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Hybrid Meetings – An Option for Reopening Face to Face Meetings

With the gradual easing of Covid19 restrictions across Australia, some of our NA groups are reopening face to face meetings or are considering the viability of reopening face to face meetings in the near future.

States and Territories are in different stages of the easing of restrictions, and with the implementation of ‘’safe practice’’ directives there are still some venues not reopening yet, or who can only legally allow a limited number of attendees at the venue.

As such, many groups are choosing to run meetings in “Hybrid mode”. Hybrid meetings include both a physical presence and a virtual or online presence.

Just as the NA website transformed to support virtual meetings, we now have the capability to display meetings with both a physical and virtual presence for a meeting. Whether groups are returning to face to face format, running hybrid mode, or remaining online, we can accommodate your situation.

If groups need to update their meeting for any reason, (EG. Return to face to face, change of venue, hybrid meeting, meeting closure etc), please submit a meeting update and we will respond to your requests in a timely fashion.

Click on the “Meetings” Menu and select “Meeting Update Form” and choose the options that apply for the changes you’d like to make for your group.

How to find the Meeting Update Form

Positions Vacant – June 2020

Australian Regional Service Committee (ARSC) Chair

Snapshot of position:

You will be attending 3 ARSC (virtual or live) meetings, 12 Admin meetings and up to 12 FSO meetings per year, this position requires reading skills, computer skills – email and office 365, communication skills and a knowledge of how NA Australia runs. An understanding of Consensus Based Decision Making (CMDB) is high priority! You must have commitment and time to invest in NA to fill this service role.

Clean time requirement – 3 years

Assistant Treasurer

Snapshot of position:

Works closely with the Treasurer and assists the Treasurer both at the ARSC (virtual or live) and between meetings of the ARSC. This position requires knowledge of all things monetary, budgeting, forecasting, banking. You are accountable and committed in your role to be confirmed as Treasurer in the next cycle. You have computer skills in email and office 365. You must have commitment and time to invest in NA to fill this service role.

Clean time requirement – 5 years

Outreach Chair

Snapshot of position:

As Chairperson of Outreach you need great communication skills, pulling together a group of likeminded volunteers to help and support members or groups in isolated areas, hear and carry the message of NA. You have computer skills – email and office 365. You must have commitment and time to invest in NA to fill this service role.

Clean time requirement – 5 years

Outreach Vice Chair

Snapshot of position:

You support the Chairperson in the subcommittee, learning the role. You need computer skills – email and Office 365. You must have commitment and time to invest in NA to fill this service role.

Clean time requirement – 4 years

NA Today Vice Chair

Snapshot of position:

Vice Chair positions are there to support the Chairperson and to learn the role. NA Today Vice will need experience or an interest in publishing, communication skills and computer skills – email and office 365 You must have commitment and time to invest in NA to fill this service role.

Clean time requirement – 2 years

Policy Subcommittee Member

Snapshot of position:

There are Policy heads and there are not!! This position requires you to attend meetings with like-minded people who enjoy reading and have the ability to proofread documents, so grammar police welcome. Computer skills required – email and Office 365. You must have commitment and time to invest in NA to fill this service role.

Clean time requirement – 2 years

FSO POOL

Snapshot of position:

Nominees need to fulfil the FSO Management Committees’ obligations under law and are required to follow FSO procedure pertaining to elections including making an employment resume available to the FSO Board prior to the election. Nomination and election procedures are the same as those for the RSC. You must have commitment and time to invest in NA to fill this service role.

Clean time requirement – 3 years

Applicants should fill in an ARSC Position Nomination form and email it to secretary@na.org.au

STATEMENT REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

We have had many inquiries and questions about health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have been asked to address some of the issues and provide support for groups and Areas.

As a fellowship we have no opinion on outside issues, and it is not our role to make statements regarding health issues. We encourage NA groups to discuss the situations you are facing and the options you have to provide safe environments for those who attend your meetings. This statement has been prepared taking into account feedback from our members, and the collective experience of NA as a whole and what we have learned from how other NA service bodies are responding to the issue.

Groups may want to consider and make format changes in regard to;

· Avoiding hugs and handshakes

· Refraining from holding hands and embracing to close a meeting

· Providing meetings with hand sanitiser, extra soap, wipes etc

· Consider not offering refreshments

These are just a few thoughts; we honour each NA group’s responsibility to discuss and determine what is best for their meeting.

We have become aware that some groups are already facing issues with venues they host meetings at closing temporarily. Each group should consider their options around where and how meetings can be held and what plans they have to contact members to advise of such closures, especially at late notice.

The Australian Regional IT committee has advised of the following protocol to notify of temporary closure of meeting.

If you are part of a home group which is under a temporary closure due to the situation at hand please submit a meeting change request advising of such closures and we will update the meetings list accordingly and mark the meeting as “Temporarily suspended”. When the meeting is ready to reopen reply to the original notification you received and we will update the status. https://www.na.org.au/multi/meeting-update-form/

Large events like conventions, unity days and retreats may also be affected by measures put in place by venues, and committees may want to consider undertaking a risk assessment in deciding whether to continue, reschedule or cancel events. If you are considering attending an event please contact the service committee responsible for hosting that event or meeting or visit na.org.au as the best resource for current information for local events and meetings.

Service Bodies who conduct services under the PR banner (H&I presentations and/or PI presentations) may want to consider conducting risk assessments in deciding whether to continue providing services or suspending. Care should be taken to adhere to any restrictions provided by the facilities. We recommend that service co-ordinators maintain regular contact with facilities and with volunteers and be mindful of maintaining good relationships with current facilities or potential PR opportunities.

You may want to contact your national or local public health agencies for specific guidance regarding meetings and gatherings. We are aware of the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov. The World Health Organization (WHO) may also be a resource https://www.who.int/

Regardless of group decisions each individual is responsible for their own health decisions. Recovery support can come in many forms not just in person meetings. In times like this use of the telephone and technology can help us feel connected. Information regarding Australian online meetings can be found here https://www.na.org.au/multi/online-meetings/ and international online meetings can be found here https://virtual-na.org/

We are hopeful that NA members and groups can continue to provide support for one another as we move through this current situation, and we will update this information as necessary in the coming weeks. You have our best wishes.

To see the response from NA World Services click here https://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/Coronavirus_web_message_12Mar.pdf

Australian Regional Service Committee Admin – 15th March 2020