National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 Roundtable Consultation Report

5 Policy Framework

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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:

At the commencement of the roundtables held in Sydney and Melbourne the participants where asked to consider and respond to the following questions: The roundtable in Adelaide focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. The participants at this roundtable were asked to consider and discuss the following questions: There was general endorsement from the participants attending the three roundtables for the continuing relevance of the three pillars underpinning the NDS and the positive steps that have been taken to date through the implementation of the harm minimisation approach. There was discussion about the need to write the next NDS in a manner that directly engages the Australian community and brings a contemporary approach to the issues as they relate to society today. The recent developments to be recognised include: Many participants considered that the current NDS provides an emphasis on illicit drug use when alcohol and tobacco account for greater harms. Participants in each roundtable noted the need for an explicit scope statement reinforcing the inclusion of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (both licit and illicit) in the Strategy.

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.

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