Dear Colleagues, Please find below information and links related to the Victorian Government ‘Whole of Gov’t AOD Strategy’.
You will note links related to: the consultation process, to a Department of Health Website which contains a repository of relevant information and documents relevant to the Review and the Reform process.
Victorian Alcohol & Drug Association (VAADA)
Whole of Government Victorian Alcohol and Drug Strategy
The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, and is committed to reforming the way that the Government, business, families and communities work together to address alcohol and drug related harms in Victoria.
Currently 1 in 10 Victorians drink at risky levels at least weekly, and alcohol consumption is a major contributor to disease, injury and other social harms. In the period since 1999, there has been a 47 per cent increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions and a 49 per cent increase in alcohol-related assaults. At the same time there have been significant increases in alcohol-related ambulance attendances and road trauma.
Over the same period, there have been ongoing problems with the use of illicit drugs. While the numbers of people using cannabis, amphetamine type substances, pharmaceutical drugs, hallucinogens and opioids have remained relatively steady, their harms continue to be a major burden for Victorians.
Pharmaceutical drug misuse and the development of synthetic drugs are emerging as new challenges in this area.
The Government is developing a whole of government Victorian Alcohol and Drug Strategy to address these concerns and its objectives are to:
- Decrease the current rates of alcohol and other drug abuse in Victoria.
- Reduce the amount of harm that alcohol and other drug abuse causes in the community.
- Increase access to treatment options so that people with an alcohol or drug problem can get help when they need it.
Helping shape the Strategy – the Expert Advisory Group (EAG)
The Victorian Government has established an independent advisory group to provide expert advice on alcohol and other drugs issues and to inform the development of the Strategy.
The membership of this group reflects diverse interests including those from health, education, justice, business, local government and community groups. The EAG will act as the foremost expert stakeholder voice to the Government on the Strategy.
The Consultation Process
The Victorian Government is encouraging Victorians to provide comment and ideas on how the harms associated with alcohol and drugs can be reduced - this will help shape the Strategy, including reflections on the current treatment system, role of government and ideas for reforms in specific areas.
In addition the EAG will be holding a series of meetings and consultation forums will be held over the second half of 2011. A public submissions process has commenced. All submissions will need to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 21 September 2011.
How to lodge your submission
All submissions will need to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 21 September 2011.
Submissions can be lodged in the following ways:
Mailed to level 17, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
Information on alcohol and drug reviews, reports and evaluations
A comprehensive review of program specific and service system reviews was conducted as part of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO)
report into AOD prevention and treatment programs that was released in March 2011.
The reviews referred to in the VAGO report are contained below. The Government is keen to provide as much information to interested parties as possible to inform the development of the strategy. These reports and reviews have mainly been produced for the Department of Health, and provide a reference point for the consultations that will be conducted as part of the development of the Strategy.
The Department of Health publishes a range of data and reports on alcohol and drug issues - visit our publications
page to find these published reports.
Keeping in touch with the Strategy