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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.

For more information please contact our Media and Stakeholder Manager:

Carmel Green
03 9611 6104 or 0430 948 380
media@adf.org.au

Recent media releases

28 Nov 2018 - Alcohol and Young People

With many young Australians in end of year celebration mode, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has released a new resource called ‘Alcohol and Young People’ to shine a spotlight on the harms associated with adolescent drinking and to encourage the whole of community to take action to prevent and minimise these harms.

Alcohol is the most common drug used by young Australians. Nearly half of 12-17-year-olds have consumed alcohol in the past 12 months.

Traditionally, many Australians have been relaxed about young people drinking alcohol, but research now indicates this is a particularly risky time to consume alcohol because the brain is still developing.

“Research suggests parts of the brain developing during adolescence are sensitive to even small amounts of alcohol,” Alcohol and Drug Foundation CEO Dr Erin Lalor said.

“Binge drinking during adolescence may result in damage to the brain which can impair memory, concentration and learning capacity,” Dr Lalor added.

Alcohol also contributes to all of the leading causes of death for young Australians, including suicide, car crashes, accidental poisoning and assault. Additionally, youth drinking is connected to earlier and more harmful patterns of alcohol consumption.

“Although fewer adolescents are choosing to drink alcohol and are delaying drinking until later in life, alcohol still causes significant harm to many young Australians,” said Dr Lalor.

“As a society, we should be working harder to delay younger people’s consumption of alcohol,” Dr Lalor remarked.

Policymakers, schools and the wider community can take positive steps to help protect younger people from harms associated with alcohol. Parents play a significant role in shaping their child’s beliefs and attitudes around alcohol through their own alcohol-related behaviours.

“Parents remain the most likely group to provide alcohol to their children, which suggests many adults are not aware of the negative impacts alcohol has on young people, including the damage it can cause to the developing brain,” Dr Lalor said.

“Parental disapproval of their children drinking alcohol can reduce the likelihood of adolescent drinking,” Dr Lalor added.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s ‘Alcohol and Young People’ resource details how parents can help to reduce alcohol-related harm, including:

• Know the facts about alcohol in adolescence. Explain why you don’t want your kids drinking under the age of 18. Talk to your kids about boundaries, expectations, and consequences.
• Don’t give alcohol to your children. Secondary supply laws make it illegal for anyone else to supply your child with alcohol without your permission.
• Communicate and share information with other parents to create a community culture that does not support adolescent drinking.
• Role model positive behaviour around alcohol, such as showing you don’t need a drink to have fun or relax; sometimes turning down a drink; having celebrations without alcohol; and drinking within the Australian guidelines.
• If you’re worried a young person is struggling with alcohol, contact one of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s recommended services or call the DrugInfo line on 1300 85 85 84.

Download a full copy of ‘Alcohol and Young People’
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Media enquiries: For media enquiries, please call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Media Manager Carmel Green on 0430 948 380.

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19 Nov 2018 - National Good Sports Awards

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has celebrated some of Australia’s best community sport clubs at this year’s national Good Sports Awards.

Local sporting club representatives from across the country were recognised at the Good Sports Awards ceremony in Melbourne on Monday 19 November, for their commitment to building stronger, healthier and more family-friendly clubs.

“Good Sports is working with more than 9,000 sports clubs across Australia to build healthier and stronger communities by preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug-related harm,” said Federal Sports Minister, Senator Bridget McKenzie.

More nominations were received for this year’s Good Sports Awards than ever before, with twice as many entries as 2017.

“The Good Sports Awards recognise outstanding local sports clubs, as well as the passionate people within these clubs, that are dedicated to fostering a healthy and inclusive culture for their members and guests,” Senator McKenzie added.

The award winners and finalists are standout Good Sports clubs for going above and beyond the Good Sports program. They have implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco, safe transport, healthy eating, positive spectator behaviour and/or mental health.

Good Sports supports clubs to role-model positive behaviours and build more inclusive and healthier environments.

In addition to participating in the Good Sports program, many of the Good Sports Awards nominees pride themselves on innovative initiatives that make everyone feel welcome, such as beach education programs for international students and refugees, and a footy boot exchange to reduce the costs of playing.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manages the Good Sports program, praised the Good Sports Awards winners and finalists, calling them community champions.

