Action team to tackle alcohol and drug harm

Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s chief executive Dr Erin Lalor in Darwin announcing the new Local Drug Action Teams.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s chief executive Dr Erin Lalor in Darwin announcing the new Local Drug Action Teams.

Fairfield Council will develop a Community Drug Action Plan in the new financial year with the aim to “reduce, prevent and minimise” alcohol and other drug harm.

Fairfield is one of 92 new Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) announced by the Australian Government and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) recently to prevent alcohol and other drug harms at a grass-roots level.   

Fairfield Council is the lead organisation for the new LDAT for Fairfield and the surrounding areas. It joins 80 existing LDATs nationally and more than 1000 organisations committed to the Local Drug Action Team Program.

The new LDAT will receive $10,000 from the Australian Government and will be supported by the ADF to finalise the plan which will build or extend partnerships in the community and use local knowledge to deliver evidence-informed alcohol and other drug harm prevention projects.

“The plan will detail how strategies to reduce, prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug harm will be implemented collaboratively by all LDAT members,” a council spokesman said.

“The plan will build on previous action plans in consultation with the community and relevant agencies.”

ADF’s chief executive Dr Erin Lalor said it was a “fantastic opportunity” for community partnerships to use local knowledge and build evidence-informed initiatives to prevent alcohol and other drug related-harms in their communities.

“The Local Drug Action Team Program recognises that all local areas are different and that community-led initiatives are critical when it comes to preventing harms caused by alcohol and other drugs, including crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’),” Dr Lalor said.

Click here to find a map of the newly announced LDATs