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We design and deliver a range of community programs, services and resources targeted at preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug-related harm. We know that healthy and resilient communities are the best way to prevent and minimise substance use problems.
Our programs work to prevent harm in specific environments, changing practices and attitudes to create safer places for people to live, work and play.
We are proudly independent and co-design our evidence-based programs with communities; supporting them to build capacity to create change.
Alcohol and other drug harms are prevalent in our community. They result both from individual lifestyle choices, and how we ‘organise’ our society. While we’re all ultimately responsible for our personal choices around tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical and illegal substance use, community prevention acknowledges that our behaviour is influenced by our social environment, and that this environment is powerful in its ability to prevent and minimise these harms.
In short, we are stronger and more effective in preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug harms when we prioritise partnerships, collaboration and long-term impact.
Community members know their communities best and have a huge advantage in affecting change. Whether a community is defined by a geographical area, religion, cultural background, language or just shared interests, the people within a community are essential to preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug harms. It’s easy to think this type of prevention is something only governments or researchers can influence and participate in, but prevention is far more democratic than that.
Many of the examples on this site are drawn from community-led initiatives, with approaches informed by the community’s members.
They highlight the difference that can be made when a community comes together to address a problem.
Research shows that creating connected communities is one of the keys to preventing and minimising alcohol and drug problems. In these communities people feel valued, supported and purposeful.
We’re stronger when we work together. Collaboration and learning from others is important. We want communities and individuals to feel supported to work for prevention in their local area – and for local leaders to have the skills and tools to create the change they want to see.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation prioritises partnerships and collaboration to build strong alliances and strengthen our collective impact.