Archived Premier's Drug Prevention Council (PDPC) reports & publications
Reports and publications available:
- A Feasibility Study for an Illicit Tablet Information & Monitoring Service
- Local Solutions for Public Drug Use
- Resource Guide for Planning Effective Community Drug Prevention
- Healthy Pregnancies Healthy Babies Kit for Koori Communities Resource Kit
- Indigenous Drug Prevention – Research and Stocktake Gap Analysis
- Dropping, Connecting, Playing and Partying: Exploring the social and cultural contexts of ecstasy and related drug use in Victoria
- Annual report
- Prevention post - PDPC newsletter
- Community Consultation Forum: The Australian Alcohol Guidelines - Is It Time For A New Direction?
- The role of DirectLine in treatment pathways and referral uptake
- Estimating the cost of heroin use in Victoria
- Evaluation framework for Victorian drug prevention programs
- Getting the Full Bottle on Alcohol: report from the seminar held for key stakeholders in December 2004
- Victorian youth alcohol & drug survey
The feasibility study was commissioned to determine whether it is realistic to implement a form of illicit tablet information and monitoring service (ITIMS). The scope of the study was to:
- identify the major potential users of an ITIMS and determine their collective and respective information needs;
- develop and appraise a range of options (system models) for an ITIMS, which meets the collective and respective needs of the major potential information users; and
- assess the feasibility, output costs, and risks of developing and implementing the range of options identified and propose recommendations as to the most preferable option/s.
The 'Local Solutions for Public Drug Use' resource was initiated by the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council (PDPC) to respond to community concern about public drug use in Victoria and best practice local responses to this issue.
The overall purpose of this project was to retrospectively analyse local community actions taken in response to public drug use and to understand the effectiveness of these actions as well as the process of developing and implementing them.
The project aims were to:
- Identify examples of best practice in local solutions to public drug use;
- Gather knowledge and views of key local stakeholders and other experts regarding the impact of public drug use and document the various current systems of local responses;
- Identify and recommend opportunities for enhancement in the existing range of responses to public drug use in Victoria;
- Identify opportunities for trialling new and diverse approaches to local partnerships and building community support; and
- Explore the extent to which drug use prevention features in local responses.
The resource comprises three components:
- A review of the literature;
- The development of Guidelines for local communities to assist in responding to public drug use; and
- A Report that explores the Victorian context of interventions that respond to public drug use.
For the purposes of this project, 'public drug use' was defined as the supply and use of drugs that are usually injected in public places.
During its final term, the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council commissioned the development of an evidence based drug prevention planning resource. This project was undertaken primarily by Professor John Toumbourou from the School of Psychology, Deakin University and the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital. The final Report was produced by Ged Dibley, from PDF Management Services.
The 'Resource Guide for Planning Effective Community Drug Prevention' is a succinct guide for local communities undertaking drug prevention planning and aligns with Victoria’s Integrated Health Promotion Planning Framework.
The Resource Guide provides: a rationale for community drug prevention; principles and practical approaches to community drug prevention planning; and steps to planning effective drug prevention strategies. Specifically it provides information regarding:
- Forming a planning partnership;
- Gathering information to inform community prevention planning;
- Determining what approach to use;
- A developmental pathways approach to drug prevention;
- Specific actions to take; and
- Evaluating drug prevention actions.
The Healthy Pregnancies Healthy Babies Kit was developed by a project team from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and Onemda. The project team were supported in their work by an expert advisory committee and by the Koori Maternity Services State wide steering committee.
The kit aims to develop culturally appropriate resources for Victoria and comprises a flip chart, posters and pamphlets. It was designed to be used by Aboriginal health workers, Maternal and Child Health nurses, Midwives, GPs and other health service providers who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their families and communities.
The kit takes a holistic approach and stresses that it is an all of community responsibility to support a pregnant woman to be healthy.
