Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) aim to make their local communities safer, healthier, and stronger by reducing the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs through evidence-based, primary prevention activities.
Since 1999 CDAT volunteer groups made up of community members, staff from Local Health Districts and representatives from other government and non-government agencies, have been organising primary prevention activities and developing resources aimed at strengthening their communities.
There are more than 70 CDATs across NSW.
The motto of the NSW CDAT Program is “We’re stronger together” and that theme permeates every aspect of the program, which is about bringing people and groups together, within local communities and across the state, to make a meaningful and positive difference in people’s lives
Karralika Programs is part of a consortium of specialist alcohol and other drug organisations led by Odyssey House NSW manage the program, supporting CDATs to deliver primary prevention activities and help reduce drug and alcohol related harm in their local communities.
Along with Karralika Programs Inc and Odyssey House NSW, the consortium includes The Buttery and Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Service Inc.
A Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) is a group of volunteers, including Community members as well as workers from government and non-government agencies who come together and pool their time, talent, and resources to make their local communities safer, healthier and stronger by reducing the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs through evidence-based, primary prevention activities.
CDATs meet regularly, focussing on the key concerns related to the legal and illegal use of alcohol and other drugs, within their local communities.
CDAT programs and activities have been shown to raise community awareness, cultivate resilience and foster the development of protective factors that benefit individuals, families, and workplaces.