
• Coping with urges
• Problem solving
• Lifestyle balance.

Mr Reddan said the SMART Recovery program was for people with any type of addiction, whether that
be drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, shopping, internet use, or anything.

“Our focus will be on drugs and alcohol initially but may expand to other areas over time,’’ he said.
Mr Reddan said once participants had completed the course, they would continue to be supported by
SMART Recovery for up to 12 months, and receive ongoing support from South West HHS health
professionals beyond that period.

The closing date for registrations is 3 September and the courses are free.

• For more information, contact Michael Reddan on 4624 2977 or email:
michael.reddan@health.qld.gov.au
• Or Daniel Raffell, SMART Recovery Australia, on 0410 877 857 or email:
draffell@srau.org.au
• To register for the St George course, visit:
https://smartrecovery.arlo.co/register?sgid=61b99287e2974184abbb5c1e3b353828
• To register for Roma, visit:
https://smartrecovery.arlo.co/register?sgid=b54b53dcd0b24a99920450b8edf30201

ENDS
For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au