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National Drug Strategy 2010 - 2015 - Roundtable Consultation Synopsis Framework - Sydney, 15 April 2010

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Synopsis of the Roundtable Consultation on the National Drug Strategy 2010 - 2015 in Sydney on 15 April 2010


The Sydney roundtable was attended by 25 participants. A list of participants and the organisations they represent can be found at Attachment A.


There was general consensus amongst the participants that the National Drug Strategy (NDS) should be rewritten in a manner that directly engages the Australian community, which will require the use of language that is less bureaucratic and is not focussed towards those working in the sector. The participants felt that a modern community focussed NDS should be explicit in the inclusion of alcohol and tobacco as well as licit (including pharmaceutical medicines) and illicit drugs. The revised strategy framework should comprise a small set of objectives which link directly to an updated mission statement and is monitored via a publicly available set of performance measures.

There was support that the three core pillars of the strategy remain relevant, but there is a need to better explain what is meant by harm minimisation. The participants suggested that the principles be clearly communicated to the Australian community and be written in a positive and concise way.

Participants sought the new strategy recognise the change in service delivery arrangements across the sector, with an increasing role being played by non-government and not for profit organisations. These organisations are not only providing drug and alcohol services, but are involved in liaising with child protection, domestic violence and mental health services and are regularly called upon to deal with homelessness and a range of other complex issues.

The strategy should revisit governance and engagement arrangements to better establish partnerships and ongoing working relationships with other parts of the community. This will require better co-operation between the strategy and other government initiatives such as social inclusion and health and hospital reform, and will require the establishment of interfaces with primary health care organisations.

All parties to the strategy must be accountable and responsible for implementation as demonstrated by reporting on outcomes achieved.

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Policy Framework

The following issues and concerns were raised, discussed and documented by the roundtable participants.






Participants suggested the NDS principles could focus on:


Other comments on priorities include: Top of page

Emerging Issues

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Increased Vulnerability

On that basis the NDS must give consideration to whole of life determinants: Top of page

Workforce and Capacity Building

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Performance Measures

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Governance Arrangements

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Attachment A - Participants - Roundtable Sydney, 15 April 2010

1Alex WodakAlcohol and Drug Service St Vincent's HospitalDirector
2David TemplemanAlcohol and Other Drugs Council of AustraliaChief Executive Officer
3Lynne Magor BlatchAustralasian Therapeutic Communities AssociationA/g Executive Officer
4Rupert MacGregorAustralia Council of State School OrganisationExecutive Director
5Catarina GiorigiAustralian Education and Rehabilitation FoundationPolicy Officer
6John HerronAustralian National Council on DrugsChairman
7Ian HickieBrain and Mind InstituteExecutive Director
8Carol MeadDirections ACTExecutive Director
9Tony TrimminghamFamily Drug SupportCEO
10Cheryl ManganInspire FoundationResearch and Policy Manager
11Margaret RenfreyLyons HouseDirector
12Larry PierceNSW Network of Alcohol and Drug AgenciesChief Executive Officer
13Nic IorfinoNSW Police ServicesActing Detective Superintendent
14Camila ZamfiOzcareManager
15Brian HuxleyQueensland Police ServicesA/g Superintendent
16Bradley FreeburnRedfern Aboriginal Medical ServicesDrug and Alcohol Coordinator
17Gerard ByrneSalvation ArmyConsultant
18Darren HunterSydney City CouncilDrug and Alcohol Coordinator
19Wesley NoffsTed NoffsCEO
20Kelvin ChambersThe Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education CentreChief Executive Officer
21Jacky CookToora Women IncExecutive Director
22Garth PoppleWe Help OurselvesExecutive Director
23Greg SoamesYouth Off the StreetsCluster Manager
Working Group Members / Representatives
24Gino VumbaccaAustralian National Council on DrugsSecretariat
25Pat WardNSW PoliceTeam Leader, Drug & Alcohol Coordination
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