Alcohol and Other Drugs Management Procedure

Document Number000855
Date Approved4 June 2008
   

1.      Introduction

This procedure supports the  implementation of the  Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy and must be read in conjunction with that policy and the Appendices attached to this document.

2.      Definitions

In the context of this document:

EAP means Employee Assistance Program

3.      Procedure

3.1.     Managing Misuse of Alcohol or Other Drugs

i.  Staff are not expected to diagnose or counsel students or staff who appear to be misusing alcohol or drugs.

ii. Where safety issues or impaired performance resulting from alcohol or drug use are identified, staff must take action if there is a risk to the wellbeing or welfare of the person or others.

iii. Students who are aware that another student is affected by alcohol or drug use should encourage the affected student(s) to seek assistance and should recommend contacting the University’s Counselling Service.

iv. Where appropriate staff who believe that misuse of alcohol or drugs is occurring, are to encourage students/staff (in confidence) to seek assistance and should offer them access to the University’s EAP for staff or University Counselling Service for students.

v. Staff members are to avoid acting in a manner that may itself be unsafe or may aggravate the situation and should being the matter to the attention of their immediate supervisor. Where there is an issue of safety Security must be contacted to determine an appropriate management plan.

vi. A member of staff who has a student in a class who appears to be affected by alcohol or other drugs may:

a) request that the student leave class if their behaviour is distracting or disruptive;

b) insist that the student leave the class if the effect of alcohol or drugs

  • leaves them incapable of operating equipment safely or
  • impairs the safe handling of equipment by other students;

c)  seek the assistance of Security Officers if the student resists appropriate advice or instruction about leaving; and

d) at a subsequent meeting, encourage the student to seek assistance from the University Counselling service.

vii. The staff member may request the student to leave the area or the engagement but should recognise when a student may be at risk and make appropriate arrangements for assistance.

viii. University staff responsible for formal events that are endorsed by the University must undertake an appropriate risk assessment in the course of planning the event.

ix.  All events involving alcohol must be in accordance with the Liquor Regulation 2008 http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/scanview/inforce/subordleg+417+1996+FIRST+0+N

4.      Essential Supporting Documents

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Responsible Service of Alcohol Regulation

Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC)

5.      Related Documents

Code of Conduct 000059

Student Misconduct Rule 000935


APPENDIX A:    GETTING HELP FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS

University Health Services

Callaghan Campus

 

 

(02) 4921 6000

University Counselling Service

Callaghan Campus

Central Coast Campus

 

 

(02)4921 5801

(02) 4348 4060

Employee Assistance program (EAP)

New Psych Psychologists (Newcastle and Gosford)

Life Matters Psychology Services (Newcastle)

 

 

4926 5005

4965 3530

Healthlink (Health services information)

Freecall

 

 

1800 063 635

Drug and Alcohol Services:

Alcohol and Drug Information and Counselling Service

24 Hour Counselling and Referrals (Lowrey Lodge)

Upper Hunter Substance Abuse Support Services Inc

 

 

1800 422 599

(02)4924 6248

(02) 6543 2677

Hunter

Northumberland Community Health Centre Cessnock

Lower Hunter Community Health Centre East Maitland

Nelson Bay Community Health Centre Nelson Bay

Newcastle East Community Health Centre Newcastle

Toronto Community Health Centre for appointments phone

Wallsend

Lowrey Lodge Wallsend

Raymond Terrace Community Health Centre Singleton Hospital

For appointments phone Cessnock

 

 

(02) 4990 4444

(02) 4933 4422

(02) 4981 2222

(02) 4923 6060

(02) 4924 6248

(02) 4924 6248

(02) 4987 3764

(02) 4990 4444

CentralCoast

Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Referral Centre

Kullaroo Clinic: Drug and Alcohol Counsellors – all areas Gosford

 

 

(02) 4323 1144

(02) 4320 2637

Drug and Alcohol Services: Clinical Units

Lowrey Lodge Non-medical Detoxification Unit Wallsend

Lorna House, Mater Hospital Waratah

Kirkwood House, James Fletcher Hospital Newcastle

Kaoriki House, Morisset Hospital Morisset

Kamira Farm Gosford

 

 

(02) 4924 6248

(02) 4921 1825

(02) 4924 6650

(02) 4973 0258

(02) 4320 1341

Methadone Services

King Street, Newcastle

Cessnock Hospital

Pacific Centre Methodone Unit (Private)

Kullaroo Clinic, Gosford

 

 

(02) 4923 6215

(02) 4990 1166

(02) 4334 1717

(02) 4320 1341

Drug and Alcohol Services – Prevention Education and Information

Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS)

Centre for Education and Information Drugs (C.E.I.D.A.)

