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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

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.

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.

Dr Ben O'Mara- Science Writer

John Rogerson- Chief Executive Officer

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Can a National Sports Plan reduce AOD harm?
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Can a National Sports Plan reduce AOD harm?

What can and should organised sport contribute to Australian communities? Should a National Sports Plan tackle cultural, economic and high-performance….

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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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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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Q. Why start a Drug Action Team? A. ‘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 (and what this means)?
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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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Creating effective partnerships: issues and considerations
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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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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
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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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Alcohol and other drugs – who’s at most risk?
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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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Ageing with alcohol
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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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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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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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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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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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How ‘life logging’ could reduce your need to medicate
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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?
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What price for our health?

There is something seriously wrong with our health system..

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Stop looking for that silver bullet
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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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Information for commercial drivers
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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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Young drivers: information for parents
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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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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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Medications and driving
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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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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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Driving – reduce the risks
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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

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

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Overdose
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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
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Guidelines for low-risk drinking

Australians use alcohol to celebrate, commiserate, relax and have fun. However, many are unaware of the harmful impacts that excessive….

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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
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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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Secondary supply
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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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What is a standard drink?
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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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Alcohol and pregnancy
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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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The ‘bar’ needs to be raised: drinking in 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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Liquor Act & Domestic violence, does it go hand in hand?
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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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How women are targeted to drink more
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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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Optimistic still, with a long way to go
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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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Snap back where you live: a tool for community action
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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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Great power. Great irresponsibility.
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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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It is not just a woman’s issue
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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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Don’t give them alcohol – their brains are still developing
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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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Trust us, we are responsible
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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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Plane drunk
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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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Interlocks: the next seatbelts?
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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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