DRUG support services and government agencies are collaborating to reduce the impact of meth in the City of Stirling.
The City is leading the Stirling Local Drug Action Team (LDAT), which comprises 26 organisations including the Department for Child Protection, Cyrenian House, School Drug Education and Road Awareness and Mirrabooka Police.
City community services manager Chris Brereton said the team played a key role in implementing prevention activities tailored to issues in the local area.
“Supporting communities to be at the heart of the solution is critical if we are to address alcohol and other drug harm,” he said.
“We achieve this by utilising human centred design – a creative approach to problem solving that involves service providers and community working together to design local responses.
“It’s a process that starts with the people we’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs.”
The team has developed prevention strategies including high adrenaline activities and internship programs, mentoring and sports programs, festivals, peer support and phone apps, which will be delivered over the next year.
It is one of many teams around Australia and received a $10,000 Federal Government grant to deliver services, as part of the national ice action strategy.
Stirling MHR Michael Keenan said the group had an emphasis on combating ice addiction.
“Building on existing methamphetamine action through community engagement in the Stirling area, the LDAT will be leading the development of a range of informed prevention initiatives targeting individuals, family, and community,” he said.