COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Advice for the SMART Recovery Australia Community

Ryan McGlaughlin
SMART Recovery Australia - Executive Director

Last updated: 17 March, 2019:

The health and wellbeing of our SMART Recovery staff, facilitators and participants is our top priority. SMART Recovery Australia is monitoring advice from local, state and national health authorities to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date information.


Advice for Participants

(See advice for Facilitators here)


1. Safety guidelines for face-to-face SMART Recovery meetings

  • Clean meeting room surfaces before commencement
  • Practice good hand hygiene, see WHO guidelines
  • Maintain social distancing (1.5m distance)
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene by covering mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the used tissue immediately
  • Anyone with a fever, cough, or any respiratory difficulty, especially breathing, please stay at home
  • Online meetings are available for participants feeling unwell or anxious about attending meetings in person.


2. Call ahead to make sure your meeting is running

  • Before attending a SMART Recovery meeting, please visit our website and call your meeting contact number to ensure the meeting is going ahead.


3. Try our online meetings

  • Online SMART Recovery meetings currently run six days a week and provide a vital service to those who can’t attend face-to-face meetings due to group postponement or social distancing and isolation. Find out more about online meetings here.


4. Consider getting a copy of the SMART Recovery Participant Manual

  • This 70-page self-help book for all forms of addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc.) is a great alternative for those who can’t attend face-to-face meetings. Learn more here.

Advice for Facilitators and Partners

1. Safety guidelines for face-to-face SMART Recovery meetings

  • See above guidelines
  • Online meetings are available for participants feeling unwell or anxious about attending meetings in person.


2. Please inform us if your meeting is going on hold

  • Please keep us updated with the status of your meeting so the national online meeting directory can be updated accordingly and we avoid people turning up to any meetings that aren’t running.
    Call: 02 9373 5100 or email: smartrecovery@srau.org.au


3. Would you like to continue your meeting online?

  • We are making our online meeting video conference platform available to facilitators and partner organisations who wish to continue their meeting online.
  • For assistance and training setting up your SMART Recovery meeting online, please contact:

Dan Raffell
National Program Manager (Online lead)
draffell@srau.org.au

Michael Bellamy
Head of Digital
mbellamy@srau.org.au

Should you have your own means of hosting online meetings, please advise and we will promote this in place of your face-to-face meeting listing.


4. Face-to-face Facilitator Training events (8-10 people capacity) remain scheduled, for now.

We are monitoring this situation daily in accordance with advice from national and state health authorities, and will advise if and when there are any changes.

It is however highly probable that there will be a decrease in the amount and frequency of face-to-face training over the coming months due to COVID-19. The SMART Recovery Australia team are building the capacity and capability of the online training as a part of a contingency plan.


5. Facilitator Training is available online

Our face-to-face Facilitator Training course is emulated online via a 6hrs interactive e-learning package, including video demonstrations, tutorials and live video conference workshops. Trainees can graduate to start a SMART Recovery meeting face-to-face or online.

Above all, the safety of SMART Recovery staff, facilitators and participants is paramount. Please keep us updated with the status of your meetings and we will communicate again with you this week with our updated response regarding COVID-19.

Take care and be safe,


Ryan McGlaughlin

Executive Director
SMART Recovery Australia

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