Meeting with Senator Nash
The Directors of NDARC, NCETA, and NDRI were invited to attend a meeting with Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, and her chief advisor in Parliament House. The Minister expressed strong interest in a wide range of alcohol and other drug issues. The Directors provided Senator Nash with a thorough overview of the current state of the alcohol and other drug sector, emerging areas of research and problematic drug use, and highlighted effective methods for responding to alcohol and other drug problems. In particular, the nexus between research and evidence-informed policy and practice was emphasised.
Subsequent to the meeting with Senator Nash, the Directors prepared a written briefing document for the Minister to outline key alcohol and other drug issues to help inform future policy development and directions.