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Geoff Munro

Geoff Munro- National Policy Manager

Geoff Munro is the ADF's National Policy Manager His role involves advising on drug policy issues, communicating with various audiences and assisting the ADF to disseminate its views.

Dr Ben O'Mara

Dr Ben O'Mara

John Rogerson

Julie Rae

Julie Rae- Primary prevention evangelist

With over 30 years’ experience in the information industry, Julie is active in the alcohol and other drug sector and passionate about always returning to what the evidence can tell us.

Ian Comben

Tapuwa Bofu

Tapuwa Bofu- Senior Community Development Officer, LDAT program

With more than a decades’ experience in the community development sector, Tapuwa’s focus is on improving the health and well-being of communities across Australia.

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lead poisoning
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Opium and lead poisoning

In July 2018, Australian media reported that two men in Melbourne and a woman in Sydney have been admitted to….

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hepatitis awareness week
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Hepatitis C Treatment: ‘Why miss out’

The theme for this year’s National Hepatitis Awareness Day is ‘Why miss out’..

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LSD as a therapeutic treatment
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LSD as a therapeutic treatment

emerging research is beginning to change the perception of LSD from a drug that can negatively affect mental health and….

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MDMA therapy
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MDMA and PTSD

Originally manufactured in the early 1900s to help control bleeding, MDMA became more commonly used in the 1970s and early….

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dark web drug market
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Drugs and the darknet

Developments in information technology are changing the way that we purchase almost all of our consumer goods from books and….

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Research: ketamine depression treatment
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Research: ketamine treatment for depression

Ongoing research has some mental health practitioners, and depression sufferers, very excited about ketamine’s potential to address treatment-resistant depression; but….

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Q&A with the ADF’s eLibrarian

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s digital library offers free access to over 1 million resources including reports, e-books, full text….

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Kylie Hampton and Phillip McGuiness
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Because of her we can: Kylie’s story

For this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her we can’ we’re sharing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women….

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Nutrition and substance misuse
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Nutrition and substance misuse

Alcohol and other drug use impacts the human body in many ways. One of the most significant of these is….

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Promoting AOD health and safety at work
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Promoting AOD health and safety at work

On 28 April we all have an opportunity to highlight the impact that alcohol and other drugs (AOD) can have….

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PIEDs
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Performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs)

Performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) are substances taken by people who would like to change their physical appearance, enhance….

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Drug checking: harm reduction
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Drug checking: a harm reduction strategy

We take a closer look at what drug checking is, how it works and the need in Australia, and how….

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2018 CDAT Conference
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2018 CDAT Conference: sharing learnings to prevent harm

Insight into the 2018 CDAT Conference to reduce alcohol and other drug harms in Australia..

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Building a smart generation in Knox
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Alcohol education: building a Smart Generation in Knox

The Knox LDAT has been reducing adolescent drinking and educating young people about alcohol with Smart Generation, an evidence-based alcohol….

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Methadone dose, cup
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Methadone: how it works and why it’s legal

There has been a lot of recent media attention on methadone, emphasising a range of factually incorrect messages..

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Substance misuse – the gender divide explained
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Substance misuse – the gender divide explained

Insight comparing variations in substance misuse, stigma and treatment take-up between the sexes in Australia..

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MSIC: dispelling the myths
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Medically supervised injecting centres: dispelling the myths

Evidence to support the existence of medically supervised injecting centres is overwhelming yet a lack of understanding of the purpose….

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Medicinal, recreational and synthetic cannabis
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Medicinal, recreational and synthetic cannabis use

Insight into the various forms of cannabis use in Australia..

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Why is everyone talking about codeine?
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Why is everyone talking about codeine?

Insight into why everyone is talking about the rescheduling of codeine..

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Insight: What the data around fentanyl is telling us
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Insight: What the data around fentanyl is telling us

Insight into trends in the prescription, use and misuse of fentanyl in Australia..

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CEAP Advisory Committee maps the path forward

Updates from the Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP) bi-annual meeting with the CEAP Advisory Committee..

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The unintended consequences of cracking down
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Educating GPs on the over-prescription of pharmaceuticals

The rescheduling of pharmaceuticals that include codeine will tighten access to these drugs from 1 February. This makes now a….

