In addition to ISSUP's digital presence and annual event, ISSUP is now focused on building its third major strand. The third dimension is the establishment of ISSUP National Chapters. This will allow ISSUP’s activities and contributions to be available to meet the national needs and promote national and international sharing and support. ISSUP Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines are already in existence, but the new focus will allow their operations to be brought within a shared expression of ISSUP activity as well as establishing functioning ISSUP Nationals in new countries.
The new financial year at ISSUP has brought a significant change in the leadership roles in the organisation. As of November 1st, 2017 Joanna Travis-Roberts is the new Acting Executive Director. Former Executive Director, Jeff Lee, will continue to support the work and development of ISSUP in a Senior Consultant role.
Lisbon Addictions 2017, the second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, was held from 24th – 26th October at the Lisbon Congress Center. Over 1,000 participants from around the world came together to learn about and explore challenges relating to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, the internet and other addictive behaviours.
The ISSUP Executive Committee had an important meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 1-2, 2017. The beautiful Washington weather was sadly missed behind closed doors as the Executive Committee, which includes Jeff Lee, Joanna Travis-Roberts, and Riva Setiawan from the ISSUP Staff team alongside Melody Heaps, ISSUP’s Chair, Sue Thau and Vivienne Evans. The meeting was also attended by colleagues from the U.S.
The ISSUP team held a three-day staff meeting in Windsor, UK from 7 – 9 February 2017. The meeting offered a chance to reflect on the organisation’s achievements so far, as well as to consider and evaluate its future objectives which will look to further ISSUP’s contribution to the professionalisation of the substance use prevention and treatment workforce.
In January, ISSUP staff came together for a planning session. It was an in depth discussion which kicks us off for 2017 with renewed energy and action plans!
The ISSUP staff held a two day meeting in Loughborough, UK over the weekend of 3-4 September to review the work plan for the year ahead. Much attention was given to the development of the Knowledge Share section of the ISSUP website in the presence of ISSUP’s two most recent staff appointments Livia Edegger and Ally Lee. Both will be working part-time on the development of the content of the website with a particular focus on the Knowledge Share section.