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Alcohol and other drugs

The Commission is currently leading the development of the renewed approach to alcohol and other drugs in Queensland. The renewed approach will aim to prevent and reduce the adverse impact of drugs and alcohol on the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

The renewed AOD plan is a commitment under the Shifting minds strategic plan.

Priorities for action

The priorities for action, identified within Shifting minds, include:

  • the development of multiagency responses to meet the needs of individuals and groups with complex needs
  • drug policy reform
  • alcohol related harm
  • increasing AOD prevention and early intervention 
  • growth and development across the continuum of service responses for problematic AOD use 
  • workforce development; and addressing stigma and AOD literacy.

A range of evidence-based harm minimisation approaches to problematic AOD use are being considered to balance demand, supply and harm reduction.

The approach will align with the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 and its six sub-plans – including the National Alcohol Strategy 2019-2028, and the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategic Action Plan 2018-2028; and a range of other state and national policies and strategies.

Consultation

The Commission is consulting with a wide range of stakeholders – including people who use drugs and who have experienced problematic alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, their families and service providers to help inform the development of a contemporary approach to AOD for Queensland.  

A variety of consultations have already been conducted across the State with approximately 150 key stakeholders from various government and non-government agencies.

The Commission is considering consultation activity with the broader community.  These options will consider the current safety restrictions being imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can register your interest to have your say by emailing AOD@qmhc.qld.gov.au.

AOD Action Plan 2015-17

The Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015–17 was developed as a key initiative of the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019  (2014-2019 Strategic Plan).

The AOD Action Plan outlined actions under three priority areas: demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction.

Approval of Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 marked the finalisation of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan and associated action plans.