A new National Alcohol Strategy is in development that will cover the period 2018-2026.
A draft of the National Alcohol Strategy was released for public consultation in December 2017: Consultation Draft of the National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026.
The public consultation has now closed and a final report is expected by July 2018.
What should a National Alcohol Strategy focus on?
The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) want the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum (MDAF) to adopt a new National Alcohol Strategy that has clear priorities, commitments, timeframes and accountability mechanisms. These are crucial for a National Alcohol Strategy to achieve change. The National Alcohol Strategy will cover a period of eight years, so it is critical that this strategy has a strong focus on implementation.
For this reason NAAA and FARE are calling for a National Alcohol Strategy to:
- Adopt the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 frame as a model for the new National Alcohol Strategy.
- Adopt a system of strong accountability measures to monitor progress.
- Prioritise and commit to implementing a series of modest activities in the first three years, which will move action on reducing alcohol’s toll from inertia to momentum.
- Review progress in implementing the National Alcohol Strategy after the first three years.
What did other stakeholders say about the draft National Alcohol Strategy?
Submissions to the public consultation have not been made public and will be a decision for the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum.
Below is a range of submissions from organisations within the public health sector.
- Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD)
- Centre for Alcohol Policy and Research (CAPR)
- McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
- People’s alcohol action coalition (PAAC)
- Public Health Association of Australia
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
- St Vincent’s Health Australia
- The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
- National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NoFASD)
- Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC)
- National Drug Research Institute
- Cancer Council Victoria (CCV)
- Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC)
- Clinical Assoc Prof Adrian Reynolds
Can I still have a say on the National Alcohol Strategy?
Yes. Although the consultation has closed, you can still have your say by letting a member of the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum know what you think about the draft National Alcohol Strategy.
Visit the Department of Health website for information on the National Alcohol Strategy and the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum.