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Less young people drinking but more drug prevention work to be done

 

Thursday 17 July 2014

Young people are waiting longer before they try drinking and drugs, showing prevention efforts are working, but have a long way to go yet.

Key findings from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey released this morning show that the age at which 14-24 year olds are having their first drink is being delayed, rising from 14.4 years to 15.7 years of age over the last decade and a half.

CEO John Rogerson said news that more young people are waiting longer, and more are abstaining from alcohol is great news for the Australian community.

"We know that the younger a person drinks alcohol, the more likely they are to binge drink and have a problem with alcohol later in life," Mr Rogerson said. "That's why we recommend that no one under the age of 18 consume alcohol."

"The proportion of young people aged 12-17 years old who are choosing not to drink has risen from 64% to 72% in just three years - showing trends are heading the right direction."

"We need to maintain our prevention efforts – including increasing community awareness of alcohol harms and boosting measures such as legislation to give parents more control of their child's access to alcohol. We encourage those jurisdictions which are yet to introduce secondary supply legislation - WA, SA and ACT - to do so immediately to help protect young Australians.

"We're also pleased to see overall a significant reduction over the last three years in the amount of Australians of all ages drinking at risky levels."

"These results, while they are encouraging, shouldn't be viewed or portrayed as 'job done'. Australia is still very much in the grip of a dangerous love affair with booze. Alcohol cost us more than $15 billion a year, causes more harm to the community than illicit drugs and is an unacceptable burden on our health care system, our emergency services and on our society."

Mr Rogerson said trends of illicit use of drugs held no real surprises.

"The increasing non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs is of great concern to us, with this survey showing nearly 5% of the community have misused them in the last 12 months.

"Alarmingly, we know more people are dying from pharmaceuticals than are dying on roads every year. While people may think they are safe because they come from a pharmacist, they are certainly may be very dangerous if used not as prescribed or if not prescribed for you.

"The use of meth/amphetamines overall has remained stable, although the use of speed is down and the use of ice (crystal methamphetamine) is up. Of concern to us is the increase in daily or weekly use of methamphetamines, particularly ice.

"We look forward to analysing the data in more detail in coming days and when the full report is released later in the year."

The key findings of the 2013 National Drugs Strategy Household Survey are available online at www.aihw.gov.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/ndshs

For information and resources about drug effects and help available visit www.druginfo.adf.org.au

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About the Australian Drug Foundation: Celebrating more than 50 years of service to the community, the Australian Drug Foundation is one of Australia's leading bodies committed to preventing alcohol and other drug problems in communities around the nation. The Foundation reaches millions of Australians in local communities through sporting clubs, workplaces, health care settings and schools, offering educational information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for strong and healthy communities.

 
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Cannabis diversions - new survey

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is conducting a study looking at the effectiveness of Australian police drug diversion for cannabis use/possession offenders.

If you live in Australia, are aged 17+ and have been detected by police for a cannabis use/possession offence in the last 3-9 months then we encourae you to take part.

For more information and to take part: www.cannabisdiversionsurvey.com.au

The survey is anonymous and will take only 15-20 minutes. You will be eligible to win a $200 music voucher as compensation for your time.

If you would like more information contact Marian at UNSW: (02) 8936 1215 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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New Executive appointed to lead brand & development strategy

14 July 2014

A strategic partnerships specialist with a passion for creative solutions and social justice has joined one of Australia's leading alcohol and other drug prevention not-for-profits.

The Australian Drug Foundation is pleased to welcome Robin Penty, Head of Development, Marketing and Communications to its Executive Management Team.

 

Robin has worked in the not-for-profit, arts, education and tertiary sectors for more than two decades, with a focus on social inclusion, regional participation and entrepreneurship.

Before joining the Australian Drug Foundation, Robin held the position of National Manager, Strategic Partnerships at The Smith Family.

While working at the Arts Centre Melbourne as Head of Participation and Public Programs, Robin oversaw the most significant restructure and expansion of an arts participation team in Australia. Robin's team was recognised for leadership four times by the Victorian state government, and her work in partnerships has garnered national awards from Australian Business & the Arts Foundation, Australian Writer's Guild and the Australia Council for the Arts.

