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The effects

Alcohol and drug use > The effects

How could drugs affect you? The effects of any drug vary from person to person. How a drug affects a person can depend on their size, weight and health, also whether the person is used…

Identifying drug use

Teenagers > Identifying drug use

Identifying drug use Adolescence can be a tough time for parents. Your child is changing a lot and you may not feel as close to them as you used to. You might be worried that…

Talking about alcohol and drugs

Teenagers > Talking about alcohol and drugs

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Alcohol and drug use

Alcohol and drug use

What is a drug? A drug is any substance that, when taken or administered into the body has a physiological effect. A psychoactive or psychotropic drug affects mental processes and can influence mood, behavior, cognition…

Preventing alcohol and drug problems through schools

Best practice & resources > Preventing alcohol and drug problems through 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 communities can help them. Alcohol and drug (AOD) education in…

Dealing with a bad drug reaction

Supporting a loved one > Dealing with a bad drug reaction

Dealing with a bad reaction to a drug While the majority of people who have issues related to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) will never become aggessive, some do. It’s important to be aware that…

Want to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs? There’s an app for that.

Best practice & resources > Want to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs? There’s an app for that.

Want to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs? There’s an app for that. There are lots of apps out there, and not all were created equal! Thankfully the team at the ADF has…

Local Drug Action Teams

Programs > Local Drug Action Teams

Local Drug Action Team Program The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program supports communities to work together to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug (AOD) harm.

The Drug Wheel

The effects > The Drug Wheel

The ADF interactive Drug Wheel is based on the Drugs Wheel by Mark Adley and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available by…

What is alcohol and drug prevention?

Best practice & resources > What is alcohol and drug prevention?

What is alcohol and drug prevention? There are different types of alcohol and other drug prevention programs and understanding the definitions of them can help you set clear aims for your next community project. The…

Drug Education in Schools

Drug Education in Schools

Drug Education in Schools

Tackling the root of alcohol and drug problems

Best practice & resources > Tackling the root of alcohol and drug problems

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…

Drug information line

Resources > Drug information line

DrugInfo DrugInfo is a confidential, non-judgemental telephone and email information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use. DrugInfo also provides alcohol and drug professionals a…

Synthetic drugs within our community

Indigenous resources > Synthetic drugs within our community

Synthetic drugs within our community Synthetic drugs is a general term for drugs that are designed to produce similar effects to illegal drugs such as yarndi, cocaine and ecstasy. Manufacturers of these drugs use new…

Prescription drugs within our community

Indigenous resources > Prescription drugs within our community

Prescription drugs within our community How should they be used? When taking these drugs it’s important to follow the instructions, either from your doctor for prescription medicines or on the packet for OTC drugs. If…

Australian Drug Information Network

Resources > Australian Drug Information Network

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) ADIN is Australia’s leading alcohol and drug search directory. It provides reliable information on alcohol, other drugs and mental health, with links to treatment services, research, statistics, guidelines, journals, policy,…

Drug Facts

Drug Facts

Community Drug Action Teams NSW

Programs > Community Drug Action Teams NSW

Community Drug Action Teams – NSW These teams (also known as CDATs) are made up of passionate and dedicated volunteers who love their local area and want the best for their community. Since 1999, CDATs…

Media

About ADF > Media

Media The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team is readily available to help journalists with their media enquiries, with a range of spokespeople available to share their expertise on different alcohol and other drug-related issues.…

Media archive

Media > Media archive

Media archive The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team is readily available to help journalists with their media enquiries, with a range of spokespeople available to share their expertise on different alcohol and other drug-related…

2017 National AOD Awards

Programs > 2017 National AOD Awards

2017 Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards

What works?

Why primary prevention? > What works?

What works?

Withdrawal

Supporting a loved one > Withdrawal

Withdrawal What is withdrawal? Withdrawal is also known as detoxification or detox. It’s when you cut out, or cut back, on using alcohol or other drugs. You may have developed a physical or psychological dependence…

Publications

Resources > Publications

Publications Reports Infographics Booklets Reports

Safe partying tips for school leavers

Safe partying > Safe partying tips for school leavers

Safe partying tips for school leavers In the lead up to ‘schoolies’ or ‘leavers’ events, it’s a good idea to talk with your child about alcohol and drugs. You can discuss some of the tips…

Publications

About ADF > Publications

Publications Reports Infographics Booklets Podcasts Reports

The risks of pharmaceutical use

Alcohol and drug use > The risks of pharmaceutical use

The risks of pharmaceutical use Pharmaceutical drugs such as medicine prescribed by a doctor provide many benefits including increasing our quality of life. Most people use these drugs appropriately, following the guidance provided by their…

