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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

05 May 2019 - ADF concerned by alcohol poll findings

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation believes findings in the 2019 Annual Alcohol Poll: Attitudes and Behaviours, show more needs to be done to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm.

The poll results, which were released today by The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, show:

  • Fewer than half of Australians are aware of the link between alcohol use and stroke (41%), mouth and throat cancer (29%) and breast cancer (16%)
  • Nearly half of Australian drinkers consume alcohol to get drunk
  • 64% of Australians drinkers who consume alcohol to get drunk at least twice a week consider themselves a responsible drinker
  • 79% of Australian drinkers who consume six to ten standard drinks on a typical occasion consider themselves a responsible drinker

“It’s concerning so few Australians know about the links between alcohol consumption and serious health issues, such as stroke and cancer,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s CEO, Dr Erin Lalor.

“Unfortunately, there are lots of mixed messages around alcohol but the evidence is clear. There are no health benefits from alcohol. Cutting back can reduce a person’s risk of developing chronic alcohol-related diseases,” Dr Lalor stated.

“All Australians must know that alcohol is a carcinogen. Alcohol damages cells in the body. Alcohol increases a person’s risk of cancer, including mouth, throat, breast and pancreatic cancer,” Dr Lalor added.

Dr Erin Lalor said it was encouraging that three-quarters of poll respondents agreed that more needs to be done to reduce alcohol-related harm.

“Every year in Australia, around 5,500 people die from alcohol-related injuries, illnesses and accidents. All of these deaths are preventable,” Dr Lalor remarked.

“A new National Alcohol Strategy is needed to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms, including deaths and alcohol-related diseases like cancer and liver cirrhosis,” Dr Lalor said.

“Long term investment in prevention is critical to reductions in alcohol-related harms,” Dr Lalor added.

For drug information or support, people can visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website or call the DrugInfo line on 1300 85 85 84. The confidential service provides drug information and puts people in touch with relevant support and health services in their state and territory.

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For media enquiries please call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380.

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02 May 2019 - Labor's prevention pledge commended

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation welcomes the Federal Opposition’s election commitment to prevent alcohol-related harms.

Shadow Health Minister Catherine King today announced Labor would:

  • Finalise a new National Alcohol Strategy
  • Invest $10 million over four years in targeted campaigns to reduce harmful drinking
  • Continue work on delivering pregnancy warning labels on alcohol packaging
  • Work with state, territory and local governments to limit alcohol advertising to children

Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor, said these measures acknowledge the importance of investing in prevention.

“Long term investment in prevention is critical to reductions in alcohol-related harms. Prevention works socially and fiscally,” Dr Lalor remarked.
“More than 5,000 Australians are dying each year from alcohol-related injuries, illnesses and accidents. These fatalities could be avoided by implementing strong, evidence-based preventative measures,” Dr Lalor said.

Dr Lalor applauded Labor’s pledge to finalise a new National Alcohol Strategy.

“A national framework is strongly needed to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms, including deaths and alcohol-related diseases like cancer and liver cirrhosis,” Dr Lalor stated.

For drug information or support, people can visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website or call the DrugInfo line on 1300 85 85 84. The confidential service provides drug information and puts people in touch with relevant support and health services in their state and territory.

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For media enquiries please call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380.

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17 Apr 2019 - Nominate for national AOD Awards

Nominate now for the 2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is encouraging individuals, groups and communities to nominate for the 2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards.

The prestigious awards, which are this year being hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, recognise and celebrate the achievements of the incredible people and organisations doing exceptional work to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms in Australia.

There are eight award categories including Research, First Australians, Media, Harm Reduction, Prevention, Treatment and Support, and Education. Nominations for the National Honour Roll award are also open.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor, said she is looking forward to acknowledging and celebrating the hard work being done to reduce and prevent harms caused by alcohol and other drugs.

“Harms from alcohol and other drug use are a big challenge across Australia, but there are important innovative practices and terrific outcomes that benefit the entire community. We want these to be shared and celebrated,” Dr Lalor said.

“The 2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on the outstanding achievements within the alcohol and other drug sector and the broader community,” Dr Lalor added.

Nominations for the 2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards can be submitted via the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website

Nominations for the awards close at midnight 4th June 2019.

The 2019 Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of the first day of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Prevention in Practice Conference in Melbourne on Monday 24 June 2019.

For more information about the National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards please visit the 2019 AOD Awards page or call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380.

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04 Apr 2019 - ADF welcomes LDAT funding extension

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation welcomes continued Australian Government funding for the Local Drug Action Team Program.

