National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 Roundtable Consultation Report

7 Increased Vulnerability

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The participants at each roundtable consultation were asked to consider and discuss the following questions:

There were wide ranging discussions about vulnerable groups in all the roundtables. Some participants noted that rather than using the term vulnerable groups, it may be more appropriate to refer to those with complex health and social needs or those ‘at risk’. There was an emphasis on the need for key at risk population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and children (whose parent(s) have a substance misuse issue) to be identified for priority focus within the NDS. Further, participants emphasised the need for a holistic approach to the provision of support services, where integration across the community and health sectors occurred.

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: Participants noted there is a lack of access to alcohol and other drug treatment services for people in prison.. It was noted that many of these people had an ongoing substance misuse problem, which contributed to their crime and would likely impact their prospects for integrating back into the community.
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.

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