2017 National AOD Award Winners

2017 National AOD Awards > 2017 National AOD Award Winners

2017 Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence and Innovation Award Winners

Supporting a loved one

Alcohol and drug use > Supporting a loved one

Supporting a loved one If someone in your family is using drugs, it can cause an immense amount of stress and conflict. It’s completely normal to feel helpless, frustrated, worried and upset. The person taking…

SafeScript monitoring

Real-Time Prescription Monitoring > SafeScript monitoring

What SafeScript will monitor

Advocacy

About ADF > Advocacy

Advocacy We influence change in policy and systems Supported by the latest evidence, we advocate for change in policy and practice within government, society and business. This includes reducing the misinformation and stigma about alcohol…

Influencers

Teenagers > Influencers

Influencers As your child grows up, it’s easy to think that they listen more to their friends and celebrities than you. However, the reality is that you started to influence your child from day one…

Home based withdrawal

Withdrawal > Home based withdrawal

Home‐based withdrawal There are a number of options for withdrawal. This page focuses on home-based withdrawal, which involves the person going through withdrawal while living in their own home or some other safe place as opposed…

Staying safe at events

Alcohol and drug use > Staying safe at events

Staying safe at events The principles of harm reduction accept that no matter the rigour of messaging around the individual risks and dangers of substance use, there will always be people who take or experiment…

Substance use at events

Staying safe at events > Substance use at events

Characteristics of substance use at music events Illicit drug use The types of substance consumed, and the way in which they are taken at music events and festivals, also carry risks. Drugs such as ecstasy…

Indigenous resources

Programs > Indigenous resources

Indigenous resources In partnership with various state governments and stated-based Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a series of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational and information resources. Healthy…

Relapse

Supporting a loved one > Relapse

Relapse What is relapse? Recovering from a dependence on alcohol or another drug is a process that can take time.1 A relapse (or multiple relapses) is one part of the recovery process from alcohol and other…

Let’s start saving lives

Let’s start saving lives

Let’s start saving lives We, the undersigned, support a trial of a Medically Supervised Injection Centre in Victoria. WE ARE SURE this will save lives – let’s remember: while there’s life, there’s hope. We call…

Our people

About ADF > Our people

Our Executive Team  

Future strategies

Staying safe at events > Future strategies

Future strategies Pill testing Pill testing is becoming increasingly common at music festivals and events around the world, and pill testing organisations and not-for-profits currently provide services throughout Europe, the U.S and Canada.

evaluation-surveys

toolkit-evaluation > evaluation-surveys

Writing surveys Surveys may be one of the first things we consider when we think about evaluation, but they aren’t always as easy to design as they might seem. Below are some examples of the things…

Harm reduction strategies

Staying safe at events > Harm reduction strategies

Harm reduction strategies Harm reduction strategies at music events are numerous and diverse. They range from the provision of water stations and free water bottles at events, to providing ‘pass outs’ or chill out and…

Prevention in Practice National Conference

Prevention in Practice National Conference

Prevention in Practice National Conference MCEC: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre June 24-25, 2019

CLIMATE Schools

CLIMATE Schools

CLIMATE Schools

2019 AOD Awards

Programs > 2019 AOD Awards

2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards The National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards encourage, recognise and celebrate the achievements of the incredible people and organisations that do exceptional…

CDAT news

Information & inspiration > CDAT news

CDAT news 2018 grant funding has wrapped up Over the coming year, we’ll be sharing the CDAT projects that have just been funded across New South Wales. First up is Lachlan CDAT, who welcomed extra…

Schools

Teenagers > Schools

Schools If the messages a young person is receiving about alcohol and other drugs from their school, family and community are the same, the more likely they are to believe them and follow rules. Starting…

Breaking the ice – Help and support

Breaking the ice > Breaking the ice – Help and support

Breaking the ice – Help and support Do you, or someone you know, need help or support with crystalline methamphetamine (ice) use? There are a number of support and information services across New South Wales that…

Best practice & resources

CDAT resources > Best practice & resources

Best practice and resources Tackling alcohol and other drug problems in your community can be challenging. But the good news is there are tried and tested ideas and resources that can make it easier. The…

The law

Alcohol and drug use > The law

What are the laws about drugs? Legal drugs Some drugs, such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and various prescribed and over-the-counter medications, are legal but may be subject to restrictions based on age, location of use,…

Breaking the ice

Programs > Breaking the ice

Breaking the ice

Stop looking for that silver bullet

Best practice & resources > Stop looking for that silver bullet

Stop looking for that silver bullet

Our purpose, mission and focus

About ADF > Our purpose, mission and focus

Our Purpose To prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs in Australia. Each year in Australia: 5,500 people die from alcohol related injuries, illness and accidents. 157,000 people are hospitalised due…