Drug and Alcohol Education and Prevention Team

Newcastle

Central Coast

Ethnicline (24 hours)

Lifeline (24 hours – all areas)

 

QUIT

Newcastle

Central Coast

 

State Clinical Drug and Alcohol Advisory Service

 

 

1800 422 599

(02) 9818 5222

 

(02) 4924 6367

(02) 4320 2637

1800 815 511

131 114

 

 

(02) 4924 6398

(02) 4320 4500

 

1800 023 687

Drug and Alcohol Services: Needle and Syringe Exchange

Newcastle

Gosford

Secondary Outlet – Needle and Syringe Exchange

University Health Services.

Central Coast Campus Student Services

 

 

(02) 4923 6056

(02) 4334 8751

 

(02) 4921 6000

(02) 4348 4060

Self-Help Groups

There are self-help groups throughout NSW for people with drug and alcohol problems. Your call will be confidential, and your attendance at meetings is anonymous.

  • AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (for people with a drinking problem)

Newcastle

Gosford

  • NA – Narcotics Anonymous

Newcastle

Gosford

  • SA – Smokers Anonymous
  • Smokenders (Newcastle and Central Coast) – Freecall Help Line
  • Recorded Information Line
  • PA – Pills Anonymous
  • Gamblers Anonymous – G-Line

 

  • AL-ANON and AL-ateen (for relatives and friends problem drinkers)

      Newcastle

      Gosford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(02) 4969 2196

(02) 4323 3890

 

(02) 4969 6767

(02) 4325 0524

(02) 9428 3758

1800 0221 000

0055 51000

(02) 9337 1420

1800 633 635

 

 

 

(02) 4969 3889

(02) 4332 0703

(02) 4344 6939

(02) 4341 3090

(02) 4390 9881

NAR – ANON for relatives and friends of people with problems with other drugs, mainly narcotics like heroin.

       Sydney

       Central Coast

 

 

 

(02) 9418 8728

(02) 4325 0524


APPENDIX B:          Division 2 - RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL

 

40   Obligations of licensee as to responsible service of alcohol

(1)  The licensee of licensed premises must not:

(a)  sell, supply or serve liquor by retail on the premises, or

(b)  cause or permit liquor to be sold, supplied or served by retail on the premises,unless the licensee holds a recognised RSA certificate.

 Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.

(2)  The licensee of licensed premises must not cause or permit a staff member to sell, supply or serve liquor by retail on the premises unless the staff member holds a recognised RSA certificate.

 Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.

(3)  Subclause (1) does not apply to:

(a)  a person who is taken to be the licensee pursuant to section 62 of the Act, or

(b)  a licensee that is a corporation.

 

41   Obligations of staff members as to responsible service of alcohol

A staff member of licensed premises must not sell, supply or serve liquor by retail on the premises unless the staff member holds a recognised RSA certificate.

Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.

 

42   Obligations in relation to persons carrying on certain security activities

(1)  The licensee of licensed premises must not employ or engage a person to carry on activities as a crowd controller or bouncer on or about the premises unless the person holds a recognised RSA certificate.

Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.

(2)  A person must not, in the course of the person’s employment, carry on activities as a crowd controller or bouncer on or about licensed premises unless the person holds a recognised RSA certificate.

Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.

Note. Under the Security Industry Act 1997, a person who is employed to act as a crowd controller, venue controller or bouncer is required to hold a class 1C licence under that Act.

 

43   Conduct of promotional activities

For the purposes of this Part:

(a)  liquor that is sold, supplied or served on licensed premises as part of a promotional activity conducted by someone other than the licensee is taken to have been sold, supplied or served by retail, and

(b)  any person by whom liquor is sold, supplied or served on licensed premises as part of a promotional activity conducted by someone other than the licensee is taken to be a staff member.