“The Good Sports Awards winners and finalists are true local leaders. They should feel incredibly proud of their efforts in building stronger and more connected communities,” said Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor.

“Community sporting clubs are becoming healthier and more family-friendly through Good Sports. We invite more clubs to join the program, so they too can benefit,” Dr Lalor said.

“We know running a community sporting club is hard work. That’s why the Good Sports team is committed to guiding clubs through the Good Sports program, making it easier for already busy volunteers to implement,” Dr Lalor added.

For more information about Good Sports visit www.goodsports.com.au or find us on @goodsportsclubs and www.Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs.

Please find the full list of this year’s Good Sports Awards winners and finalists below:

The 2018 national Good Sports Award winners are:
National Good Sports Club of the Year//Bluff Point Strathalbyn Cricket Club (WA)
Club Champion of the Year//Dawn Likouresis//Lakeyres Sporting Group (SA)
Healthy Eating Club of the Year//Leichhardt Football Club (Cairns, QLD)
Healthy Minds Club of the Year//Kingston Blues Netball Club (TAS)
nib foundation Junior Club of the Year //All Saints Toongabbie JRLFC (NSW)
Rookie Club of the Year//West Gambier Netball Club (SA)
Tackling Illegal Drugs Club of the Year//University Azzurri Football Club (NT))

The 2018 national Good Sports Award finalists are:
Club Champion of the Year// Wayne Meredith//Barron Trinity Bulls Rugby Union Club (QLD)
Healthy Eating Club of the Year//Wollondilly Junior AFL (NSW)
nib foundation Junior Club of the Year//All Saint Basketball Club (VIC)
Rookie Club of the Year//Grassy Football Club (TAS)
Tackling Illegal Drugs Club of the Year//Barron Trinity Bulls Rugby Union Club (QLD)

The 2018 ‘Good Sports Club of the Year’ state/territory award winners are:
WA//Bluff Point Strathalbyn Cricket Club
ACT//Tuggeranong Netball Association
NSW//Cook Hill Surf Life Saving Club
NT/Palmerston Rugby Union Club
QLD//Bardon Latrobe Football Club
SA//Forestville Hockey Club
TAS//OHA Hockey Club
VIC// Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club

The 2018 ‘Good Sports Club of the Year’ state/territory runners up:
WA//Rockingham Outrigger Canoe Club
ACT//Canberra BMX Club
NSW//Asquith Rugby League Football Club
NT//University Azzuri Football Club
QLD//Carindale Cougars JAFC
SA//Powerblades Dragon Boat Racing Club
TAS//South Launceston Cricket Club
TAS//Weily Park Rockers Cricket Club
VIC//Eltham Lacrosse Club
VIC//Melbourne University Soccer Club
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For interview requests or more information about the Good Sports Awards winners and finalists, please contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380 or media@adf.org.au

About Good Sports: The core Good Sports program is nationally funded by the Australian government. Good Sports works with local sporting clubs to build a healthier sporting nation. More than 9,000 clubs across Australia are taking part in this three-tier accreditation program that provides resources and training to help create more family-friendly environments, where club members look out for one another in the areas of alcohol management, tobacco and safe transport.

Media release PDF

29 Oct 2018 - Applications open for LDAT Program

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation and the Australian Government invite community-based organisations who are passionate about their neighbourhoods to apply for the latest round of the Local Drug Action Team Program.

The Local Drug Action Team Program supports organisations to build or extend partnerships in their community and develop evidence informed activities to prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug-related harms at a local level.

“Alcohol and other drugs can impact on any neighbourhood, which is why we’re inviting community organisations right across Australia to apply to join the Local Drug Action Team Program,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor.

“The Local Drug Action Team Program recognises that every community is unique and that locally-led responses are vital when it comes to preventing and minimising harms caused by alcohol and other drugs,” Dr Lalor added.

Successful Local Drug Action Teams receive an initial $10,000 and are supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop Community Action Plans, which outline planned evidence informed prevention activities to address alcohol and other drug-related issues.

