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ADF Reconciliation Action Plan

17 September 2014

The Australian Drug Foundation has today launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan to raise awareness and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

The Australian Drug Foundation has a role and a responsibility to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities through reducing the harms relating to alcohol and drugs.

This Plan provides an outline of activities the organisation will undertake over the next 12 months to work towards this goal.

To view the ADF Reconciliation Action Plan go here.
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AFL Victoria partners with Good Sports

8 September 2014

AFL Victoria has formed a partnership with the Good Sports program to further support and encourage community football clubs to manage alcohol responsibly and promote safe drinking cultures.

The Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program works in communities to make sports clubs safe and healthy through the responsible management of alcohol.

A poll conducted for the program asked more than 1000 Australian mums and dads for their opinions on alcohol and sport:

  • 87% of parents say they would be more likely to choose a sports club or code for their child if it manages alcohol responsibly.
  • 87% believe that the drinking behaviour of sportspeople has an influence on young people.
  • 93% agree that professional sporting organisations have a responsibility to create a sporting culture where alcohol is managed responsibly.


These statistics are clearly no surprise to football clubs across Victoria with currently 85 per cent signed-up to the Good Sports program.

John Strachan, Cultural Strategy Manager at AFL Victoria, said that through the new partnership, he hopes to soon see all community football clubs taking the Good Sports challenge.

“We see the Good Sports program as a very important part of the AFL Victoria Alcohol Charter. It supports the principles of the Charter in encouraging clubs to prioritise the responsible serving and consumption of alcohol”.

Being a Good Sports club means changing practices and adopting Good Sports policies, such as safe transport options, smoke-free club rooms, alcohol alternative fundraising and training in Responsible Service of Alcohol.

Good Sports Victorian State Manager, Rod Glenn-Smith, said that Good Sports was helping to promote positive messages and examples around alcohol.

“We are pleased to have formalised an agreement with AFL Victoria, cementing our shared ambition to see community football clubs throughout the state manage alcohol responsibly for the benefit of all players, spectators and the wider community,” he said.

“With alcohol a leading cause of preventable illness and death in Australia, breaking the link between binge drinking and sport has never been more important.”

The partnership will see arrangements to encourage more football clubs to the Good Sports program, assist clubs already on board to improve practices, and deliver regular Club Liquor Licensing Seminars.

AFL Victoria General Manager Grant Williams said it is an opportunity to further promote the Good Sports program and see more clubs become involved.

“Working with our football club network across Victoria, we now have an opportunity through this agreement to encourage all clubs to become a part of the program, and ensure responsible serving and consumption of alcohol continues to be a key focus.”

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“Duff” beer complaint upheld by ABAC

The Australian Drug Foundation is a member of the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition


Media release:  No Duff-ence: beer found to breach code by appealing to kids

Friday 5 September, 2014

The Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) applauds a recent decision under the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) to uphold a complaint against Woolworths' "Duff" beer.

"Duff" beer has been awarded almost cult status in the popular cartoon television series The Simpsons for more than 25 years. Notwithstanding The Simpsons' popularity with children, Woolworths, through its Dan Murphy's and BWS outlets, recently released a Duff beer product, branded to replicate the cartoon product.

The beer was advertised by Woolworths through social media channels and at a specific launch event in Sydney with accompanying public relations.

Following a complaint from the Alcohol Policy Coalition, the ABAC adjudication panel held that the product and associated advertising had breached the voluntary industry code... read more

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Victorian ice report welcomed

3 September 2014

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry Report into methamphetamines is well considered and researched, says one of Australia’s leading drug prevention organisations.

Australian Drug Foundation CEO John Rogerson said he welcomed the report.

“It’s clear the Inquiry has really listened and heard what the experts had to say during the Inquiry hearings,” Mr Rogerson said.

“This is a very serious issue which has significant social impact on families and the community, but the Inquiry properly states that labelling ice use as an epidemic is creating unnecessary fear in the community.

“This report has a strong prevention message and really understands the strong evidence base for the need for drug prevention programs. They have recognised that as a community we need to work on the drivers of why people use drugs and how we can prevent people forming dependencies on drugs in the first place.”

“I’m particularly impressed to see their acknowledgement of the crucial role parents play in drug prevention, and the opportunities for sports clubs – particularly the thousands of clubs already accredited within our Good Sports program, to be a positive influence on young people’s health and wellbeing.”

“We strongly support the call for more treatment and more resources for people who have drug related issues or are suffering harm from other people’s drug use.

“People using ice, as well as their families and friends, should realise that help and support is available to them. And as a community we need to be supporting the people who we know are most vulnerable to drug problems – including those with mental health issues, those suffering physical or emotion pain, those without employment or training opportunities and those that feel disconnected from the community.

“For all those families out there who are worried about their children starting to use the drug – prevention is key. I encourage parents to become informed and talk with their children about alcohol and other drug issues. Research shows good communication with a trusted adult helps to protect young people, especially when combined with clear expectations and factual information about the risks of harm.”

For information about Ice (and other drugs) and for help and support visit

Information for parents on how to have The Other Talk with young people, including ways to start the conversation, can be found at

Good Sports is a national program of the Australian Drug Foundation helping community sporting clubs create safe, health and family-friendly environments to enjoy sport. More information is available at

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Support for pharmaceutical cannabis – with conditions
25 August 2014


Victorians suffering terminal disease, intense pain or debilitating conditions should have access to pharmaceutical cannabis under prescription.

The Australian Drug Foundation has congratulated the Victorian Labor Party for yesterday committing to investigating options.

National Policy Manager Geoff Munro said some serious and debilitating conditions have been proven to be relieved by use of cannabis with low levels of THC, and he is pleased the policy platform rules out the smoking of crude cannabis.

"As a compassionate society, there is no reason to prevent doctors prescribing pharmaceutical cannabis to those people for whom other medication has not provided relief," Mr Munro said.

"The medically supervised use of other drugs, including heavy opiates which are very similar to heroin, is common-place in our community. It's time we introduced the therapeutic use of cannabis for people who lack other alternatives and who suffer badly.

"We take note of the medical principle of 'doing no harm'. So while we support using pharmaceutical cannabis to reduce pain and suffering in a small group of people, we cannot ignore the strong evidence which shows it can damage mental health and cause harm.

"Australia must avoid the model of medical marijuana in the United States, where it is de facto legalisation and there is little control over its availability to the general population.

"It has led to the proliferation of cannabis products including confectionery and soft drinks which will appeal to children, and risks establishing Big Marijuana as a third addictive industry after Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol."

The Australian Drug Foundation would support a system of pharmaceutical cannabis only if it included the following conditions:

• the patient is diagnosed by a medical specialist, or a physician, as suffering from an ailment that the medical evidence suggests is likely to be relieved by pharmaceutical cannabis, for example: conditions are pain or other debilitating conditions associated with terminal illness, neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment,

• the patient remains under the supervision of a medical specialist or physician so that their physical and mental health is monitored so that appropriate action can be taken if the use of pharmaceutical cannabinoids appears to have an unduly detrimental effect on the individual's quality of life,

• the patient's condition has proved resistant to conventional therapies and interventions,

• the patient agrees to the self-use only of the pharmaceutical cannabis and not to transfer it to any other person,

• the establishment of a 'medical cannabis review board' to oversee the therapeutic use of cannabis,

• that continuing research is conducted into the efficacy and safety of cannabis products for therapeutic purposes.

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