On May 10th,
seven community drug action teams (CDATs) from across south west NSW came
together to discuss drug use in the region, collaborate and share initiatives.
CDATs are made up of passionate and
dedicated volunteers who love their local area and want the best for their
Since 1999, CDATs have led thousands
of activities to engage at-risk youth, educate parents and the wider community
through community activities and campaigns to curb alcohol-fuelled violence and
drug use. NSW Health funds the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) to
support the CDATs through the Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP).
solutions play an important role in the prevention of alcohol-related
harm. Within their local community, CDATs work to increase awareness of alcohol
and other drugs (AOD) related harms, promote the uptake of protective
strategies aimed at reducing harm, and contribute to the prevention and misuse
of AOD through appropriate local community activities and initiatives.
The South West NSW CDAT Forum
included a presentation from AOD consultant trainer and facilitator Annie
Bleeker, who provided an overview of drugs in Australia as well as highlighting
major drugs of concern.
Jenny Atkinson spoke from Calvary
Drug and Alcohol Service and Senior Sergeant Ross Jackson from Wagga Police
spoke to the CDATs about local issues. Amanda Kelly, Damian Dabrowski and John
Dean from the ADF discussed best practice, other CDAT projects in NSW and how
to develop a Community Drug Action Plan.
The forum also generated some local
media interest with Prime 7 News interviewing Annie and Amanda. Watch the
The day’s events concluded with a
quote provided by the ADF:
“Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only
thing that ever has.” – Margaret
Are you interested in joining your local
CDAT team? Get
To learn about some of the most
commonly used drugs affecting Australians right now, check out our A-Z listing of drugs.