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Alcohol and other drugs

Our shared goal under this action plan was to prevent and reduce the adverse impact of alcohol and other drugs on the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

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

Not everyone who uses alcohol, tobacco and other drugs will experience harm or become dependent.

However, when harm does occur it can have wide ranging impacts on the mental and physical health of the individual, on their families, communities and on the economy through increased demand on government and community services and lost productivity.

Every day, Queenslanders experience harms from alcohol and other drug use including injury, illness, disability and early death. In Queensland, alcohol and other drug use accounts for an estimated 4,300 deaths and more than 65,000 hospital admissions each year.

About the AOD Action Plan

The Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015–17 was developed as a key initiative of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. The 2015 AOD Action Plan outlines actions under three priority areas, in line with the National Drug Strategy: demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction.

Discussion paper

A 2015 discussion paper Reducing Alcohol and Other Drug Impacts in Queensland was developed to guide consultation and inform development of the Action Plan.

Background papers were also prepared by consultants Siggins Miller to help inform the development of the action plan. These included:


The 2015 AOD Action Plan was the result of extensive consultation. We consulted a wide range of stakeholders including people who have experienced problematic alcohol and other drug use, their families and service providers.

What we heard

In 2015, Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA) prepared a Consultation Summary Report of feedback from service providers and clients, family and friends about an AOD action plan.

We also hosted an AOD Sector roundtable in May 2015 to identify key issues to inform the action plan. Read the:

AOD reference group

As well as leading some actions, the Commission supported and monitored the implementation of the Action Plan. A Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Reference Group of government and non-government representatives also oversaw the Action Plan’s implementation and identifyied emerging issues and good practice.

Monitoring progress