Did you know you can get involved in your local community to help reduce the harms caused by drugs and alcohol? For the past 5 years, NSW Health has been overseeing the community drug and alcohol program throughout NSW helping community volunteers, local health and welfare services and businesses to come together and work on projects unique to their local communities to reduce alcohol and drug-related issues.
What is a Community Drug Action Team?
Community Drug Action Teams (also known as CDATs) are coalitions of representatives from government and non-government agencies, community, volunteers and local business and welfare organisations set up to respond to the impact of alcohol and other drugs in their community.
Each team operates according to the objectives of the 1999 NSW Drug Summit Government Plan of Action.
What does a CDAT do?
Each team works to reduce the local impact of alcohol and other drug problems by identifying gaps in services and working with organisations and other community groups on local projects.
Common types of CDAT activities include:
- Identifying drug and alcohol-related problems in the local community through consultation with local groups and organisations.
- Information gathering and research (example: the creation of leaflets listing local drug and alcohol services.
- Drug information and education sessions in the form of community forums and information expos.
- Safe environment and prevention activities such as organising drug and alcohol-free events for young people.
- Encouraging service/community partnerships (example: a local retailers’ voluntary code of conduct restricting the sale of solvents).
- Identifying gaps or potential overlaps in local services which work on drug and alcohol-related issues.
- Working with organisations and other community members to meet community needs.
CDATs are supported by a regional Community Engagement & Action Project Officer, whose role is to provide practical support to CDATs, assist in identifying resources and build relationships between CDATs.
How can I get involved?
Contact your nearest Project Officer