IAWGD Annual Report 2014-2015: IAWGD Overview

Background

The IAWGD was established in 2008 to provide strategic, high level advice to the Tasmanian Government on emerging drug-related issues and to coordinate strategic policy and service delivery responses that recognises the harms related to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs requires an integrated whole-of-government approach with links to other strategies and Tasmanian policy objectives.  

Since the mid 1980's, the National Drug Strategy (NDS) strategic policy framework has informed the development, implementation and monitoring of drugs policies across different levels of government, and among government, non-government and private organisations and the community.  The NDS enables collaboration, among health, law enforcement and education, and promotes the use of evidence to inform drug policy and practices.  The Tasmanian Drug Strategic framework was developed to focus on issues specific to Tasmania. 

Purpose of the IAWGD

The IAWGD is the principal advisory body to the Tasmanian Government on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs related issues.  It is responsible for monitoring drug use trends and harms in Tasmania, and for implementing, monitoring, progressing and reporting on progress of the NDS and the Tasmanian Drug Strategy (TDS) and related strategic policy responses to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the Tasmanian community.

The work of the IAWGD is supported by an advisory structure specific to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs respectively, and by liaison with specialist treatment and service delivery.

In early 2015, the IAWGD was tasked by Cabinet to lead implementation of Tasmania's response to the use of crystal methamphetamine and to work alongside the DPAC to progress Tasmania's involvement in the National Taskforce to assist the development of the National Ice Action Strategy.

Membership

The Group comprises a Chair (Deputy Secretary, Corporate, Policy and Regulatory Services – Department of Health and Human Services), Deputy Chair and senior representatives from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Police and Emergency Management, Treasury and Finance (Commissioner for Licensing), Education, Justice and Premier and Cabinet. 

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council, Tasmania (ATDC) represents the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs sector and the Local Government Association of Tasmania currently has observer status.

IAWGD Role and Function

The role and function of the IAWGD is to:

  • Oversee the development, implementation, monitoring and coordination of strategic policy and whole-of-government responses to reduce the harms from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Tasmania;
  • Monitor changes in prevalence, levels and patterns of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use in Tasmania;
  • Consider the implications of the NDS and other national policy or reform initiatives; making recommendations regarding the adoption and/or implementation in the Tasmanian context; and overseeing the implementation and reporting of national drug strategic plans and related initiatives;
  • Provide advice and input to other national and state strategies and initiatives where alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are identified as issues of concern, with particular emphasis on prevention and the social and health determinants associated with drug use;
  • Consult, liaise and collaborate with a range of key stakeholders and representative groups, service providers and other agencies/organisations as appropriate.

Reporting

The IAWGD may make recommendations to the Minister for Health, and in 2014, facilitated the Responding to alcohol-related harms in Tasmania report from the DHHS for the Minister for Health.

The Group is required to provide annual reports on its activities and progress to the Minister as required by its Terms of Reference and to raise whole-of-government alcohol, tobacco and other drugs issues through the Minister to Cabinet.

IAWGD Meeting Protocols

The IAWGD meets a minimum of three (3) times annually and where possible meetings are scheduled to coincide with associated national forums such as the IGCD and the MHDAPC meetings.

In the 2014-2015 reporting period, meetings were held in July and October 2014 and April and June 2015.

Organisation

Representative

Meeting

Jul 2014

Oct 2014Apr
2015 
Jun 2015Out-of-Session
Input

Department of Health and Human Services -  Director of Public Health

Dr Roscoe Taylor (Chair)

X

X



X

Department of Health and Human Services -  Strategic Control, Workforce & Regulation

David Nicholson (Chair)



X

X

X

Department of Health and Human Services – Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate

Nick Goddard

X

X



X

Narelle Butt



X

X

X

Department of Treasury and Finance – Liquor and Gaming Branch

Adrian Christian/
Damien Jarvis

X

X



X

Greg Partridge/
Damien Jarvis



X

X

X

Department of Police and Emergency Management

Donna Adams/
Debra Salter

X

X



X

Richard Cowling/
Debra Salter



X

X

X

Department of Justice

Robert Williams

X

X



X

Nick Evans



X

X

X

Department of Education

Sue Tolbert

X

X



X

Tim Medwin



X

X

X

Department of Premier and Cabinet – Policy Division

Brooke Teal

-

X



X

Wendy Spencer



X

X

X

Local Government Association of Tasmania

Dr Katrena Stephenson/Georgia Palmer/Kate Hiscock

X

X

X

-

X

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council (ATDC)

Jann Smith

X

X

X

X

X

Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts

Craig Martin/Helen Langenberg

X

-

N/A

N/A

N/A