National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 Roundtable Consultation Report
5 Policy Framework
The NDS provides a policy framework to co-ordinate an integrated approach to government and non-government strategies, plans and initiatives at the national, state, territory and local level. The mission is to improve health, social and economic outcomes by preventing the uptake of harmful drug use and reducing the harmful effects of licit and illicit drugs in Australian society.
The mission is supported by a number of objectives, priorities and principles. The four key features of which are:
- Harm minimisation;
- A comprehensive approach to harmful use of licit, illicit drugs and other substances;
- Promotion of partnerships between the various government sectors, industry and the community; and
- A balanced approach across all levels of government to addressing the three pillars of supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction.
- Do the core objectives outlined in the National Drug Strategy 2004-2009 remain current?
- Are there any gaps in the objectives?
- Is there a natural order of priority?
- Do the 8 priority areas in the National Drug Strategy 2004 – 2009 remain current?
- Are there any gaps in the priorities?
- Are the priorities consistent with the objectives?
- How could Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples needs be better addressed through the main National Drug Strategy Framework?
- In that context, would a separate National Drug Strategy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Complementary Action Plan continue to have value?
- Where should efforts be focused in reducing substance use and associated harms in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?
- increasing interdependence in service delivery across the health, housing, education, law enforcement and community services;
- increasing levels of disaffection; and
- intergenerational patterns of drug use.
When considering the NDS and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Complementary Action Plan (CAP) there was general agreement that indigenous issues should be more comprehensively addressed in the next NDS and that the links between the CAP and the NDS strengthened.