National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 Roundtable Consultation Report
- Reframe the National Drug Strategy 2010 - 2015 to better engage with the Australian community by focusing on the three pillars and increasing the understanding of the harmful consequences of drug abuse.
- Be explicit about the inclusion of alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical drugs and illicit drugs within the scope of the strategy.
- Focus the objectives on the mission statement and align the actions to give greater specificity and clear direction to the approaches that could be undertaken by the relevant jurisdictions.
- Develop a core set of indicators designed to monitor achievement of progress.
- Consider the need to provide national guidance regarding workforce issues.
- Continue with a separate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Complementary Action Plan and strengthen its ties to the National Drug Strategy.
- Identify the increasing misuse of prescription medicines and the need for integrated management of clients with complex issues that include alcohol and other drug issues, mental illness, homelessness, domestic violence and family breakdown.
- Identify within the NDS that the internet provides a great opportunity for educating and providing information to target groups (such as families and youth), but also is a means for sourcing, supplying and/or manufacturing drugs.
- Adopt practices to increase the transparency of national governance arrangements.
- Adopt wider engagement with consumers (including families) and non-government organisations in the national decision making processes.