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Withdrawal
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Rescheduling of codeine

As of the 1st of February 2018, all medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription..

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Staying safe when partying
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Staying safe when partying

To ensure you stay safe during events and festivities, there are some things that can be done when deciding to….

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Students hall, studying, school,
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What are ‘cannabis goggles’ and do they work?

Over the years, beer goggles and cannabis goggles have been used as aides to drug education in schools, but is….

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medicinal cannabis yarndi cannabis
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Cannabis legalisation: what model for regulation?

As the regulation of medicinal cannabis progresses in Australia, people are asking if the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use….

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Fentanyl: next wave of the opioid crisis
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Fentanyl: next wave of the opioid crisis

Details about the fentanyl crisis in Canada were shared with the ADF in a recent tour here by Canadian drug….

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Why aren’t we saying we’re in an alcohol epidemic?
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Why aren’t we saying we’re in an alcohol epidemic?

Why isn't the media calling alcohol an epidemic when it is the drug causing the second-highest level of harm to….

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The sobering truth about the ‘silly season’
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The sobering truth about the ‘silly season’

December is the busiest month for emergency services when it comes to responding to incidents and assaults relating to alcohol….

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Schoolies – some advice for parents
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Schoolies – some advice for parents

Celebrate schoolies safely - some tips for parents regarding their children's alcohol and drug use including how to have "The….

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Building partnerships in Rochester and Elmore
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Building partnerships in Rochester and Elmore

Building strong and effective community partnerships is at the heart of the Local Drug Action Team program.

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Stigma and vulnerability to AOD
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Stigma and vulnerability to AOD

A growing body of evidence shows that stigma related to drug use disadvantages the stigmatised and is a major cause….

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Being there to reduce mental health and alcohol problems
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Being there to reduce mental health and alcohol problems

Who do you talk with when you’re about to make a big decision? It’s all about trust. Trust makes relationships….

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Whoever saves a life saves the universe
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Whoever saves a life saves the universe

Our entire health system is informed by the principle that those whose life can be saved deserve to be saved.….

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Telling war stories is not good drug education

Stories of lived experience have a limited role.

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Evaluation can be creative – and more effective
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Evaluation can be creative – and more effective

Effective community evaluations can use a variety of mediums: art, photos, sculpture, photographs, storytelling, music and video can all be….

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“Picture this”, says grieving sister
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“Picture this”, says grieving sister

Residents, local traders and other community members have been fighting a long battle to trial a medically supervised injecting centre….

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Overdosing on methamphetamine
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Overdosing on methamphetamine

We don’t often hear about how to deal with overdose in relation to methamphetamine. But we should. Recent research finds….

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Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
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Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

There is a clear causal link between heavy consumption of alcohol and FASD. However, the link between low-level alcohol exposure….

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Understanding overdose

Instead of judging, fearing or criticising drug users, we should be supporting our fellow citizens. They’re just human beings after….

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The unintended consequences of cracking down
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The unintended consequences of cracking down

Real-time monitoring is a major focus for preventing harm associated with pharmaceutical drugs. It's an important strategy. But it's not….

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Drug law reform appears to be the new black
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Drug law reform appears to be the new black

Countries across the western hemisphere are amending drug laws. Should we be concerned or glad about moves to loosen access….

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Medically supervised injection centres save communities
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Medically supervised injection centres save communities

Sydney, Vancouver, Frankfurt and many other cities have learnt the benefits of supervised injection facilities. How long will it be….

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Take action on alcohol advertising in your community
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Take action on alcohol advertising in your community

Do you sometimes feel like everywhere you turn, you see an alcohol ad? The AARB accepts and reviews complaints about….

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It takes a village
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Q. Why start a Drug Action Team? A. ‘It takes a village …’

We have far more power than we generally recognise when it comes to social change. And it provides us with….

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Is cocaine on the rise
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Is cocaine on the rise (and what this means)?

Is cocaine use on the rise in Australia? We weigh the evidence and judge the impact..

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Alcohol advertising that targets the young
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Alcohol advertising that targets the young

Alcohol brands are innovators in the use of social media and they’re using it to target young people. Social media….

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“Small scale” social marketing: what works part 3
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“Small scale” social marketing: what works part 3

There are a number of principles underlying social marketing that can be useful for groups working on smaller projects designed….

