$2.6 Million for Drug Action Week
Drug Action Awareness activities will benefit from $2.6 million to support future events, Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler announced on 18 June. The announcement of this funding, which will also support the continuation of the National Drug and Alcohol Awards and other national drug-prevention activities, marks the start of Drug Action Week 2012.
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18 June 2012
Drug Action Awareness activities will benefit from $2.6 million to support future events, Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler announced today.
The announcement of this funding, which will also support the continuation of the National Drug and Alcohol Awards and other national drug-prevention activities, marks the start of Drug Action Week 2012.
Minister Butler said the projects would boost community awareness of illicit drug use.
“This funding will fund seven projects over three years to continue the prevention of substance misuse and promote service improvements across the drug and alcohol sector.
“For example this funding will also support the Incolink Foundation’s programs to prevent and reduce substance misuse and harm among the one million workers in the building and construction industry.
Minister Butler said communities across Australia have rallied in support of Drug Action Week 2012.
“Drug Action Week has registered more than 850 activities and over 300,000 participants who are out there raising awareness of alcohol and other drug related issues, as well as promoting the important achievements of workers across the sector.
“That’s a great achievement and I’m thrilled to announce this new funding will help make sure that the effects of drug and alcohol related problems are being addressed and talked about in communities around the country.
Drug Action Week runs from 17 – 23 June. For more information visit the Drug Action Week website
For more information, please contact the Minister’s Office on 02 6277 7280
The seven projects to benefit from this additional funding will include;
- The Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, which will continue to run Drug Action Week and its National Drug and Alcohol Awards.
- Incolink Foundation’s programs to prevent and reduce substance misuse and harm among the 1 million workers in the building and construction industry.
- DRUG ARM Australasia, which will develop an online alcohol-tobacco-and-other drug prevention and networking hub.
- Monash University, which will make it easier for people to navigate treatment in Australia’s drug and alcohol services and will help improve the linkages between emergency services, healthcare clinics, carers, consumers and the drug and alcohol sector.
- Community Solutions, which will provide professional development opportunities for people who work in alcohol and other drug services.
- The Western Australia Alcohol and Drug Authority, which will improve the ability of its partner jurisdictions to sustain delivery of nationally-recognised training and workforce development for Indigenous workers in the alcohol and ‘other drugs’ sector.
- The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, which will sponsor conferences to promote understanding of national issues in prevention, service improvement and early intervention in the misuse of alcohol and other drugs.
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