The $153.3 million extension of the National Ice Action Strategy over two years from 2020-21 was announced in this week’s budget. Part of this funding will support further Local Drug Action Team activities across the country.

The Local Drug Action Team Program supports organisations to build or extend partnerships in their neighbourhoods and use local knowledge to deliver evidence-informed alcohol and other drug harm prevention and minimisation activities at a grass-roots level.

Activities being delivered by Local Drug Action Teams are creating strong and healthy communities by increasing protective factors against alcohol and other drug harms. Activities include skills development, education and training, youth mentoring and peer support programs, and community engagement.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said tailored community led activities play a key role in preventing and minimising harms caused by alcohol and other drugs.

“The Local Drug Action Team Program recognises that every community is unique and there’s no one-size fits all solution to addressing alcohol and other drug issues,” Dr Lalor said.

There are currently 244 Local Drug Action Teams established across Australia.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manages the Local Drug Action Team Program, is committed to working with Local Drug Action Teams to ensure their work is informed by evidence and is regularly monitored and reviewed.

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For media enquiries please call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380.

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31 Mar 2019 - ADF commends SafeScript rollout

ADF CALLS FOR UNIFORM REAL-TIME PRESCRIPTION MONITORING SYSTEMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is calling on all states and territories to introduce uniform real-time prescription monitoring systems, to reduce preventable prescription drug-related harms such as fatal overdoses and dependencies.

It comes as the Victorian Government shows leadership by announcing it will roll out its real-time prescription monitoring system, ‘SafeScript’ across the whole of the state tomorrow, after its launch in Western Victoria last year.

Real-time prescription monitoring provides medical professionals with timely information about a patient’s previous scripts for specific drugs, which can prompt discussions with the patient about their prescription history.

SafeScript will monitor the prescription drugs that present the biggest risk of harms to Victorians, including strong opioid painkillers and some medicines for anxiety or insomnia. These drugs can be highly addictive and even fatal when not taken as prescribed.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said prescription drugs are responsible for more deaths in Australia than illicit drugs. She called on all jurisdictions to urgently introduce uniform real-time prescription monitoring systems.

“If every jurisdiction had complementary real-time prescription monitoring systems, medical professionals would have access to accurate information about a patient’s prescription history, regardless of location. This would improve quality of care for patients and could even save lives,” Dr Lalor said.

Real-time prescription monitoring is part of a suite of measures needed to help reduce pharmaceutical-related harms. Australians should also be informed about the dangers of prescription drugs and be encouraged to treat pain without prescription medication where possible.

“Perceptions that pharmaceutical drugs are ‘safe’ means many people may overlook the risks. Everyone should know that the non-prescribed use of pharmaceutical drugs can lead to drug dependency, overdose and even death,” Dr Lalor warned.

More information about real-time prescription monitoring and SafeScript can be found here on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website.

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 Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s DrugInfo line on 1300 85 85 84. The confidential service provides drug information and puts people in touch with relevant support and health services in their state or territory.

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For media enquiries please call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380.

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28 Feb 2019 - 244 Local Drug Action Teams across Australia

244 Local Drug Action Teams are now established across Australia to prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug-related harm in their communities.

The Australian Government and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation have announced today an additional 72 Local Drug Action Teams, to join 172 existing Teams.

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

Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Erin Lalor said a high number of community partnerships applied to join the Local Drug Action Team Program.

“Strong demand from communities across Australia has meant the number of Local Drug Action Teams is higher than originally planned, giving us the opportunity to now work with 244 passionate community partnerships,” Dr Lalor said.

“More than 1,300 organisations are now part of Australia’s extensive Local Drug Action Team Program network. This shows how determined community organisations are about building healthier and more connected communities,” Dr Lalor added.

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 evidence-informed prevention activities to address local alcohol and other drug-related issues.

Local Drug Actions Teams can also apply for further funding to deliver their Community Action Plan activities.

Local Drug Action Teams help to strengthen their neighbourhoods by delivering primary prevention initiatives such as peer support, mentoring, education in schools, support for young people and resources to reduce alcohol harms in pregnancy.

Dr Lalor said tailored community-led initiatives are vital in preventing and minimising harms caused by alcohol and other drugs.

“The Local Drug Action Team Program recognises that every community is unique and there’s no one-size fits all solution to addressing alcohol and other drug issues,” said Dr Lalor.

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.

Click here to find a map of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia https://community.adf.org.au/join-program/local-drug-action-team-program-overview/

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For more information about the Local Drug Action Team Program please visit https://community.adf.org.au/ or call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s media team on 0430 948 380.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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