Alcohol and young people

Teenagers > Alcohol and young people

Alcohol and young people

Prevention

About ADF > Prevention

Primary Prevention

Empowering communities

Alcohol and young people > Empowering communities

Empowering communities Controlling the availability of alcohol Australian research has found a higher density of outlets selling alcohol in a community – specifically take-away liquor outlets – is linked to a higher risk of alcohol…

2018 CDAT Conference Q&A

2018 CDAT Conference > 2018 CDAT Conference Q&A

2018 CDAT Conference Q&A

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Resources

Resources

About Information Services The ADF’s Mission is to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs in Australia. Central to this is ensuring communities across the country have timely access to relevant,…

Parents as role models

Alcohol and young people > Parents as role models

Parents as role models Parents play a significant and powerful role in shaping their child’s beliefs and attitudes about alcohol, through their role-modelling of alcohol-related behaviours.10,13 Watching adults drink frequently and enjoy alcohol is linked to…

Treatment

Supporting a loved one > Treatment

Treatment Deciding to seek treatment for alcohol and other drugs is a big step, and it can feel overwhelming for someone who already has a lot happening in their life. We take you through the…

Supporting youth music in Byron Bay

Case studies > Supporting youth music in Byron Bay

Supporting youth music in Byron Bay

Teenagers

Alcohol and drug use > Teenagers

Teenagers Many parents are concerned about alcohol as well as other drugs as their children grow up, and for good reason. Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults. Relatively recent research…

Preventing ‘Ice’ use

Preventing ‘Ice’ use

Can we prevent the use of Crystal Methamphetamine or ‘Ice’? Crystal methamphetamine (or ‘Ice’) generates a lot of media attention. This is because it can lead to people having psychotic episodes, behaving in bizarre and…

Careers

About ADF > Careers

Careers Established in 1959, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is a leader in preventive health in Australia with a long history of making significant contributions to state, national and international policy relating to alcohol and…

Naloxone – a harm reduction strategy

Real-Time Prescription Monitoring > Naloxone – a harm reduction strategy

Naloxone – a harm reduction strategy Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse opioid overdose. It works by blocking opioids from attaching to opioid receptors in the brain. Naloxone is effective in reversing overdose…

Medically Supervised Injecting Centres

Medically Supervised Injecting Centres

Medically Supervised Injecting Centres There’s no denying that the proposal for a pilot of a medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) in North Richmond has caused a lot of healthy debate. There are groups who believe…

2018 CDAT Conference

Community Drug Action Teams NSW > 2018 CDAT Conference

2018 CDAT Conference

Programs

Programs

Our Programs We design and deliver a range of community programs, services and resources targeted at preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug-related harm. We know that healthy and resilient communities are the best way…

External resources

CDAT resources > External resources

External resources

Recruiting members 2

Toolkit – Volunteers > Recruiting members 2

Recruiting members to your CDAT: Reach strategies Identifying broadly who you’re looking to recruit will help you decide what channels will be most successful for reaching that target group.

Early childhood

Alcohol and drug use > Early childhood

Early childhood When do children start to learn about alcohol? Children as young as four can tell the difference between wine and beer based on the shape of the bottle1 Children as young as five…

CDAT awards

Case studies > CDAT awards

The 2016 CDAT Awards  

Why primary prevention?

Community Drug Action Teams NSW > Why primary prevention?

Starting early – a focus on primary prevention

Karen Decoque

Star profiles > Karen Decoque

Karen Decoque Educating young people about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs drives long-term youth worker and Northern Wyong CDAT chair Karen Decoque. Her involvement in community education dates back to volunteering at her…

Natalie Meyer

Star profiles > Natalie Meyer

Star profile: Natalie Meyer In addition to being the Chair of the Nimbin CDAT, Natalie also works at the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre (NNIC). NNIC is a locally-based community support and community development organisation.…

Miram Deshayes

Star profiles > Miram Deshayes

Miram Deshayes Miriam joined Youth Solutions as a Health Promotion Officer in 2016. In this position she plays an active role in developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion projects focussing on preventing harm from alcohol…

Running a regular event for young people

Best practice & resources > Running a regular event for young people

Running a regular event for young people Young people don’t turn to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) because they want to develop problems. They are often bored and may want to connect with their peers.…

About ADF

About ADF

About the ADF

Statistics

A case for change > Statistics

Statistics Building a case for change with solid statistics is an important part of the planning process for your community initiative. The use of statistics will not only add to your program’s success, it will…

There’s a role for all of us in preventing FASD

Best practice & resources > There’s a role for all of us in preventing FASD

There’s a role for all of us in preventing FASD When thinking about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), it’s easy to focus on encouraging pregnant women not to drink. The reality is that FASD will…

Get involved

Community Drug Action Teams NSW > Get involved

Get involved It’s easy to feel helpless when we hear about all the alcohol and other drug problems facing our society. But the good news is that every community member has a real opportunity to…

Grants

Get involved > Grants

CDAT grants The ADF is very pleased to announce that the 2018 CEAP grants will open in late August! The Core Grant of up to $3500 per CDAT (excl. GST) is there to help CDATs…

Thinking about distributing safer partying information?

