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The Strong spirit strong mind awards were announced on the 14 March 2012 at the Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal drug and alcohol worker forum.
The forum was held in the Swan Valley, in Perth, WA, and was organised in partnership between the WA Drug and Alcohol Office, Department of Health and Ageing, and the WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies.
Winner of the Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Worker of the Year was Julie Woods, from Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation. The award acknowledged her work with drug, alcohol and mental health issues in the Wyndham community of WA.
Other WA Aboriginal AOD workers were also recognised for their successful graduation in a Certificate III in community services work with awards at the forum. The award for Innovative and Culturally Secure Aboriginal AOD Program was given to equal winners:
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