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Four Local Drug Action Teams established in the ACT to fight addiction

By Ian Bushnell 31 May 2018 0

The Local Drug Action Teams will support community organisations to work in partnership to develop and deliver programs that prevent or minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs.

Three ACT organisations have received Federal Government funding to establish Local Drug Action Teams as part of a national program to tackle alcohol and drug addiction – including ice – in the community.

The Local Drug Action Team Program supports community organisations to work in partnership to develop and deliver programs that prevent or minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs. Local Drug Action Teams work together, and with the community, to identify the issue they want to tackle and to develop and implement a plan for action.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation provides practical resources to assist Local Drug Action Teams to deliver evidence-informed projects and activities.

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja said the four LDATs would receive an initial $10,000 each in funding to help develop local Community Action Plans. Those groups can then apply for additional funding to help deliver targeted, local projects, with support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

The four LDATs are:

  • Impact Alcohol: Parents Prepared – young people and alcohol, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT Inc. (ATODA)
  • West Belconnen Community Garden and Transitions Project, Belconnen Community Service
  • Changing the course of alcohol (and other drug) consumption in ACT higher education institutions: A coordinated response, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT Inc. (ATODA)
  • ACT Connect LDAT – Prevention through Participation, Assisting Drug Dependents Incorporated trading as Directions Health Services.

“I’m pleased that people from the ACT are working together to tackle the devastating impact of alcohol and drugs — including ice,” Senator Seselja said.

“The teams will deliver local health prevention activities, including education, mentoring and support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug-related harms.

“This is why the roll-out of our own Local Drug Action Team will be important for the strength, health and well-being of our community now, and into the future.”

Minister for Rural Health, Bridget McKenzie said the Government was spending $298 million over four years to combat drug and alcohol misuse across Australia under the National Ice Action Strategy.

“Regional communities are often the hardest hit when it comes to ice abuse and addiction,” Ms McKenzie said.

“I want to congratulate all successful LDATs, it is important that we provide communities with the right tools, resources and support to drive change at a local level,” she said.

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