Best practice & resources > Thinking about distributing safer partying information?

Thinking about distributing safer partying information? We’ve collected pamphlets, websites and apps full of shareable tips and tricks as well as the steps to make distributing them effective.  There is a range of people you…

Real-Time Prescription Monitoring

The risks of pharmaceutical use > Real-Time Prescription Monitoring

Pharmaceutical drugs & real-time prescription monitoring What is Real-Time Prescription Monitoring? Real-Time Prescription Monitoring enables prescribing doctors and dispensing pharmacists to access accurate information regarding a patient’s medication history with respect to specific high-risk drugs.…

Targeting workplaces in your community projects

Best practice & resources > Targeting workplaces in your community projects

Targeting 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.1 Workplaces…

Worn Out Worn Art

Case studies > Worn Out Worn Art

Worn Out Worn Art

How to set up a Facebook page

Best practice & resources > How to set up a Facebook page

How to set up a Facebook page We’ve got all the details on how your CDAT can set up their own page on Facebook. Signing up for Facebook In order to create a Facebook page,…

Reconciliation action plan

About ADF > Reconciliation action plan

Reconciliation Action Plan Alcohol and other drug related harms occur across Australian society, but we know that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience a high level of these harms as a consequence of…

Change the drinking culture

Change the drinking culture

Change the drinking culture in sporting clubs If you’re looking for a proven way to reduce the drinking culture in your community, Good Sports could be the answer for your Local Drug Action Team. Sporting…

CDAT conference wrap-up

Best practice & resources > CDAT conference wrap-up

The big conference wrap-up Across two days in November 2016, representatives from over 70 CDATs came together to share ideas and insights, celebrate achievements and set goals for the future. Highlights We’re stronger together: CDAT attendees were…

Keeping school leavers safe

Case studies > 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…

Cigdem Watson

Star profiles > Cigdem Watson

Star profile: Cigdem Watson Growing up in Sydney opened Cigdem Watson’s eyes to the damage caused by alcohol and drug misuse. As chairperson of the Narrabri CDAT since 2009, Ms Watson and her committed team…

2018 grant funding has wrapped up

Best practice & resources > 2018 grant funding has wrapped up

2018 grant funding has wrapped up

Engaging stakeholders

Module 2: Being proactive > Engaging stakeholders

Stakeholders Your local council One of the roles of your local government is to improve the health and well-being of the community, which includes preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs. Planning for the ‘built…

How to run a forum – Step 1

Breaking the ice – How to run a forum > How to run a forum – Step 1

How to run a forum – Step 1 Plan It takes time to plan a well-run event. Think about the kind of event you want. A larger forum (which needs greater promotion)? A one-off event?…

Other pain and anxiety management methods

Real-Time Prescription Monitoring > Other pain and anxiety management methods

Other pain and anxiety management methods Chronic pain management Ongoing chronic pain is highly complex and requires a multi-pronged approach, possibly including medication, physical therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.13 Medication may be necessary in the…

Charlie Coorey

Star profiles > Charlie Coorey

Charlie Coorey A born storyteller and performer, Charlie Coorey has learned a few tricks in a lifelong pursuit helping people overcoming alcohol and other drug dependency. Little did he know that a high school teacher’s…

Ros Laws

Star profiles > Ros Laws

Star profile: Ros Laws

Copyright

Copyright

Copyright The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) supports and encourages the dissemination and exchange of information, but copyright protects our material, including documents, publications, graphics, web pages, audio and video. Except for the purposes permitted under…

Kiri Hata

Star profiles > Kiri Hata

Star profile: Kiri Hata Kiri was nominated by a peer who wanted to share how, in addition to working directly with migrant families in her community, she is also a dedicated and integral member of…

Saying yes or no to a party

Safe partying > Saying yes or no to a party

Saying yes or no to a party Talk to the party host To help decide if you’ll let your child go, you can contact the host (parent) to get an idea of what kind of…

Hosting a teenage party

Safe partying > Hosting a teenage party

Hosting a teen party It’s possible to host a fun and memorable party for your child that their friends and their parents will be comfortable with. Use the safe party planner The planner is helpful…

