National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 Roundtable Consultation Report
5. 2 Objectives
Discussions at each of the roundtables identified the need for a clear delineation between the objectives, priorities and principles. Linking the objectives and the actions to the mission statement was seen as a means for enhancing general understanding of the strategy and enabling progress to be monitored by publically available performance measures. Participants generally supported reducing the number of objectives and focusing them on a desired set of outcomes, which would assist the strategy by giving greater coherence and direction.
A further approach identified by participants was to reduce the number of objectives to a small overarching set (as outlined below), with the remaining objectives being subsumed into supporting actions:
- Prevent the uptake of harmful drug use;
- Reduce the supply and use of illicit drugs in the community;
- Reduce the risks to the community of criminal drug offences and other drug related crime, violence, and anti-social behaviour; and
- Reduce drug related harm for individuals, families and communities.
Within the roundtable discussions participants also identified community education as a key role for the NDS as a means of facilitating a change in a culture that may condone/encourage alcohol and other drug use. This was seen as being particularly relevant to impacting young people’s views on alcohol use.
A recurring theme throughout the roundtable discussions was the need for the NDS to reflect the importance of integrated service delivery in acknowledgment that people with substance misuse issues often have a complex set of needs that requires assistance across a range of sectors.
Other issues and concerns discussed during the review of the NDS objectives included the:
- challenges and difficulties of remoteness and isolation, particularly the difficulties associated with servicing remote communities;
- importance of an emphasis on early intervention to reduce harmful behaviours; and