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Social marketing leading to behaviour change part 2

When developing social marketing campaigns, success will depend on good research, planning and understanding models of behaviour change..

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Using social marketing for health promotion part 1
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Using social marketing for health promotion part 1

Social marketing is an approach to health promotion that incorporates basic concepts found in commercial marketing to achieve socially desirable….

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Why do people use alcohol and other drugs?
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Why do people use alcohol and other drugs?

People use alcohol and other drugs (AOD) for a variety of reasons. The vast majority of people who use alcohol….

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What is dual diagnosis?
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What is dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe when a person is experiencing both mental health problems and substance misuse..

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basket, child, home
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Alcohol and other drugs – who’s at most risk?

How longitudinal studies are identifying those at most risk of alcohol and other drug harms – and what this says….

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Do community alcohol prevention programs work?
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Do community alcohol prevention programs work?

An independent four-year study finds that Good Sports reduces the risk of alcohol related harm and the likelihood of risky….

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Planning community prevention part 3
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Planning community prevention part 3

Consider who else may have an interest or connection to the drug-related issues in your community and what they could….

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aging, alcohol, drinking, old people, elderly
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Ageing with alcohol

Alcohol use at the older end of the life span receives little attention, and we have limited information on the….

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Planning community prevention part 2
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Planning community prevention part 2

Successful prevention campaigns have shown that multiple strategies lead to the greatest change. We already have an effective example in….

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Treatment or injection centre: must we choose?
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Treatment or injection centre: must we choose?

Providing drug treatment and ensuring that people in need have access to a range of services is part of the….

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Planning community prevention part 1
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Planning community prevention part 1

Alcohol and other drug misuse has many negative impacts. Projects focussing on primary prevention are an important way that communities….

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Building resilience in regional and remote communities
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Building resilience in regional and remote communities

This article explores how initiatives such as the Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) program can help communities improve their ability….

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Creating effective partnerships
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Creating effective partnerships: issues and considerations

Helpful points for community groups, like LDATs, to consider when building strong and effective partnerships with other organisations..

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tracking health
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How ‘life logging’ could reduce your need to medicate

How ‘life logging’ could reduce your need to medicate..

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What price for our health?

There is something seriously wrong with our health system..

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Julie Rae, presentation
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Stop looking for that silver bullet

Julie Rae looks at the growing problem of pharmaceutical drugs, and what communities can do about it. Is our tendency….

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Alcohol and driving
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Information for commercial drivers

Australians are known for having a beer after a long day. But if you drive for work, having a few….

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Alcohol and driving
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Young drivers: information for parents

As the parent of a young driver you can play a key role in educating your children about drugs, alcohol,….

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Roadside drug testing
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Roadside drug testing

This page looks at roadside drug testing of Victorian drivers and the steps you can take to stay safe..

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Grey nomads
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Medications and driving

Some medicines can have a serious impact on your ability to drive safely. They may even be the cause of….

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Alcohol and driving
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Alcohol and driving

Alcohol is a depressant drug. It slows the activity of the central nervous system, including the brain. This can have….

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Drugs and driving
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Drugs and driving

Drug driving is a serious road safety issue. When you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including some….

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It’s time to address the elephant in the room
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It’s time to address the elephant in the room

New research showing that alcohol is involved in nearly half of all family violence cases in Victoria is shocking. It….

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Alcohol and driving
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Driving – reduce the risks

To drive safely, you need to be mentally alert, have clear vision, good coordination and quick reactions. Alcohol and drugs….

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Medically supervised injecting centres
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Medically supervised injecting centres

Medically supervised injecting centres (MSICs) are places where people can use drugs under the supervision of medical staff and health….

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Safe partying
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Safe partying tips

Whether you are attending or organising a party there are things you can do to have a good time while….

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Drugs at schoolies week
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Drugs at schoolies week

Schoolies is all about having a good time and celebrating the end of your school life. Drugs can sometimes be….

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Overdose

An overdose happens when a toxic amount of a drug or a combination of drugs causes a severe adverse reaction.….

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6 lifesaving tips when taking medication

No medications are completely safe. The number of Australians overdosing on pharmaceutical drugs has now overtaken the road toll, the….

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a range of physical, cognitive, developmental and emotional deficits attributable to alcohol consumption during….

