72 NEW LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAMS TO TACKLE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS
Thursday, 28 February 2019
An additional 72 Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) will be rolled out across the nation to tackle the harm caused by drugs and alcohol misuse on individuals and families.
Speaking at the Wellington LDAT site in Sale, Victoria, the Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie today congratulated the local community organisations, along with their partners, that will receive funding from the Liberal Nationals Government through the fourth round of the successful Local Drug Action Team Program.
The new LDATs are being supported through the $298 million investment under the National Ice Action Strategy to combat drug and alcohol misuse across Australia.
“It’s fantastic to welcome 72 new LDATs to the program who will develop and deliver local plans and activities to prevent alcohol and drug misuse in their local communities,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Today’s announcement brings the total number of LDATs to 244 across Australia, exceeding our target of 220 by 2020.
“LDATs bring together community organisations to tackle substance misuse which can have devastating impacts on our communities - especially in rural and regional areas - and it’s clear that our communities are increasingly becoming empowered to take action at the local level.”
Each of the 72 LDATs will receive an initial $10,000 to help them to refine a local community action plan. Each team will have an opportunity to apply for additional funding to support the delivery of local activities once their plans are finalised.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed today’s funding announcement.
“It’s important that we try to stop people in our community from trying illicit drugs for the first time and reduce binge drinking and alcohol abuse,” Mr Chester said. “One way of doing that is to ensure that everyone feels they are part of the community.”
”Gippsland is no different to other areas and drugs and alcohol are ruining lives and devastating families. Ice and other drugs do not discriminate.
“Many of us personally know families in our community who are dealing with the fallout of these insidious drugs.
“This funding enables the community to band together to fight the problem.”
Minister McKenzie said the LDATs announced will be supported to identify and deliver evidence-based prevention, promotion and harm-reduction activities which will work for their local community.
“The LDAT partnerships include local councils, service providers, schools, police, young people, Indigenous and primary health services and other non-government organisations, and the teams will have support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to assist in prevention activities,” Minister McKenzie said.
Minister McKenzie acknowledged the importance of LDATs for driving change at a local level and highlighted the great work coming out of the program.
“The Hepburn LDAT, for instance, in Victoria is working to prevent and minimise harm from alcohol and drug misuse by improving access to education and skills development for young people,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The team has developed a 19-week program to up-skill young people and help them to build confidence, improve their knowledge about health and reconnect with their community.”
The Local Drug Action Team Program is a key component of the National Ice Action Strategy.
For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs treatment services, please call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.
More information about LDATs can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website