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Alcohol & other drugs services in Victoria

On 25 January the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Mary Wooldridge, launched the whole of government alcohol and drug strategy titled Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria's plan 2013-2017.

Many indicators of alcohol and drug related harm climbed in Victoria between 2000 and 2010. This strategy provides a new agenda to improve the way police, courts, schools, hospitals and health and community services work together to bring down the alcohol and drug toll as well as deliver better health outcomes to those affected by the harms associated with alcohol misuse and drug use.

Reducing the alcohol and drug toll sets out a 15-point plan that provides a comprehensive response to the three major drug types, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs and illegal drugs. It also includes some key new investments, including:

The strategy is the culmination of a long process of consultation and deliberation. Thank you to all of those that participated in this process, and have followed the development of this important document.

For more information on the whole of government Victorian Alcohol and Drug Strategy.

What's New

New investments to tackle AOD issues in the Aboriginal community

A range of initiatives have been announced to improve access and support to address substance abuse in Aboriginal communities. Details can be found in the following communique.

  Alcohol and Drug Treatment System Reform Ministerial Communiqué Number 7 November 2014 

Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria's plan 2013-2017 - Strategy

Download the strategy, summary document and media release at Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria's plan 2013-2017 - Summary

New Victorian online alcohol information, self assessment and intervention tool - Say When

Say When is a free online information, screening and intervention tool desgined to help Victorians who drink alcohol to self-assess their own drinking habits, compare themselves to others and check whether their drinking is putting them at risk of harm.

Read more about Say When.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Development Framework and Implementation Plan

The Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge released Victorias alcohol and drug workforce framework: Strategic Directions 2012-22 and Victorias alcohol and drug workforce framework: Implementation plan 2012-15 in December 2012.

Read more about the Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Development Framework and Implementation Plan