Latest Funding Round Open for Local Drug Action Teams

Organisations are urged to apply for a new funding round to put more Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) on the ground in communities across Australia.

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30 October 2018

In order to tackle the growing ice problem across regional and rural Australia, the Liberal National government is investing $298 million over four years under the National Ice Action Strategy Local Drug Action Program.

The Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie, today encouraged local organisations to put in their application as part of the latest national round of the LDAT program.

“This is an opportunity for more grass roots organisations to form partnerships and join the 172 LDATs already funded across Australia. Local drug action teams directly tackle the devastating impact alcohol and drugs – including ice – have on their communities,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The LDAT program, through local partnerships, provides evidence-based prevention activities to minimise alcohol and other drug related harms in their communities.

Minister McKenzie said teams – including representatives from schools, health organisations, police, community groups, business and local government – were already doing great work in local areas.

“The Redtails, Pinktails Right Tracks team in the Northern Territory is working to prevent alcohol and other drug-related harm among young people in Central Australia,” Minister McKenzie said.

“These programs implemented by the LDATs are improving young people’s health and wellbeing, fostering their leadership and personal development, increasing their employment skills and opportunities, and using sport to develop a better connection with the community.

“In Victoria, the Wangaratta LDAT is educating staff in workplaces on the challenges facing their colleagues who have a problem with alcohol or drugs.

“This helps break down the stigma and supports a more supportive culture and environment which is helping to create a pathway for people to address their issues.

“We also have another great example in the University of Western Australia’s College Row LDAT, which has developed a practical event management and training tool kit for colleges about how to minimise or prevent university students’ misuse of alcohol at campus events.”

Minister McKenzie said the teams were supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which helped the LDATs develop and implement primary prevention activities in the community.

“This is all about community partnerships working together on a plan of action to prevent and minimise stamp out the misuse of drugs and alcohol in their town – developing local solutions for local problems,” Minister McKenzie said.

”If you want to make a difference in your community, like many LDATs already have, I encourage you to build local partnership and apply for the program.”

More information about LDATs and the application process can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website https://community.adf.org.au/implement


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Jonathan Hawkes 0434 660 801 | jonathan.hawkes@health.gov.au
Alex Hall 0407 743 752 | Alexandra.hall@health.gov.au

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