Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009: consultation paper
Evidence informed practice
One of the key principles underpinning Australia's National Drug Strategy is that policy and practice are, wherever possible, informed by research evidence on patterns of supply and use, the harms arising and the most effective approaches to reducing supply, demand and harm. Governments and non-government agencies operating under the Strategy have a shared commitment to improving knowledge and practice and building on the successes and strengths of past efforts.
A strong evidence base has been built over the past 25 years, but continuing effort is needed to update the evidence and address gaps in some areas. Early identification of emerging issues, and the development of timely responses to them also requires continuing effort, as does the translation of research findings into practice. Where there is little evidence around effective approaches, leadership is needed to support innovation building on what is known.