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Addressing alcohol and other drug use in your community

state thumbnail Dignity, Diversion, Home and Hope:
A Review of Interventions for Volatile Substance Misuse in Regional North Queensland.

NIIS Information Strategy Developing an Inhalant Misuse Community Strategy
This booklet aims to assist local communities to address inhalant misuse.
Amity NT community group reduces sniffing harms
Education workshops and camps succeed in lowering inhalant use among Darwin youth.
WYDAC Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC)
Strong community involvement and high engagement lies beneath the success of one of Australia's most successful programs combatting inhalant misuse in remote communities.
YPA Targeting inhalant use head on in Mt Isa
A holistic approach to inhalant misuse sees intervention, prevention and community engagement reduce inhalant misuse.

GrogWatch-thumbnail80 Follow the GrogWatch blog
Become part of an online community taking action on preventing alcohol-related harm in families and the wider community.
cdat joinacdat thumbnail Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs)
If you're in New South Wales, volunteer to join a CDAT. These teams work together to minimise and prevent harmful use of alcohol and other drugs in their neighbourhoods.

workplace Christmas party Targetting workplaces in your community projects
Issues relating to alcohol and drug use cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion a year, mainly arising from lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries in the workplace and death.
media Lobbying for change through the  media
Advocacy has played a key role in tobacco law reform. Communities can play an important role in continuing to send governments a message on the need for more change.
root Tackling the root of alcohol and drug problems
Running projects that focus on why people misuse alcohol and drugs, like dysfunctional family relationships, can be more effective than concentrating on the actual alcohol and drug use.  
what_is_alcohol_and_drug_prevention What is alcohol and drug prevention?
There are different types of alcohol and other drug prevention programs. Understanding each type can help you set clear aims for your next community project.

Coordinated approach needed for behaviour change
From schools, to GPs to bars and pubs to workplaces – ensuring your project covers a number of these community settings can help you be more effective and achieve behaviour change.

keeping_school_leavers_safe Keeping school leavers safe
‘Schoolies’ events are often associated with risky drinking among young people. But the Surf Coast Shire community in Victoria has managed to develop a school leavers event that has reduced alcohol-related harm.
prevention_research Preventing alcohol and drug problems in your community
Tacking AOD problems can be challenging and it’s often difficult to achieve results. This publication looks at best practice approaches to community programs to give you some ideas for your next project.
6_steps_to_planning_community_alcohol_and_drug_projects 6 steps to planning community alcohol and drug projects
Discussion guide to assist your working group plan its next community project. Taking some time to follow these steps will help you achieve a better result.
Leveraging social media Leveraging social media
Social media offers huge opportunities to connect with people. Learn how alcohol companies are taking advantage of these opportunities and how you can too in your community projects.
_schools Preventing alcohol and drug problems through schools
Schools can play a key role in preventing alcohol and drug problems. Learn how parents and the wider community can help them.
good_sports Sporting clubs prove an ideal setting for prevention
Research has shown that programs like Good Sports can reduce AOD harm in communities. Learn how sporting clubs have implemented this program to achieve significant results.
adf_search ADF Search
Online access to reports, books and journal articles on AOD community interventions.


Last updated: 15 April 2016

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