The Local Drug Action Team Program supports communities to work together to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs.
The Local Drug Action Team Program supports community organisations to work in partnership to develop and deliver activities that prevent or minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs. Local Drug Action teams work together, and with the community, to identify the issue they want to tackle, and to develop and implement a plan for action.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation provides a number of practical resources to assist Local Drug Action Teams to deliver evidence-informed activities. The community grants component of the Local Drug Action Team Program may provide funding to support this work.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation have a range of resources to support Local Drug Action Teams, including a suite of toolkits which provide step-by-step instructions to deliver locally tailored, evidence-informed activities.
Community groups have a diverse range of skills and experience – some may benefit from all of the information on this site, while others will be more familiar with how to drive community-based action to prevent alcohol and other drug-related harms.
The toolkits were designed with this in mind, as stand-alone resources which can be accessed as needed.
The Local Drug Action Team Program is funded by the Australian Government and is being implemented across Australia. By 2020, there will be over 240 communities actively involved.
Community-based action is powerful in preventing and minimising harm from alcohol and other drugs.
Alcohol and other drug-related harms are mediated by a number of factors – those that protect against risk, and those that increase risk. For example, factors that protect against alcohol and other drug-related harms include social connection, education, safe and secure housing, and a sense of belonging to a community. Factors that increase risk of alcohol and other drug-related harms include high availability of drugs, low levels of social cohesion, unstable housing, and socioeconomic disadvantage. Most of these factors are found at the community level and must be targeted at this level for change.
Alcohol and other drugs are a community issue, not just an individual issue. Community action to prevent alcohol and other drug-related harms is effective because: