70 NSW Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) from Bowraville to Ballina gathered
in Newcastle on March 12th for the 2018 NSW
CDAT conference. Championing the work of CDAT's and providing them with a
platform to collaborate and connect, the event included an awards ceremony to
highlight the state's most successful strategies, projects and activities
undertaken by local CDATs.
CDATs are local groups of
passionate volunteers leading Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) prevention projects
aiming to strengthen their communities. Along with teams from all over NSW, a
recently formed CDAT from Bowraville also attended the event.
Funded by NSW Health and
hosted by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) as part of the 2017/18 ADF
Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP), the conference was officially
launched by the Executive Director, Centre for Population Health Dr Jo
The event included a number
of guest speakers including Liz Skelton - Director of Collaboration for Impact,
Ms Annie Bleeker – AOD Consultant Trainer and Facilitator, and Mr Geoff Munro –
National Policy Manager at ADF. These discussions played a vital role in
updating participants' knowledge in key areas of policy, research and practice
in AOD, harm reduction and community mobilisation.
From 2013 to 2017 Aboriginal
participation in CDATs has more than doubled and the representation of
Aboriginal people at the 2018 NSW CDAT Conference was an encouraging reminder
of this progression.
To learn more about the CDAT
Program visit https://adf.org.au/. Are
your drinking habits putting you at risk? Check out our Risk Assessment Tool.