Sporting clubs prove an ideal setting for prevention

Best practice & resources > Sporting clubs prove an ideal setting for prevention

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. Do…

Text the effects

Resources > Text the effects

Get the effects by txt! A drug information service via SMS. It provides people with information about the effects of drugs in a confidential and accessible way wherever they are and at any time of…

Using volunteers to make your initiative a success

Best practice & resources > Using volunteers to make your initiative a success

Using volunteers to make your initiative a success Using volunteers to help with your initiatives can be cost-effective and a good way to involve other people from your community. Volunteers can do anything from helping…

2018 CDAT Award Winners

2018 CDAT Conference > 2018 CDAT Award Winners

2018 Community Drug Action Team Award Winners Winners for the 2018 Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) Awards were announced on Monday 12 March at the 2018 CDAT Conference in Newcastle. The CDAT Awards, recognise and…

Midnight Basketball Australia

Case studies > Midnight Basketball Australia

Midnight Basketball Australia

North Richmond MSIC

North Richmond MSIC

North Richmond MSIC

Module 2 Mentoring

Young people and AOD > Module 2 Mentoring

Mentoring vulnerable young people Mentorship is appropriate for young people who have a high risk of involvement in illicit drug use.1 Mentoring programs aim to develop positive social relationships between young people and adults who…

February CDAT Chair Network Meeting

Community Drug Action Teams NSW > February CDAT Chair Network Meeting

...Information Hub held at the Wagga Wagga City Library. The Drug Information Hub is an initiative of the State Library of NSW. The Hub travels around to libraries in NSW...

Board Member & Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC)

Board Member & Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC)

Board Member & Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC) Applications are being called for a vacancy on the ADF Board, this member will also assume the role of Chair of the Audit &…

Further resources

Tools > Further resources

Further resources  ...

Worn out worn art

Worn out worn art

Worn Out Worn Art Effective primary prevention strategies either reduce or eliminate risk factors, or develop and increase protective factors. Risk and protective factors can be different for children, young people and adults, so if you…

Lobbying for change through the media

Best practice & resources > Lobbying for change through the 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…

Information & Further Support

Help & Support > Information & Further Support

Information & Further Support Information Call 1300 85 85 84, email DrugInfo or browse online drug information. Get information on prescription drugs. Support or treatment Contact a national service or a service in your state or territory. Read more about your treatment options.…

Breaking the ice – How to run a forum

Breaking the ice > Breaking the ice – How to run a forum

Breaking the Ice – How to run a forum How to run a community forum on crystalline methamphetamine and/or alcohol and other drugs So – you want to organise a forum in your community about…

John Tucker

Star profiles > John Tucker

Star Profile: John Tucker It may be small, but Tamworth’s CDAT ­­is having a big impact because of people like John Tucker (pictured). John and the other CDAT members are prioritising alcohol and other drug…

Our philosophy

Community > Our philosophy

Our philosophy Alcohol and other drug (AOD) harms are entrenched in our community. They result both from individual lifestyle choices, and how we ‘organise’ our society. While we’re all ultimately responsible for our personal choices…

Breaking the ice wrap-up

Breaking the ice > Breaking the ice wrap-up

Breaking the ice is wrapping up The “Breaking the ice in our community” project has almost come to an end and we are about to release our last resource to support the Aboriginal component of…

Taking action

Alcohol and young people > Taking action

Taking action Parents Know the facts about alcohol in adolescence. Explain why you don’t want your kids under 18-years drinking. Talk to your kids about boundaries, expectations, and consequences. Don’t give alcohol to your children. Secondary…

Ryn Vlachou

Star profiles > Ryn Vlachou

Ryn Vlachou Written by Peter Whitecross, Senior Community Development Officer. Although the Blue Mountains CDAT is one of the younger CDATs in the state, having formed in 2014, it is earning a reputation for developing…

Muranda Goodsell

Star profiles > Muranda Goodsell

Muranda Goodsell It is not hard for CDAT Kyogle youth worker Muranda Goodsell to relate to the young people she sees every week. Many come from broken homes where their parents misuse drugs and alcohol.…

Help & Support

Help & Support

Information & Further Support Information Call 1300 85 85 84, email DrugInfo or browse online drug information. Get information on prescription drugs. Support or treatment Contact a national service or a service in your state or territory. Advice for friends and family members.…

Popping Nation

Case studies > Popping Nation

Popping Nation Last year Marrickville Youth Resource Centre (MYRC) hosted ‘Popping Nation’ – a highly successful series of dance themed events. It provided a safe space (drug and alcohol free) for young people from the…

Changing the drinking culture at major events

Best practice & resources > Changing the drinking culture at major events

Changing the drinking culture at major events Some big events, such as festivals, race days, sport competitions or large workplace parties, can become more about drinking than anything else. But you can shift the culture…

