Get involved

It’s easy to feel helpless when we hear about all the alcohol and other drug problems facing our society. But the good news is that every community member has a real opportunity to make a difference in their local area through joining a Community Drug Action Team.

NSW Health extends CEAP contract

As part of its continuing commitment to working in primary prevention across Australia, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation is proud to confirm that the Community Engagement Action Program, which includes more than 70 CDATs across NSW, has been extended for an additional two years, from 2017 to 2019.

This means that we will continue with the work we have been doing in NSW in the last four years and build on existing relationships and partnerships in Greater Sydney, Southern and Eastern NSW, Hunter & New England, Western NSW, Central Coast, North and Mid-North Coast NSW and everywhere in between. The CDAT program has a long history, with many CDATs still operating since the program’s inception in 1999. The last two years especially, has seen a significant shift in CDAT partnerships, with groups of CDATs, and in some cases whole regions, taking on a number of exciting project as part of our grant funding programs.

The intent over the next two years is to focus even more on partnerships and supporting the CDATs through their networks to engage with local/regional stakeholders, provide them with evidence-informed research and examples of activities, offer streamlined and easy-to-complete funding and more. The NSW staff, which includes the SCDOs looking after CDATs and their members in each region, are excited and look forward to another two years of grants, AOD activities, planning meetings, regional meetings and more.

Over the coming months there will be more information going out to CDAT members with information about ADF engagement with CDATs, announcement of new grant rounds (the next round is expected towards the end of 2017), project work, tools and resources, etc., so do watch this space!

Join a team

Getting involved is easy. Whether you would like to become a CDAT member, or have the time or resources to assist with a one-off event, your CDAT needs you!

What’s happening near me?

Find out what’s happening in NSW near you by contacting your local Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), which is led by a regional Senior Community Development Officer (SCDO) who will help with your questions.

Tips for using the map

  • the top right icon [ ] opens a full screen view of the map in a new tab
  • click a highlighted region for more information
  • the top left icon shows the CDAT list view
  • deselect a region by clicking the back arrow on the red CDAT header

Map includes CDAT regions, LGA borders, Local Health District borders and AH&MRC member organisations.


Funding and grants
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) allocates funding to community groups in NSW through the Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP) that’s funded by the NSW Government. At the core of this program are the Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs). These volunteer-led teams operate across the state and work together to reduce alcohol and other drug harms in their local communities.

The CEAP grants program provides financial support to CDATs by helping the teams deliver projects and reimbursing them for the costs associated with CDAT operations.
Please find a list of Core and Partnership/Project grant funded activities across nearly 70 CDATs from the 2017 grant round below:

2017 ADF CEAP Grant recipients

CEAP grants program
The Core and Partnership/Project grants will open in September and October 2018.

Grants are awarded annually and you can subscribe to the CDAT Action newsletter to find out more details and to stay up to date on the grants.

Any other questions?
CDATS: Your local SCDO will be able to assist you with any enquiries.

General enquiries:

Damian Dabrowski, NSW/ACT Program Implementation Coordinator

Phone (02) 8923 0011


Our regional Senior Community Development Officers

Amanda Kelly

Amanda looks after the Central West and South West regions of NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Albury
  • Coolamon
  • Corowa
  • Forbes/Parkes
  • Griffith
  • Hilltops
  • Lachlan
  • Temora
  • Wagga Wagga

Phone: 0413 922 420
Based in Wagga Wagga

Amy Ehsman

Amy looks after parts of the Central West, South and South East NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Bega Valley
  • Cooma
  • Goulburn
  • Orange
  • Queanbeyan
  • Shoalhaven / Nowra
  • Snowy Monaro / Jindabyne
  • Ulladulla
  • Wellington

Phone: 0481 311 001

Based in Canberra

Andrew Prentice

Andrew looks after the Illawarra region, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Shellharbour/Kiama
  • Wollongong

Phone: 02 8923 0003 (Office) or 0407 777 196

Based in North Sydney

Denni Scott-Davis

Denni looks after the Mid North Coast and North Coast along with parts of the New England and North West regions of NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Bellingen Shire
  • Bowraville
  • Byron Bay (BUDDI)
  • Casino / Richmond Valley
  • Clarence Valley / Grafton
  • Coffs Harbour (Garlambirla Youth)
  • Inverell
  • Kempsey / Macleay Valley
  • Kyogle
  • Lightning Ridge
  • Moree
  • Narrabri
  • Nimbin
  • Port Macquarie / Hastings
  • Tweed
  • Valla
  • Walgett

Phone: 0498 880 355

Based in Scots Head (Mid-North Coast)

Ellen Panaretos

Ellen looks after parts of the Northern Tablelands region, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Hunter Multicultural

Phone: 02 8923 0013 (Office) or 0400 035 494

Based in North Sydney

Gail Easton

Gail looks after the Hunter region, as well as parts of the Mid North Coast, New England, North West and Northern Tablelands regions of NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Armidale
  • Cessnock
  • Gloucester
  • Greater Manning & Myall Lakes (formerly Taree)
  • Gunnedah
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Maitland / Dungog
  • Muswellbrook
  • Tamworth

Phone: 0478 069 912

Based in Newcastle

Leanne Fuelling

Leanne looks after parts of the Central Coast and Sydney North regions, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Kariong
  • North Shore
  • Northern Beaches
  • Northern Wyong
  • Ourimbah Campus

Phone: 02 8923 0002 (Office) or 0402 027 601

Based in North Sydney

Marc Glanville

Marc looks after parts of the Northern Tablelands region, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Glen Innes
  • Tenterfield

Phone: 02 4924 6348 (Office) or 0407 701 690

Based in Newcastle

Peter Whitecross

Peter looks after the Greater Sydney region, including the Nepean Blue Mountains and excluding North Sydney. His region includes the following CDATs:

  • Bankstown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury
  • Fairfield
  • Liverpool
  • Marrickville
  • Parramatta
  • Randwick
  • Redfern/Waterloo
  • St George
  • Surry Hills

Phone: 02 8923 0006 (Office) or 0425 322 223

Based in Sydney

Riley Sohier

Riley looks after the New England region, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Port Stephens

Phone: 0407 724 168

Based in Newcastle

Sylvia Tiet

Sylvia looks after parts of the Central Coast and North Sydney region, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Hornsby / Ku-ring-gai
  • Kincumber Districts
  • Northern Gosford
  • Peninsula

Phone: 02 8923 0000

Based in North Sydney

Framework for Action 2017-19.