La Trobe University in collaboration with Onemda (University of Melbourne) and the Victorian Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisation (VACCHO) were commissioned by the PDPC to develop an Indigenous Drug Prevention Research Action Plan. This involves a review of drug prevention research published over the past five years and which is relevant to the Victorian Indigenous community.
Dropping, Connecting, Playing and Partying: Exploring the social and cultural contexts of ecstasy and related drug use in Victoria
The PDPC commissioned research into the social and cultural context of ecstasy and related drugs (ERDs) use in Victoria. The report describes patterns of ERDs use, identifies the social and cultural contexts of ERDs users and identifies the harms that users associate with ERDs use. The report also makes recommendations about ERDs-specific prevention approaches, including when and where these approaches would be most appropriate.
Some hard copies of these reports are available upon request, please contact the VDAPC Secretariat on (61 3) 9096 0378 or download a copy below.
The PDPC is committed to providing information on its activities through its regular newsletter, the Prevention Post. To date, the PDPC has produced five issues of this newsletter. You can download these editions below:
- Priorities for the current term
- Council Membership
- Schoolies week
- Healthy babies, healthy pregnancies
- A new toolkit for drug prevention
- The Community Alcohol Action Network’s Grogwatch
- Review of DrugInfo Clearinghouse
- Drug Prevention Research Action Plan
- Developing a Youth Drug Reporting System
- Understanding context of ecstasy and related drugs
- Local solutions to public drug use
- Drug Prevention Travelling Fellowship
- The Secretariat/Resources
- DrugInfo Clearinghouse
The PDPC hosted a community consultation forum in Melbourne on 1 February 2007 to gather community views on the current NHMRC Australian Alcohol Guidelines (2001) and to feed these into a formal review of the Guidelines currently being undertaken by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), scheduled for completion later this year.
The forum was attended by more than 100 delegates from Victoria and interstate, representing a wide range of interests and professional fields, including health workers, policy makers, researchers, local government, and community activists.
A number of speakers and delegates called for changes to the Guidelines, particularly in relation to the advice provided on safe drinking levels for children, adolescents, women – including pregnant women, people with mental health issues and older people. There were also calls for more effective communication of the Guidelines to these important groups and the general community.
In 2006 the PDPC funded two studies to enhance knowledge of service use and consumer profiles in the alcohol and drug telephone counselling and referral system.
The PDPC commissioned work to determine the cost of heroin use in Victoria. The project includes a literature review of direct and indirect costs associated with heroin use; development of a framework determining heroin related costs applicable to Victoria and 12 case studies identifying the "human face" of heroin use, which have also been costed according the framework.
The full report is available from the DrugInfo Clearinghouse web site.
*Note: Hard copies of the full report and the summary report can be ordered from the DrugInfo clearinghouse web site.
The PDPC commissioned the development of an evaluation framework to monitor and evaluate drug prevention programs in Victoria. This framework is an innovative approach to the evaluation of drug prevention programs. Essential features of the framework include a Program Logic program development model, ongoing monitoring of both policy context and the social environment, and a validation process ensuring that the program is correctly implemented.
The framework is being utilised by the PDPC as the evaluation activity for its major projects.
The Guide to Evaluating Drug Prevention Projects in Victoria is also available to assist people working in drug prevention programs to evaluate according to the framework. The guide can be downloaded below or a hard copy can be obtained from the DrugInfo Clearinghouse.
- Evaluation framework for Victorian drug prevention programs (full report)
- Guide to evaluating drug prevention projects in Victoria (summary report)
Getting the full bottle on alcohol: report from the seminar held for key stakeholders in December 2004.
The PDPC hosted the seminar as part of its work aimed at addressing alcohol-related problems in our community.
The Victorian Youth Alcohol and Drugs Survey (VYADS) is a quantitative survey reporting on frequency, patterns and attitudes to drug use among young people aged 16 - 24 residing in Victoria.
These surveys show consistent findings for this age group, similar to those of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2001, conducted by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The following reports are located on the DrugInfo clearinghouse web site: