Join the drug action team

Federal Assistant Health Minister and Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie is encouraging interested organisations to apply to join the Federal Coalition Government’s Local Drug Action Team program with the second round of applications now open.

Dr Gillespie said the Federal Coalition Government initiative and community groups across Australia are joining forces to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction.

“We need to work together to fight the scourge of ice and other drugs which cause so much harm to individuals, families and our communities,” Dr Gillespie said.

The Federal Coalition Government is investing $298-million over four years in this initiative to reduce the harm of ice, drugs and alcohol.

The Local Drug Action Team is a community driven program, supporting local organisations to work together to develop and deliver local solutions to tackle drug and alcohol issues. 

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will support the program to develop and deliver evidence-based community level planning and action.

Each successful Local Drug Action Team will receive minimum initial funding of $10,000 to support the further development of their local plan for on the ground prevention activities. 

Dr Gillespie said community teams could apply for funding of up to $40,000 per annum to support the prevention activities and priorities they have identified in response to local issues.

“Membership of each team might include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations and interested community members,” Dr Gillespie said.

Examples of the sorts of activities Local Drug Action Teams might undertake could include:

  • Fighting the scourge of ice in communities by promoting and disseminating evidence-based information and encouraging people to access available support.
  • Working with vulnerable people to improve engagement with education/employment services.
  • Providing support and information for parents and carers to talk to each other and their children about alcohol and other drug issues.
  • Developing local solutions for reducing alcohol-related violence and other drug harms in community spaces.

Applications close on July 14.

Details about the program, community support material and application documentation is available on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at www.adf.org.au