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Guidelines for low-risk drinking

Australians use alcohol to celebrate, commiserate, relax and have fun. However, alcohol is a significant cause of injury and ill….

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Drink spiking
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Drink spiking

If your drink has been spiked you may not be able to see, smell or taste it. The drug or….

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Alcohol and other drugs in the workplace

If you are hungover or coming down from drugs at work, it can be just as bad as being intoxicated.….

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Things to ask your GP
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Things to ask your GP

We have a problem in Australia with the over prescription of some medications, which is causing many of us unnecessary….

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Feeling better without medication
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Feeling better without medication

Research concludes that strong painkillers and medication often used to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia, generally shouldn’t be used for….

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Blood alcohol levels
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Blood alcohol levels

The levels of alcohol in your bloodstream is referred to as blood alcohol concentration (BAC). BAC is what police test….

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schools
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Secondary supply

Secondary supply is when you provide alcohol to a person aged under 18 years. It is now against the law….

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Drink spiking
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What is a standard drink?

It can be difficult to keep track of how much alcohol you are consuming. Different types of drinks contain different….

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Children avert your eyes now
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Children avert your eyes now

As our children go about their daily routines, travel to school, play sport, and so on, there are constant reminders….

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Supporting a loved one
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Alcohol and pregnancy

There is no conclusive evidence on what is a safe level of drinking while pregnant. Current guidelines recommend avoiding alcohol….

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busy bar, large crowd, servers pouring drinks, alcohol, intoxication, licensed venues
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The ‘bar’ needs to be raised: drinking in licensed venues

The effect of environmental factors on intoxication in licensed venues is the subject of a study that features a unique….

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Sad stories move us, but do they create change?
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Sad stories move us, but do they create change?

Attempts at ‘quick fix’ education have a poor record because the ‘scary story’ effect does not last long and it….

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Delink the drink

By the time someone turns 18 they will have, on average, seen around 36,000 alcohol advertisements on TV - not….

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Alcohol Drug Foundation, ADF, domestic violence, Australia, law, alcohol
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Liquor Act & Domestic violence, does it go hand in hand?

How could the conditions of the Liquor Act contribute to reducing domestic violence?.

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problematic drinking, women, alcohol, consumption, risks
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How women are targeted to drink more

Liberalisation of liquor licensing, increased economic equity, and targeted marketing by manufacturers have all contributed to the increased consumption by….

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Women enjoying picnic
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Optimistic still, with a long way to go

We've reported in the past about the downward trend of alcohol consumption by young people. However research points to the….

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man with mobile phone, taking photos
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Snap back where you live: a tool for community action

Another way of sharing community voices is emerging in this changing digital landscape and photovoice is a useful tool for….

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corporate, social responsibility, alcohol industry, Alcohol, Australia, FASD, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
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Great power. Great irresponsibility.

Corporate social responsibility is also a powerful shield for the alcohol industry. Alcohol industry bodies use their public relations arm….

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Alcohol Drug Foundation, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, FASD, pregnancy, alcohol, drinking, women, men, parents
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It is not just a woman’s issue

If a woman drinks during pregnancy the alcohol crosses the placenta to the baby. But what about the effect of….

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alcohol, teenagers, parents, school, Australia, young people
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Don’t give them alcohol, their brains are still developing

The ADF advocates that people under the age of 18 years should not drink alcohol at all and should delay….

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Money for nothin’ – I don’t think so
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Money for nothin’ – I don’t think so

FARE identified that the total contribution of political donations from the alcohol industry to the major political parties was $901,829….

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alcohol industry, industry, alcohol, regulation, advertising, children, policy, law
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Trust us, we are responsible

It is time to stop trusting the Alcohol Industry to self-regulate. Instead we should call for an end to self-regulation….

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in-flight alcohol
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Plane drunk

How many times are there incidents that a crew member has to restrain someone, or a flight has to be….

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Our battle with big alcohol’s big budgets
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Our battle with big alcohol’s big budgets

Alcohol advertising in Australia is self-regulated, limited in its scope, and not empowered to penalise offenders. Ready the battlements and….

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Alcohol Drug Foundation, ADF, driving
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Interlocks: the next seatbelts?

Could mandatory interlocks have the potential revolutionise road safety– in the way seatbelts did — by preventing vast amounts of….

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