National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 Roundtable Consultation Report
Many participants had the view that it would be better to re-position the priority areas within the NDS as actions, which link directly to the objectives. Within that context, participants thought that the priorities would be better understood if they were written with more clarity and precision.
There was a widespread view of the need for the NDS to better reflect the key sub-strategies relating to alcohol, tobacco, illicit and licit (include pharmaceutical medicines) drugs.
Participants raised the need for the NDS to recognise its support of innovation, particularly with regards to treatment across areas where there was an existing gap in evidence.
Other key issues raised by the participants included:
- Current funding arrangements need to better enable delivery of integrated care, where the individual’s needs drive the provision of services;
- a focus should be taken on ‘high risk’ groups within the population, such as the mentally ill, young people (12-25 years), refugees and ATSI peoples;
- reaffirm the notion of ‘no wrong door’ when seeking access to services as a key means for supporting people with complex needs;
- reaffirm early intervention as a key means for reducing substance misuse across the community;
- alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use remains the primary area of concerns for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
- additional priority needs to be placed on the increasing incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder;
- Take a holistic approach to treatment, which requires integrated service delivery across the health, housing, social and income support, community services, law enforcement, correctional and criminal justice sectors;
- Workforce development, which participants felt had received little attention to date, was identified by participants as a key priority;
- better engagement with and involvement of consumers in the strategy;
- Focus on families by recognising the important role they play in providing support; and