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.
made up of passionate and dedicated volunteers who love their local area and
want the best for their community.
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).
Community-based 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.
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.
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.
also generated some local media interest with Prime 7 News interviewing Annie
and Amanda. Watch the interview here.
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 Mead
Are you interested in joining your local CDAT team? Get involved today.
about some of the most commonly used drugs affecting Australians right now,
check out our A-Z listing of drugs.