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Collaborative named Supreme Winner of Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award
Collaborative named Supreme Winner of Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award
18 September 2014

The AOD Provider Collaborative's Internship Programme was announced the 2014 Supreme Winner of the Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award at the DAPAANZ Cutting Edge conference in Dunedin on 18 September. The judging panel noted the programme was a great way to encourage recruitment into addiction treatment from a broad base of experience.

The award seeks to showcase innovations that contribute to improving workplace wellbeing and staff engagement. 

In doing so, Matua Raki hopes to focus national attention on addiction treatment organisations and services engaged in best workforce practices.

The Collaborative's Internship Programme was developed in collaboration with the University of Auckland and offered for the first time in 2014.  Two interns are rotated through three different services on a one-year internship that also incorporates a postgraduate qualification in alocohol and drug studies and provisional DAPAANZ registration on completion.

The Collaborative wishes to extend special thanks to Odyssey, CADS South and Salvation Army for providing internship placements for the programme.

Asian Family Services (Problem Gambling Foundation) and Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa received highly commended awards with judges noting both organisations 'demonstrated high levels of commitment to making positive changes in their work environments and cultures to improve people's work lives'.

Photo: Sam White (left) and Anne Bateman with the award presented at the 2014 Cutting Edge conference. Source: Matua Raki