National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 Roundtable Consultation Report
7 Increased Vulnerability
The participants at each roundtable consultation were asked to consider and discuss the following questions:
- How can the NDS better complement the social inclusion agenda such as addressing unemployment, homelessness, mental illness and social disadvantage?
- Where should effort be focussed to reduce substance use and associated harms among vulnerable populations?
- How could Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs be better addressed through the main National Drug Strategy?
Some participants noted that the NDS framework needs to support the building of capacity for organisations to work with priority groups at increased risk of alcohol and other drug harm in a flexible way that takes into account other key sectors such as health, education, housing and the criminal justice system.
Participants asked that the NDS give consideration to the following social determinants of health:
- housing; and
Some participants noted that there is currently limited drug and alcohol support services available for those people transitioning out of prisons back into the community.