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Why does Council have an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Policy?
The misuse of alcohol and
other drugs is widely recognised in Australia as a major health problem, and
one that has broader social and economic costs.Local government has an important role in reducing harms from
alcohol and other drugs through planning and regulatory controls, advocacy,
research, partnership, referrals and prevention programs including providing
non-alcohol related events and activities.
The City of Maribyrnong, and
Footscray in particular, has a history of illicit drug use and trafficking and
heroin use is still relatively high. But the two most widely available and
socially acceptable drugs, alcohol and tobacco, cause the most drug-related
Maribyrnong City Council has a strong history of
taking action on the harms caused by the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. Growth,
gentrification and imminent residential development, combined with changing
patterns of alcohol and other drug use over the last decade, has prompted
Council to research the local policy context and re-affirm its position on
managing alcohol and other drugs within the municipality.
research and consultation has been conducted, (see the discussion paper in the document library), to
inform the development of the policy.
Following a review of
relevant local data, research evidence and stakeholder consultation, a framework for action
has been developed with specific actions against each priority area: advocacy,
research, partnerships, information provision, and leadership.
What other organisations are involved in AOD in our area?
Strong local partnerships are crucial in addressing the complex issues raised by
misuse of alcohol and other drugs. These organisations play an important and
complementary role in this space.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundationdelivers the Good Sports program to local sporting clubs and The Other Talk workshop to help families talk openly about alcohol and other drugs.
VicHealth works with organisations to develop effective interventions and improve community awareness on key health issues facing Victorians. Preventing harm from alcohol is one of VicHealth's five health promotion priorities.
Cohealth runs Health Works in Footscray which supports the health and wellbeing of people who
inject drugs by providing them with medical and general health care, safer
using equipment, and education.
Uniting Care ReGen in partnership with Odyssey House coordinate and deliver alcohol and other drug treatment services across northern and western metropolitan Melbourne.
Victoria Policepartnered with Council on A
Shared Approach to Safety in the City of Maribyrnong 2015-17, which
prioritises minimising the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the community. Victoria Police addresses
the demand, supply and harm associated with alcohol and other drugs through monitoring and enforcing
compliance with liquor licenses, enforcement and proactive policing.
Research institutes - for example, the
University of Melbourne recently completed a report for the City of Maribyrnong - 'Changing Alcohol and Other Drug Trends in Maribyrnong'.
Institute have also actively participated in local AOD research.
What other Council policies does the Draft AOD Policy align with?
The policy aligns with key
Council policies including the Shared Approach to Safety in the City of
Maribyrnong 2015-17, Draft Licensed Premises Policy,
Draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and Draft Human Rights and Social
Justice Framework (which version)
Does Council provide needle/syringe collection services?
Council provides needle/syringe collection services, including
disposal containers to community members and street cleansing activities. Residents
can call the free Syringe Collection
Hotline 9688 0200 at any time of the day or week to arrange for the collection
of needles and syringes in public areas such as laneways, parks and gutters.