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Port Stephens Community Drug Action Team (PSCDAT) is a group of volunteers funded by the Australian Drug Foundation, to raise awareness on the prevention and reduction of alcohol and other drug-related harms. Community members are invited to attend the upcoming seminar on Friday 20th September, at the All Saints Nelson Bay Hall between 7 pm and 9 pm.

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the Port Stephens Council Community Grants to enable us to run Ice and General Drug Information Seminars. This is the second seminar which is aimed at informing the general public about impacts and options available.

A seminar hosted earlier this year, conducted by Dr David Outridge, a Drug and Alcohol specialist, has already proven to be very informative by those who attended with attendees stating “they had a better understanding of addiction and had changed their views after hearing the information”.

In addition to the seminar the Port Stephens Community Drug Action Team (PSCDAT) offer a group facilitation model called SMART recovery that are supported by accredited faciltators. A weekly Smart recovery group is available on Mondays in Nelson Bay. Our short term aim is to offer the same service in Raymond Terrance. SMART is recognised nationally as "best practice" in supporting those challenged by addictions.

Community members who would like to know more about the upcoming seminar or the SMART recovery groups should call 0478129121or email paul@pscdat.org.au.

The Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) is one of more than 70 CDATs across NSW and is made up of passionate volunteers working to build a healthier and more resilient neighbourhood.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manage the NSW Government funded Community Drug Action Teams, commended the CDAT on its efforts in reducing alcohol and other-drug related harms at a grass roots level.

“The Community Drug Action Team is committed to building a healthier, stronger community,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s NSW/ACT State Manager Dr Lisa Simone.

The NSW Government’s Community Engagement Action Program is administered by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. The program oversees the coordination and operation of Community Drug Action Teams, which have been helping to strengthen their own communities across the state for nearly 20 years.

For more information about Community Drug Action Teams, please visit https://adf.org.au/programs/community-drug-action-teams-nsw/