Warrnambool has taken up the challenge of preventing drug and alcohol related harm, by forming an officially recognised Local Drug Action Team (LDAT).
The Warrnambool LDAT is one of over 40 new partnerships across Australia which have been accepted into the Australian Government’s LDAT program. They bring the total number of LDAT’s nationally to 280.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan today welcomed the formation of the Warrnambool Violence Prevention Board.
The Warrnambool LDAT will then be able to apply for additional funding to support the delivery of its action plan in the community.
“I’m delighted that Warrnambool now has a partnership to deliver locally-based solutions to prevent drug and alcohol misuse and harms in our communities,” Mr Tehan said.
“The LDAT program recognises that every community is different and solutions to these problems, which can be very complex, have to come from the community.
“I look forward to seeing the Community Action Plan developed and implemented, and the positive impact on Warrnambool.”
LDAT’s deliver evidence-based information, prevention, and harm reduction activities, to connect, engage and empower people, especially young people, to help steer them away from misusing alcohol and other drugs.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the Warrnambool LDAT would receive $10,000 from the Morrison Government to help it get established and develop a community action plan tailored to local needs.
“Local Drug Action Teams bring together organisations across the community, including service providers, schools, police, young people, Indigenous and primary health services and other non-government organisations,” Minister Hunt said.
“Warrnambool LDAT will be assisted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manages the national LDAT program for the Government.”
“Mr Tehan has worked hard with his community to combat alcohol and drug misuse and this new LDAT provides another tool for the local community to use to combat this issue.”
The LDAT program is part of the Government’s $450 million National Ice Action Strategy to combat drug and alcohol misuse across Australia.
Free and confidential advice about treatment services can be obtained from the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.