Applications are now open for the third round of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program. The program helps to bring the community together to develop local plans and activities to prevent and reduce the harm being caused by drugs and alcohol in their regions.
The PYMS Health Hub, which is due to be completed this year, is going to play a big role in tackling the terrible effects of drugs on our young people. We need to work together to find more ways to fight ice and other drugs doing harm in our communities.
Any organisation with an interest in tackling drug and alcohol issues in their community is encouraged to apply to the LDAT program.
In Round Two of the LDAT program a grant was awarded to the City of Mandurah and its Community Partner’s ‘Our Mandurah Community - Youth Alcohol Strategy’. They’re running a program designed to educate young people and their parents about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Thanks to the LDAT funding, the program has been able to expand.
This is just one example of how the LDAT program could assist your local community.
LDAT members could include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations.
Successful applicants will initially receive $10,000 to help them to develop a local action plan. Once the plan is finalised, LDATs can apply to receive up to an additional $30,000 in their first year (and then $40,000 a year) to support delivery of local activities.
Examples of activities that an LDAT might deliver in communities include:
- Raising awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine (also known as ‘ice’) and encouraging users to seek help;
- Working with vulnerable people to improve their current situation through education or employment services;
- Providing support and information to parents and carers to enable them to talk about alcohol and other drug issues with their children; and
- Developing local solutions for reducing violence and other harm related to alcohol and other drugs in public places.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has said that the Local Drug Action Teams is a key measure within the Turnbull Government’s $298 million National Ice Action Strategy to combat illicit drug and alcohol use.
“The National Ice Taskforce recognised that taking action at the local level and building community engagement and capacity is vital to reducing the harms that alcohol and other drugs have on individuals, families and communities.” Minister Hunt said.
Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the latest round of LDATs, acknowledging that regional communities are often the hardest hit when it comes to epidemics such as ‘ice’ addiction.
“Communities are working hard to establish and implement preventive and support services and this latest round of LDATs will assist communities further.” Minister McKenzie said.
“The Government is encouraging regional health care providers to apply to become an LDAT. Expertise in drug and alcohol issues is not a prerequisite to form a LDAT.”
The Turnbull Government is committed to combating the scourge of ice and we encourage more organisations to apply to join the LDAT program, to drive change at a local level.
Applications for round three of the LDAT program close 19 February 2018. There will be further opportunities to be part of the program later this year and in 2019.
For more information visit www.adf.org.au/ldat