 

44   Licensee to keep register of recognised RSA certificates

(1)  It is a condition of a licence for licensed premises that the licensee must    keep a register containing:

(a)  a copy of the recognised RSA certificate for the licensee, and

(b)  a copy of the recognised RSA certificate for each staff member whose duties include the sale, supply or service of liquor by retail, and

(c)  a copy of the recognised RSA certificate for each person employed or engaged by the licensee to carry on activities as a crowd controller or bouncer on or about the licensed premises.

(2)  It is a condition of a licence for licensed premises that the licensee must    make the register kept under this clause available for inspection on request  by a police officer or inspector

 

Source: Liquor Regulation 2008

 

 


APPENDIX C:  ADVERTISING REGULATION

The Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) and Complaints management system is the self regulating advertising scheme of the Australian alcohol beverages industry.

Advertisements for Alcohol Beverages must:

a) present a mature, balanced and responsible approach to the consumption of alcohol beverages and, accordingly

i. must not encourage excessive consumption or abuse of alcohol;

ii. must not encourage under age drinking;

iii. must not promote offensive behaviour, or the excessive consumption, misuse or abuse of alcohol beverages;

iv. must only depict the responsible and moderate consumption of alcohol beverages;

b) not have a strong or evident appeal to children or adolescents and accordingly:

i. adults appearing in advertisements must be over 25 years of age and be clearly depicted as adults;

ii. children and adolescents may only appear in advertisements in natural situations (e.g. family barbecue) and where there is no implication that the depicted children and adolescents will consume or serve alcohol beverages; and

iii. adults under the age of 25 years may only appear as part of a natural crowd or background scene;

c) not suggest that the consumption or presence of alcohol beverages may create or contribute to a significant change in mood or environment, and

i. must not depict the consumption or presence of alcohol as a cause of or contributing to the achievement of personal, business, social, sporting, sexual or other success;

ii. if alcohol beverages are depicted as part of a celebration, must not imply or suggest that the beverage was a cause or contributed to success or achievement; and

iii. must not suggest that the consumption of alcohol beverages offers any therapeutic benefit or is a necessary aid to relaxation;

d) not depict any direct association between the consumption of alcohol beverages, other than low alcohol beverages, and the operation of a motor vehicle, boat or potentially hazardous activity, and, accordingly

i. any depiction of the consumption of alcohol beverages in connection with the above activities must not be represented as having taken place before or during the engagement of the activity in question and must in all cases portray safe practices.

ii. Any claim concerning safe consumption of low alcohol beverages must be demonstrably accurate;

e) not challenge or dare people to drink or sample a particular alcohol beverage, other than low alcohol beverages, and must not contain any inducement to prefer an alcohol beverage because of its higher alcohol content; and

f) comply with the Advertiser Code of Ethics adopted by the Australian Association of National Advertisers.

g) not encourage consumption that is in excess of, or inconsistent with the Australian Alcohol Guidelines issued by the NHMRC. http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/ds9syn.htm

 Promotion of Alcohol at Events:

1. All promotional advertising in support of events does not clearly target underage persons and as such is consistent with the ABAC standards.

2. Alcohol beverages served at such events are served in keeping with guidelines, and where applicable legal requirements, for responsible service of alcohol.

3. Promotional staff at events do not promote consumption patterns that are inconsistent with responsible consumption, as defined in the NHMRC guidelines.

4. Promotional staff do not misstate the nature of alcohol content of a product.

5. Promotional staff at events are of legal drinking age.

6. Promotional materials distributed at events do not clearly target underage persons.

7. Promotional materials given away at or in association with events do not connect the consumption of alcohol with the achievement of sexual success.

8. Promotional materials given away or in association with events do not link the consumption of alcohol with sporting, financial, professional or personal success.

9. Promotional materials given away at events do not encourage consumption patterns that are inconsistent with responsible consumption, as defined in the NHMRC Guidelines. And

10. A condition of entry into giveaways promoted by alcohol companies at or in association with events is that participants must be over legal drinking age; and prizes given away in promotions associated with alcohol beverage companies will only be awarded to winners who are over legal drinking age.

Source: NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing

Approval AuthorityVice-Chancellor
Date Approved4 June 2008
Date for Review4 June 2011
Policy SponsorDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Services)
Policy OwnerDirector, Human Resource Services
Policy ContactAssociate Director, Health and Safety
Amendment History

23 August 2011 - Administrative amendments due to implementation of Student Misconduct Rule which replaced Student Discipline Rules effective 25 July 2011.