This LDAT aimed to prevent the use of methamphetamine, alcohol and illicit drugs among people aged 12–30 years old, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
The Eidsvold community was experiencing significant harms associated with alcohol and other drugs, particularly among young people. The LDAT wanted to focus on creating more opportunities for people to connect and participate in shared activities.
The LDAT identified issues in the community by conducting a range of different consultations, including regular school and community meetings, talking to young Indigenous parents at playgroup, visiting young people at the local football club training, etc.
Additionally, the LDAT was able to identify relevant data from the census, which highlighted key risk factors for alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harms in the community, including the number of people that identify as Aboriginal (>35%), number of single parent households (31%), unemployment (38.6%), disability among the Indigenous population (11.4%) and low socioeconomic status (63% have an income of less than $400 per week).
The LDAT completed the following steps and activities as part of this Community Action Plan:
The LDAT worked to strengthen community and cultural engagement, which is known to protect against the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs, and improve family relationships via the SAFE Program.
The LDAT also facilitated the development of a series of twelve video vignettes, which were created by the Burnett State College and Kepnock State High School secondary students in collaboration with the school nurse, Bridges staff, community Elders and Stepping Black.
Please note: The Local Drug Action Team program has evolved to include the SMART approach to objective setting since the completion of this Community Action Plan.
The LDAT achieved the following:
Were there any unintended consequences?
The unintended positive consequences included:
The LDAT found strength in building community and co-designing the approach to this Community Action Plan. The focus on bringing the community together, whether for consultations, or for specific activities, was positively received. In general, participants were broadly receptive to the program and keen to be more involved.
Reflections from community
❛ Feeling excited and inspired at a deeper level; can’t explain...this is the knowing, the pathway to travel.❜
❛ A most excellent weekend, in fact nobody wanted to go home...however, they all went home with a native plant from the education centres' nursery and a lot of hope, joy and aspirations.❜
❛ I enjoyed being reconnected to country and having my heart sing –I am going through trouble at the moment, being torn between two choices, this weekend I realised that I NEED to chase MY dreams to help MY People – the weaving was a bonus.❜
– From the Weekend of Weaving
Stepping Black Indigenous Corporation Australia