The final Australia21 Board meeting of 2017 was a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face. The time together sowed the seeds for new approaches and themes, while revealing fresh sources of energy and providing a strong foundation for the work to come in 2018.
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Portugal’s 2001 drug law reforms have worked: drops in HIV infections, overdose deaths, crime and problematic use. Meanwhile, the punitive approach in other countries (including Australia) has been costly and ineffective. As Alex Wodak notes, attitudes are finally changing in the face of evidence.
It’s December! That means there’s a long hot summer of celebrations and music festivals ahead. Australia21 has done a lot of research into the use of alcohol and other drugs and the evidence is clear: preventing and reducing harm is far more important than punishing people for their mistakes. So here are a few tips for getting through without too much damage.
As Victoria’s Upper House begins to debate the Assisted Dying bill passed by Lower House MPs, Australia21 is calling on those who will vote to set aside emotion and examine the evidence supporting change.
The first school to adopt ‘Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack’ has integrated it into VCE Global Politics. Download it now and get students talking!
Mindfulness research can suffer from poor methodology, with subjective evaluation. The Mindful Futures Network is helping to map the best tests and measures of effectiveness in Australia.
The ACT Government’s decision to allow pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will prevent overdoses and toxicity. Other Australian jurisdictions should also put harm reduction first.