Applications are now open for the third round of the Federal Government’s Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program.
The funding aims to help bring the community together to develop local plans and activities to prevent and reduce the harm being caused by drugs and alcohol in their regions.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says LDAT members could include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations.
“Successful applicants will initially receive $10,000 to help them to develop a local action plan. Once the plan is finalised, LDATs can apply to receive up to an additional $30,000 in their first year (and then $40,000 a year) to support delivery of local activities.”
“Any organisation with an interest in tackling drug and alcohol issues in their community is encouraged to apply.”
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will help new LDATs to develop and implement action plans targeted to their local needs.
There are now 80 LDATs across Australia representing more than 300 partnerships, but many more communities, including ours, can benefit from this program.
that the Local Drug Action Teams is a key measure within the Government’s $298 million National Ice Action Strategy to combat illicit drug and alcohol use.
“The National Ice Taskforce recognised that taking action at the local level and building community engagement and capacity is vital to reducing the harms that alcohol and other drugs have on individuals, families and communities.”
Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie welcomes the latest round of LDATs.
“The Government is encouraging regional health care providers to apply to become an LDAT. Expertise in drug and alcohol issues is not a prerequisite to form a LDAT.”
Porgammes eligible for funding can include raising awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine (also known as ‘ice’) and encouraging users toseek help; working with vulnerable people to improve their current situation through education or employment services; providing support and information to parents and carers to enable them to talk about alcohol and other drug issues with their children; and or developing local solutions for reducing violence and other harm related to alcohol and other drugs in public places.
Applications for round three of the LDAT program close 19 February 2018. There will be further opportunities to be part of the program later this year and in 2019.
For more information visit www.adf.org.au/ldat