Provision for the development of the next National Alcohol Strategy for 2016-21
Project Type - Drug and alcohol
The National Drug Strategy (NDS) is Australia’s drug and alcohol strategy is aimed at building safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities.
The InterGovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD) is responsible to health and law enforcement ministers for overseeing the work of the NDS, which includes implementation of the National Alcohol Strategy (NAS) that operates as a sub-strategy of the NDS.
The draft NAS 2016-2021 will provide a coordinated and comprehensive approach within Australia to reduce the demand, supply and harms associated with the harmful use of alcohol. It will be informed by strong evidence-based research consistent with the national strategic goals of: building safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities within Australia.
The IGCD will oversee the development of the NAS 2016-2021. A National Alcohol Strategy Expert Reference Group will be established by the IGCD to provide advice on the development of content.
Key features of the methodology included:
1. Review the national and international literature in relation to best practice harm minimisation for alcohol
2. Develop, conduct and analyse an online survey of relevant agencies and personnel (approximately 200) across Australia.
3. Conduct interviews with strategic stakeholders across Australia and a representative reference group of experts
4. Consult focus groups (1-2) in every Australian jurisdiction
5. Provide a first draft
Project outcome: Submission of draft strategy for the Department within the project timeframe.