We encourage Local Drug Action Teams to link with existing programs that have been shown to work.
A critical early decision for your group is whether to link in with existing programs that provide social activities, healthcare information and support appropriate to older people in your community, or to develop your own activity.
A selection of existing programs is listed below:
Rotary Australia also have information on volunteer avenues.
You may find other programs through local health services, peak bodies and by drawing on local knowledge and networks. There may be a number of existing programs already in place in your community that you can support and build on.
Existing programs may have an alcohol and other drug focus, or possibly a different overall focus such as preventing falls in the elderly, promoting appropriate use of medicines, or enhancing mental wellbeing. Be mindful to look outside the alcohol and other drug sector, as programs that target older people may be working towards other health and social outcomes.
Review the 'Determine the resources required' section on this page and Measure your success for insight into what is required when developing new approaches.
Due to the limited number of quality programs available, and the need for tailored approaches, many Local Drug Action Teams will work with community organisations to develop and deliver a targeted program for their community.
Setting objectives for your activity is an important part of the planning process.
Some example objectives for ‘Alcohol, Other Drugs and Older People’ are provided below. Groups can develop their own objectives, although you may find these a useful starting point:
For more information on how to formulate SMART objectives see Set Your Objectives.
Strong partnerships are critical to your success in preventing alcohol and other drug harms in the community.
Local Drug Action Teams will work with a variety of different community partners to deliver ‘Alcohol, Other Drugs and Older People’ activities. This could include health services, Lions Clubs, local councils, and other organisations that work directly with older people.
Partners can support your action in many different ways, including providing resources and venues for activities, hosting and promoting events, and providing opportunities for volunteering and social engagement, financial support, and much more.
Your specific approach to working with older people in the community may influence the type of individuals, networks and organisations that your group partners with.
Partners may include:
All alcohol and other drug activities need to be adequately resourced. Below is an indicative list of resources required for community organisations to deliver alcohol, other drugs and older people activities. Local Drug Action Teams may be able to provide some of these resources, or work with partners who can provide additional support.
This is not an exhaustive list and your LDAT should be mindful that the resources required will be largely influenced by the action taken by your team.
While you are planning your activity, it is important to consider measures of success for your activity. Determine how you will evaluate the success of your activity linking your success measures to your objectives (see Measure your success).