Tim McLean

Star profiles > Tim McLean

Tim McLean A new sense of belonging, thanks to Taree CDAT Tim McLean, 32, is chairperson of Taree CDAT. As he puts it, he has had ‘multiple lived experiences of mental illness, alcohol and other…

Alison Jaworski

Star profiles > Alison Jaworski

Alison Jaworski Alison Jaworski is a project officer with the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC). DAMEC’s mission is to reduce harms related to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in culturally and linguistically diverse…

Urban kids

Case studies > Urban kids

Urban kids strut their stuff Three of the ‘surplus grants’ that were allocated last year in Sydney resulted in groups of young people developing and producing videos that showcased their creativity or gave expression to…

CDAT resources

Community Drug Action Teams NSW > CDAT resources

Resources There are heaps of communities out there just like yours coming up with great ideas that can inspire you. Learning from others will not only make things easier as you create your project, it…

Midnight Basketball

Midnight Basketball

Midnight Basketball Midnight Basketball is a harm-prevention charity that works with community volunteers to organise basketball tournaments, giving kids the option of a fun alcohol and drug-free activity during high-risk periods. By providing local volunteers and…

Fairfield CDAT and VDAP

Case studies > Fairfield CDAT and VDAP

Fairfield CDAT teams up with VDAP The Vietnamese Drug & Alcohol Professionals (VDAP) network has been in existence for 19 years. Like the Fairfield CDAT which is one of the oldest in the state, VDAP…

Josh Dooner

Star profiles > Josh Dooner

Josh Dooner Congratulations to Gumbaynggirr Youth CDAT committee member Josh Dooner, who has been shortlisted for the NADA Excellence in Health Promotion Award.

Community

Community

Community

How to run a forum. Step 6

Breaking the ice – How to run a forum > How to run a forum. Step 6

How to run a forum – Step 6 Promote the event and build your audience The ADF in general does not recommend that young people under the age of 18 be present at forums that are…

Breath testing, BAC, & best practice

Best practice & resources > Breath testing, BAC, & best practice

Breath testing, BAC, & best practice If you’re looking to start a conversation about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or drink driving at an event, using a breathalyser as a prop can be a tempting option.…

evaluation-planning

toolkit-evaluation > evaluation-planning

Planning your evaluation Laying the right groundwork early as part of your program planning process will maximise the benefit you get from your evaluation, and makes reporting easier when you program wraps up.

Who to get onside

A case for change > Who to get onside

Who to get on side The research tells us that one initiative on its own is unlikely to create change. However, a number of programs that complement each other have a good chance of actually…

Tracy Suter

Star profiles > Tracy Suter

Star profile: Tracy Suter

Macleay Valley CDAT NAIDOC week

Case studies > Macleay Valley CDAT NAIDOC week

Macleay Valley CDAT NAIDOC week Burrun Dalai family fun day This year for NAIDOC week, Macleay Valley CDAT set up a stall and ran a number of activities for the community. The CDAT members staffing…

It’s project planning time!

CDAT news > It’s project planning time!

It’s project planning time!

Inside + out

Tools > Inside + out

The Inside & Out Exercise Overview This is best run immediately after the ‘Strengths & Barriers Exercise’. Have captured the strengths and barriers affecting your community, the purpose of this activity is to understand how…

Safe partying

Teenagers > Safe partying

Safe partying It’s natural to worry and wonder what you can do to help keep your child safe as they encounter alcohol and other drugs in their party scene. It might not always feel like…

Paul Brunton

Star profiles > Paul Brunton

Star Profile: Paul Brunton Written by Amy Ehsman, Senior Community Development Officer of the Southern NSW Region.

Healthy spirit, healthy community

Indigenous resources > Healthy spirit, healthy community

Healthy spirit, healthy community Healthy Spirit, healthy community has been developed for health professionals and community members as an educational and informational resource. How does it help? The drugs in this resource are currently the…

Primary Prevention Award nomination form

Programs > Primary Prevention Award nomination form

Primary Prevention Award nomination form This category recognises programs, policies and/or resources that make a significant contribution in preventing drug use and drug-related harm.

#seizethesnowys

Case studies > #seizethesnowys

#SeizeTheSnowies Amy Ehsman, Senior Community Development Officer. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it…

Heather Blackley

Star profiles > Heather Blackley

Heather Blackley Written by Amanda Kelly, Senior Community Development Officer. As the current Chair of Lachlan CDAT, Heather has been actively involved with the committee since it was endorsed in 2011. Lachlan CDAT covers the…

Media Award nomination form

Programs > Media Award nomination form

Media Award nomination form This Award recognises the important role the media plays in shaping and informing community knowledge and perceptions around alcohol and other drug issues. Nominations in this category can come from traditional…

Education Award nomination form

Programs > Education Award nomination form

Education Award Award nomination form Education plays a key role in preventing alcohol and other drug problems and this Award recognises the important work that can support young people to navigate the confusing alcohol and other…

Recruiting members

Toolkit – Volunteers > Recruiting members

Recruiting members to your CDAT: Creating your message Understanding why people volunteer is the key to tailoring your recruitment strategy. Designing an appealing message  is  about identifying what people want to get out of their…

The evidence

Module 1: Why it matters > The evidence

The evidence The evidence provided on this page can help you argue the case that alcohol availability should be carefully regulated in your community. Kypros Kypri lays out the academic evidence in support of regulating…

Melanie Suitor

Star profiles > Melanie Suitor

Star profile: Melanie Suitor Her road safety job drives Melanie Suitor’s interest in tackling alcohol and drug-related harms head on. As a Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer (RSIPO) with Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils,…

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Toolkit – Community partnerships

CDAT resources > Toolkit – Community partnerships

Toolkit – Community partnerships What do we mean by ‘partnership’? Partnerships involve a range of parties within a community, working together to achieve similar goals. The partnerships that you create as part of your program…

Does your project need partners?

Toolkit – Community partnerships > Does your project need partners?

Does your project need partners? Can your project effectively and efficiently accomplish its goals? Before you begin to identify potential partnership opportunities within your community, it is essential that your project has a clear goals…

Case studies

Information & inspiration > Case studies

Case studies The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is here to help community groups learn from each other. After all, the best community projects are often informed by past experience and proven strategies. We hope that…

Liverpool forum

Best practice & resources > Liverpool forum

Preventing alcohol-related harm: What’s changed? Written by Peter Whitecross The ‘Preventing Alcohol-Related Harm: What’s Changed?’ forum held at the Miller Community Center Friday March 23 brought together more than 60 local service providers from the…

Orange CDAT

Case studies > Orange CDAT

Orange CDAT

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Privacy The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is committed to protecting your privacy.  Our Privacy Policy sets out how we collect and manage personal information and the steps we take to protect it.  Your use…

A case for change

Community Drug Action Teams NSW > A case for change

A case for change If you’re looking to make a change in your local area, then you probably have a pretty good idea of some of the key issues challenging your community. Even so, it’s still…

Taking action

Real-Time Prescription Monitoring > Taking action

Taking action If you have an enquiry relating to any drug use, including prescription medication, you can call DrugInfo on 1300 85 85 84 or email druginfo@adf.org.au. Find out more information about Victoria’s real-time prescription…

Treatment and Support Award nomination form

Programs > Treatment and Support Award nomination form

Treatment and Support Award nomination form This category recognises an individual, organisation, program or service that has made a significant contribution to treatment and support efforts designed to assist Australians who have been impacted by…

Research Award nomination form

Programs > Research Award nomination form

Research Award nomination form The Research category recognises the importance of research within the AOD sector and its relevance and benefit to the community as a whole. Nominations in this category must add practical value…

First Australians Award nomination form

Programs > First Australians Award nomination form

First Australians Award nomination form The First Australians Award recognises an individual, organisation, program or community that has made a significant and/or meaningful commitment and contribution to preventing and/or minimising alcohol and other drug related…

National Honour Roll nomination form

Programs > National Honour Roll nomination form

National Honour Roll nomination form The National Honour Roll recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable time period, to the alcohol and other drugs field. This is our opportunity to acknowledge…

What’s happening near me

Get involved > What’s happening near me

What’s happening near me? Find out what’s happening in NSW near you by contacting your local Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), which is led by a regional Senior Community Development Officer (SCDO) who will help…

Good Sports

Programs > Good Sports

Good Sports We’re helping to make Australian sporting clubs safer and more family-friendly places to enjoy sport. We work with sporting clubs across the country, teaching club leaders and administrators how to structure their club…

Alcohol advertising complaints

Module 6: More strategies > Alcohol advertising complaints

Complaints about alcohol advertising

How to run a forum – Step 4

Breaking the ice – How to run a forum > How to run a forum – Step 4

How to run a forum – Step 4  Engage local experts The ADF, either through its Sydney office staff or the designated SCDO for each region, can help CDATs connect with potential speakers, such as…

Lauren Dootson

Star profiles > Lauren Dootson

Lauren Dootson Meet the newest member of the Gumbaynggirr Youth CDAT Lauren Dootson is a Gumbaynggirr woman who was born and grew up in Coffs Harbour. After completing her HSC, Lauren started work with Galambila…

Connecting Diversity

Programs > Connecting Diversity

Connecting Diversity The Connecting Diversity project, funded by VicHealth, will focus on strengthening primary prevention around alcohol and its related harms within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Pete New

