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ADCA funding cut

One of Australia’s oldest and most important alcohol and drug organisations is under threat.

The announcement that the Government has cut funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) has sent shockwaves through the health sector.

Operating over the past 40 years, ADCA has been a valuable resource for people in the AOD sector providing information, professional development and advocacy services.

Despite repeated assurances from Health Department officials that funding would continue ADCA has now gone into voluntary administration.

Since the shock announcement the FARE inbox has been filled with emails of concern and confusion from people in the sector.

Today we publish a letter from ADCA Patron Professor Ian Webster explaining what the end of this peak body means.

To show your support for ADCA, contact your local Federal Government member, contact the media with your concerns and write to Health Minister Peter Dutton or his Assistant Minister Senator Fiona Nash.

Help keep the conversation going. Make a comment below or share your thoughts on Professor Ian Webster’s blog , Dr Alex Wodak’s blog or Professor Robin Room’s letter to the Prime Minister.

Sign the Save ADCA petition to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.



Senator Fiona Nash

Go to Senator Nash’s website and post a comment

Ring or Fax: Phone: (02) 6382 3400  Fax: (02) 6382 3499 Freecall: 1300 734 681  Parliament: (02) 6277 7440

Send an Email at APH senator.nash@aph.gov.au

Post a letter: 79 Main Street Young, NSW, 2594


Hon Peter Dutton

Go to Hon Peter Dutton’s website and post a comment.

Ring or Fax: Ph (07) 3205 9977   Fax: (07) 3205 5111  Parliament: (02) 6277 7220

Send an Email to APH: peter.dutton.mp@aph.gov.au

Post a letter to PO Box 2012, Strathpine QLD 4500



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