Australia’s Ice Crisis

The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May with optional workshops on Wednesday 30 May at the QT Gold Coast.

Dr Christian Rowan, Addiction Sciences QLD (Smart Clinics) joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘Australia’s Ice Crisis’.

Dr Christian Rowan

The presentation will focus on the work being done by the Federal Government and State LNP to address the Ice epidemic that is ravaging Australia. It will also include commentary from Dr Rowan as an Addiction Medicine Specialist.

The National Ice Action Strategy was agreed upon at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in December 2015. The Federal Government committed $298.2 million over four years from the 1st of July 2016 to reduce the impacts associated with drug and alcohol misuse to individuals, families and communities.

The implementation of NIAS aims to ensure that families and communities across Australia have better access to information, support and services to help them to respond to drug and alcohol issues.

NIAS provides a targeted approach to high-risk populations and the Federal Government has committed to early intervention and treatment services that are better able to respond to drug and alcohol related harms and are more suitable to meeting the needs of the populations they serve.

The Liberal National Party has a strong history of addressing drug use in Queensland, including measures such as supporting addiction treatment services that work, as well specific strategies to disrupt supply networks. These were implemented during the LNP’s previous term in Government in Queensland.

The LNP recruited almost 900 additional police officers on the frontline and implemented strong criminal law reforms. Taskforce Maxima sought to address the scourge of criminal gangs. The LNP provided $3.4 million for a Queensland Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative and $5.5 million targeted at helping at-risk population groups including young rural and remote Queenslanders.

The LNP in Queensland has a comprehensive response, based on the National Ice Action Strategy.

Dr Christian Rowan is a Specialist Physician. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Chapter of Addiction Medicine. He is also a member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Dr Rowan is the State Member for Moggill in the Queensland Parliament. He is the Shadow Minister for Communities, Shadow Minister for Disability Services & Seniors, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Shadow Minister for the Arts.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference please visit the conference website.

 

 

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