Experts collaborate on Victoria's alcohol and drug strategy

Posted on: Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Eastern Health’s Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre and the Australian Drug Foundation will spearhead a symposium this week to help shape the Victorian Government’s alcohol and drug strategy.

Victorian Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Mary Wooldridge,will open the symposium with Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Professor Dan Lubman, and Australian Drug Foundation CEO John Rogerson among the key speakers.

“This is about getting all the key thinkers and health experts in one room to set the agenda and ensure Victoria’s approach to alcohol and other drugs is leading the way,” Australian Drug Foundation CEO John Rogerson said.

Prof Lubman said the symposium was an ideal opportunity to identify key initiatives that could help address alcohol and drug-related harm in Victoria.

“The symposium is an ideal starting place for hearing about what has and hasn’t worked, and what the community identifies as key issues for them,” he said. “We hope the day we help crystallise what can be successfully achieved as part of a whole-of-government strategy.”

Experts from across the alcohol and drug sector will explore a range of issues including what existing evidence suggests is the most effective way forward for prevention, treatment and community engagement.

The symposium will also seek ideas and proposals, as well as identify key issues from across all levels of government.

The September 21 symposium will be held at the William Angliss Institute Conference Centre in Melbourne.