Star profiles > Pete New

Community Members Leading the Way Amy Ehsman, Senior Community Development Officer. One of the many things that I love about my role is the joy of sharing my time with incredible people. Generally, they don’t…

Digital ambassadors

Case studies > Digital ambassadors

Digital Ambassadors in the Blue Mountains The Digital Ambassador’s Project was a project funded through a Community Drug Action Team surplus grant. The project was supported by the local Blue Mountains CDAT committee, and coordinated…

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Process overview

Leading community action: getting started > Process overview

Leading community action – an overview

Rationale

Leading community action: getting started > Rationale

Stage 1: Rationale

Toolkit – Volunteers

Best practice & resources > Toolkit – Volunteers

Volunteers

Long-term survey points to significance of childhood risk factors

Long-term survey points to significance of childhood risk factors

Long-term survey points to significance of childhood risk factors New research from New Zealand highlights the potential for primary prevention strategies to minimise ‘harm’ by targeting ‘high-cost’ groups from a very young age. As we…

Making a comment

Module 3: Development applications > Making a comment

Making a comment

Information & inspiration

CDAT resources > Information & inspiration

Information & inspiration  

Basics

Toolkit – Social media > Basics

The basics If used consistently, social media can prove to be an effective marketing tool for organisations working hard to reduce alcohol and other drug harm (AOD) in their communities.

CDATs social media

Toolkit – Social media > CDATs social media

CDATs using social media Are you using social media to promote your CDAT or run a project? Proud of your CDAT’s FaceBook page? Email laura.bajurny@adf.org.au  and tell us about it!

Staying safe

Best practice & resources > Staying safe

Staying safe in the silly season While the end of the year can be a time for fun, socialising, and relaxation it can also be a time for overindulgence. But following some easy suggestions can…

Because of Her we can..

Star profiles > Because of Her we can..

Because of Her we can.. Featuring Mother Nature, through Janet Atkins Bush Tucker Afternoon Tea

What we catalogue and how to find it

ADF Library > What we catalogue and how to find it

ADF SEARCH provides access to thousands of journals and articles each year. We also catalogue physical books, some websites, and a lot of ‘grey’ literature in the areas of AOD and public health. This tutorial…

Search tips and tricks

ADF Library > Search tips and tricks

Search tips and tricks Boolean 101 Boolean operators connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your results. The three basic Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT. Why use Boolean operators? To…

Accessing journal articles in ADF SEARCH

ADF Library > Accessing journal articles in ADF SEARCH

Accessing journal articles in ADF SEARCH This page steps you through accessing full text journal articles. Step one – make your search This can be as broad or specific as you like. I ran a…

Creating successful partnerships

Toolkit – Community partnerships > Creating successful partnerships

Creating successful partnership Once you have identified your partners, established and formalised your partnership agreements, you are ready to plan and take action together!

Establishing the partnership

Toolkit – Community partnerships > Establishing the partnership

Establishing the partnership It is important that your partners have a shared understanding of, and commitment to, community-led action. They may not have experience or understanding of alcohol and other drug issues but they can…

ADF Library

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Module 3 Brimbank project

Young people and AOD > Module 3 Brimbank project

Working with migrant and multicultural communities The Brimbank Young Men’s Project (BYMP) is a youth-led program run by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). The program works with young African men aged between 16-25 years…

Sarah Groves

Star profiles > Sarah Groves

Star Profile: Sarah Groves Inspired by a sense of her own privilege to give back to her community, Sarah has been working professionally and personally to help people who were born into different circumstances than…

CDAT value

Toolkit – Volunteers > CDAT value

Demonstrating the value of CDATs Convincing others of the power of prevention and its potential to improve both short and long-term health and wellbeing outcomes for the entire community can be tricky.

Uncle Martin Ballangarry

Star profiles > Uncle Martin Ballangarry

Star Profile: Uncle Martin Ballangarry Uncle Martin Ballangarry is a Gumbaynggirr Elder and Chair of the Bowraville CDAT, as well as Deputy Mayor of the Nambucca Council and Director of the Muurrbay Language Centre. Artist credit…

Project Turn Around

Case studies > Project Turn Around

Project Turn Around The Byron Bay based BUDDI Community Drug Action Team has partnered with the STEER Project, to deliver ‘Project Turn Around’ throughout 2018, to provide alcohol breath testing services across festivals and community…

Linked Up

Case studies > Linked Up

Linked Up

Why volunteer

Toolkit – Volunteers > Why volunteer

Understanding volunteering Giving Australia 2016 found that both the number of people volunteering, and the hours that they commit to volunteering, are increasing.¹ The most likely to volunteer are women and people over 35, with…

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