Local Drug Actions Teams can also apply for further funding to implement the activities within their Community Action Plans.

“This is a great opportunity for grass-roots organisations to use local knowledge to develop locally-led activities to support their own communities,” Dr Lalor said.

Applications for the Local Drug Action Team Program open Monday 29 October 2018 and are anticipated to close Friday 7 December 2018. The online application process is now easier than ever before and Alcohol and Drug Foundation staff are committed to supporting applicants through the process.

More information about how to apply to join the Local Drug Action Team Program can be found at community.adf.org.au

The Local Drug Action Team Program is part of the Australian Government’s investment of $298 million over four years under the National Ice Action Strategy.

There are currently 172 Local Drug Action Teams across Australia, and by 2020 there will be at least 220 nation-wide.
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For media enquiries, please call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380 or email media@adf.org.au.

Media release PDF

02 Oct 2018 - ADF welcomes SafeScript launch

ALCOHOL AND DRUG FOUNDATION WELCOMES SAFESCRIPT LAUNCH

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation welcomes the introduction of SafeScript in Victoria, saying the real-time prescription monitoring system is set to play a key role in helping to reduce prescription drug-related harms such as fatal overdoses and dependencies.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor says with prescription drugs now responsible for more deaths in Australia than illicit drugs, it’s critical that all jurisdictions across the country introduce integrated real-time prescription monitoring systems.

“The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is extremely concerned about the high number of pharmaceutical-related deaths in Australia,” Dr Erin Lalor said.

“Every state and territory urgently needs to introduce complementary real-time monitoring systems to help reduce preventable overdoses and the number of people misusing prescription drugs,” Dr Lalor added.

Real-time prescription monitoring systems provide medical professionals with timely information about a patient’s prescription medication history. The systems aim to prevent ‘prescription shopping’, where individuals obtain medical scripts from multiple prescribers.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation believes real-time prescription monitoring is just one strategy to help reduce pharmaceutical misuse. On top of this, all Australians need to be educated about the dangers of prescription drugs and be encouraged to treat pain without prescription medication where possible.

“People typically have a very different attitude towards pharmaceutical drugs than they do towards illegal drugs. Perceptions that pharmaceutical medications are ‘safe’ because they are usually prescribed by a medical professional means many people overlook the dangers. All Australians need to know that pharmaceuticals can be addictive and even fatal when misused,” Dr Lalor said.

If someone feels that they have a prescription medication dependency, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation strongly recommends they talk to a GP or pharmacist.

People can also call the DrugInfo line on 1300 85 85 84. The confidential service provides drug information and puts people in touch with relevant services in their state or territory, should they want counselling or treatment.

Media release PDF

25 Sep 2018 - Extra funding for Good Sports in Tas

MORE TASMANIAN FUNDING FOR GOOD SPORTS WELCOMED

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation welcomes additional funding from the Hodgman Government for the Good Sports program, Australia’s largest preventative health initiative in community sport.

The extra funding of $870,000 over two years means Tasmania is the first jurisdiction in Australia to access the full suite of Good Sports programs, including Good Sports core, Good Sports Junior, Good Sports Healthy Eating, Good Sports Healthy Minds and Tackling Illegal Drugs.

The additional funding will not only benefit more than 300 existing Good Sports clubs across the state, it will also support at least 80 new community sporting clubs to join the program.

“Thanks to the Hodgman Government, more sporting communities across Tasmania will have the support they need to implement practices and policies around alcohol management, tobacco, safe transport, illegal drugs, junior role modelling, healthy eating and mental health,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor.

“Good Sports encourages systemic changes in club culture to promote long-term positive health outcomes,” Dr Erin Lalor added.

“All community sporting clubs across Tasmania have the opportunity to join Good Sports. Our staff are here to guide clubs through the free program, making it easier for already busy volunteers to implement,” Dr Lalor said.

For more information about Good Sports visit www.goodsports.com.au or find us on @goodsportsclubs and www.Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs.

