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New Local Drug Action Teams rolling out

Date posted: 22 September 2017

The Government has announced the national roll-out of 40 additional Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) to address the use of ice. There are now 80 teams across Australia, who are delivering local responses to address drug use.

Each team will receive an initial $10,000 to develop locally-focused drug and alcohol prevention activities, with support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

The Government has committed $19.2 million for the LDAT program, which will establish 220 teams over the next three years. The teams will deliver community-led education and mentoring programs, early intervention and prevention programs, and support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug related harms.

This initiative is part of the wider investment over four years through the National Ice Action Strategy.

The first teams rolled out in April this year, and have so far been delivering local drug and alcohol forums for parents and students, mentoring and training at-risk young people, organising school-based reduction programs, and promoting the role of local sporting clubs.

The next round of LDAT funding will open in late 2017.

Source: Department of Health media releases

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Last updated: 22 September 2017
 
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