CEO John Rogerson said he is looking forward to Robin's creativity and analytical contribution to the future of the Australian Drug Foundation and helping to change Australia's drinking culture.

"Robin brings with her a wide breadth of experience and skills," John said. "I'm looking forward to working with Robin as she leads some exciting big projects around development of our brand, future partnerships and strategic direction."

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Good Sports awarded in WA

25 June 2014

Thirteen West Australian individuals and organisations were recognised for their outstanding contribution to preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug related harm at the Alcohol and other Drug Excellence Awards ceremony held in Fremantle today.

We are proud to announce that the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports program in Western Australia took out the 2014 Prevention Award.

State Manager Greg Williams said the achievement was great recognition for the work of the program which is less than two years old in WA.

“The award was presented to us by the Minister for Mental Health, Disability Services and Child Protection, Hon Helen Morton MLC this morning at the very nice Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. The award provides some very good recognition for our team of Project Officers around the state,” he said.

The Minister said “The winners of this year’s awards show a level of commitment to these complex health and social issues not only from within the alcohol and drug sector, but beyond.

“I know there are so many outstanding people working in this area within our communities, and the Alcohol and Drug Authority Board had quite a challenge choosing the award winners.”

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees.

For more information visit http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/

 

Thirteen West Australian individuals and organisations were recognised for their outstanding contribution to preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug related harm at the Alcohol and other Drug Excellence Awards ceremony held in Fremantle today.

- See more at: http://goodsports.com.au/around-the-ground/articles/good-sports-wa-awarded/

We are proud to announce that Good Sports Western Australia took out the 2014 Prevention Award.

State Manager Greg Williams said the achievement was great recognition for the work of the program which is less than two years old in WA.

“The award was presented to us by the Minister for Mental Health, Disability Services and Child Protection, Hon Helen Morton MLC this morning at the very nice Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. The award provides some very good recognition for our team of Project Officers around the state,” he said.

The Minister said “The winners of this year’s awards show a level of commitment to these complex health and social issues not only from within the alcohol and drug sector, but beyond.

“I know there are so many outstanding people working in this area within our communities, and the Alcohol and Drug Authority Board had quite a challenge choosing the award winners.”

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees.

For more information visit http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/

- See more at: http://goodsports.com.au/around-the-ground/articles/good-sports-wa-awarded/#re - See more at: http://goodsports.com.au/around-the-ground/articles/good-sports-wa-awarded/#read
 
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Hockey QLD to promote healthy attitudes with Good Sports

25 June 2014

Hockey Queensland has stepped up their commitment to healthy clubs by forming a partnership with the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program.

Good Sports works in communities to make sports clubs safe and healthy. Through the program, clubs learn about managing alcohol responsibly to become more family-friendly. In Queensland, the program has an added benefit, providing advice to sports clubs around healthy eating as well.

Hockey Queensland CEO Louisa Begley, said they were thrilled to be amongst the first state sporting organisations to formalise a partnership with Good Sports, helping hockey clubs across the state promote healthier attitudes to food and alcohol.

“It’s important for state sporting organisations to take the lead and support community clubs to create healthier sporting environments. Many hockey clubs within Queensland have already adopted this program with two of our clubs winning the last two consecutive Queensland Good Sports Club of the Year awards. We look forward to continuing this important initiative.”

Good Sports QLD Manager Damien Shea, said that with this new partnership, the Australian Drug Foundation hopes to further assist Queensland hockey clubs through the program.

“We’re already working with 26 hockey clubs and associations across the state so we know that there’s great demand for the healthy initiatives of the Good Sports program.

“We welcome the support of Hockey Queensland to get even more clubs on board and further promote healthy environments throughout the state.”

For over a decade, the Good Sports program has been assisting sporting clubs across Australia to manage alcohol and tobacco. In Queensland, the program has evolved to now include healthy eating through the program Good Sports Healthy Eating.

The program has combined and built on the success of the original Good Sports program and Food for Sport: Health Food and Drink Guidelines for Sporting Clubs. It is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative.

For more information visit www.goodsports.com.au or find us on Facebook.com/GoodSportsClubs

 

 
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