Media release PDF

23 Aug 2018 - ADF praises progressive NT legislation

ADF PRAISES NT GOVERNMENT FOR PROGRESSIVE ALCOHOL LEGISLATION

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) congratulates the Northern Territory Government on becoming Australia’s first jurisdiction to introduce a minimum floor price for alcohol.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor says the Northern Territory Government is showing leadership by recognising the strong link between price, alcohol consumption and related harms such as violence and ill-health.

“A minimum floor price for alcohol will play an important role in helping to reduce problematic drinking and its related harms among the Northern Territory’s heaviest and youngest drinkers, whilst having little impact on cost for moderate drinkers,” Dr Lalor said.

“Congratulations to the Northern Territory Government for taking the steps towards a healthier and safer community,” Dr Lalor added.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is calling on other jurisdictions across Australia to follow the lead of the Northern Territory.

“Price is a major determinant of people’s drinking. We know that when the cost of alcohol goes up, the heaviest drinkers consume less,” Dr Lalor said.

“Evidence from overseas is showing that introducing a minimum floor price for alcohol is an effective way to reduce the public health burden associated with problematic drinking,” Dr Lalor added.
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Media enquiries: For media enquiries, please call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Media Manager Carmel Green on 0430 948 380.

About the Alcohol and Drug Foundation: Celebrating nearly 60 years of service to the community, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation is one of Australia’s leading bodies committed to preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug harms in communities around the nation. The Foundation reaches millions of Australians in local communities through sporting clubs, workplaces, healthcare settings and schools, offering educational information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for strong and healthy communities. For more information, please visit adf.org.au.

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26 May 2018 - 92 New Local Drug Action Teams Announced

LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAMS MORE THAN DOUBLED ACROSS AUSTRALIA

The Australian Government and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) have announced an additional 92 Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs), adding to the current 80, to prevent alcohol and other drug harms at a grass-roots level.

The Local Drug Action Team Program supports organisations to build or extend partnerships in their community and use local knowledge to deliver evidence-informed alcohol and other drug harm prevention projects, that are tailored to the needs of their local area.

The ADF’s CEO Dr Erin Lalor said it’s great to see such a strong response from the community.

“We received a large number of applications across Australia, showing communities feel they are in a strong position to take a pro-active role in preventing alcohol and other drug-related harms,” Dr Lalor said.

The total number of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia is now 172, with more than 1,000 organisations committed to the Local Drug Action Team Program.

Local Drug Action Teams receive an initial $10,000 of funding from the Australian Government and are supported by the ADF to finalise a Community Action Plan.

Dr Lalor welcomed the latest successful applicants into the Local Drug Action Team Program.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for community partnerships to use local knowledge and build evidence-informed initiatives to prevent alcohol and other drug related-harms in their communities,” Dr Lalor said.

“The Local Drug Action Team Program recognises that all local areas are different and that community-led initiatives are critical when it comes to preventing harms caused by alcohol and other drugs, including crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’),” Dr Lalor added.

The Local Drug Action Team Program is part of the Australian Government’s investment of $298 million over four years under the National Ice Action Strategy.

Map of the newly announced LDATs

Media release PDF

09 May 2018 - Good Sports Funding Announcement

ADF welcomes continued Australian Government funding for Good Sports

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) welcomes continued Australian Government funding for the Good Sports program.
Around 9,500 Australian sporting clubs are set to benefit from the two-year investment of $10 million, which was announced in the Australian Government’s 2018 budget.

Good Sports currently works with more than 8,000 sporting clubs nation-wide to help prevent and reduce harms from alcohol and other drugs.

The program offers clubs the support they need to implement policies around alcohol management, smoking, illegal drugs, safe transport and in some states healthy eating and mental health.

Yesterday’s funding extension announcement will ensure existing sporting clubs continue to reap the rewards of the program, as well as new sporting clubs.

“Further funding into the Good Sports program means more sporting communities across the country will have the support they need to reduce alcohol and drug-related harms,” said Dr Erin Lalor, Chief Executive Officer at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

“Sporting clubs are a snapshot of society, and because alcohol and illegal drug use can affect all areas of society, no club is immune. Good Sports encourages systemic changes in club culture to promote long-term positive health outcomes,” Dr Erin Lalor added.

For more information go to Good Sports

Media release PDF

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