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We need more than gimmicks to face up to alcohol and other drugs

We need more than gimmicks to face up to alcohol and other drugs

Just because ‘there’s an app for that’, doesn’t mean anyone is going to use it.  Responding to the promotion of another simplistic app that purports to challenge young people about the impacts of their drinking, UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis considers what works in supporting people to change their behaviour and some of the challenges […]

Now the election’s over, let’s get back to the evidence

Now the election’s over, let’s get back to the evidence

Many thanks to James Beckford Saunders (UnitingCare ReGen’s Director of Education and Advocacy) for his reflections on the absence of drug policy from election coverage and the challenges facing advocates for evidence based policy and treatment. Amidst the flurry of the federal election campaign, drug policy received scant attention from the major parties (and the […]

Want to stop police corruption? Start taking drug and alcohol issues seriously

Want to stop police corruption? Start taking drug and alcohol issues seriously

(Part 2 of a Croakey series on health reform) As per the previous post, many in the mental health sector are less-than-impressed (to put it politely) about the direction of health reform. Another neglected area is alcohol and drug services, argues Dr Alex Wodak, President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. The neglect of […]

Soft on drugs? Or going cuckoo?

Soft on drugs? Or going cuckoo?

Forget Media Watch. Today we bring you Media Release Watch, thanks to Dr Alex Wodak, President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. In his sights is a recent release from Andrew Stoner, the leader of the NSW Nationals. Dr Wodak writes:

Some ideas for health reform that could happen NOW: cancer chief

Some ideas for health reform that could happen NOW: cancer chief

The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s final report made numerous recommendations, many of which require a great deal more work before they could be considered ready for implementation. It seems unlikely that changes will happen quickly. However, Professor Ian Olver, CEO of Cancer Council Australia, has a few suggestions for reforms that could be […]