The Drug Education Network is able to comment across a range of alcohol, tobacco and other drug areas. Contact 03 6211 2350 to arrange a time and interview
Northern Office Reopens
18 June 2012
The Northern Office has reopened at 72 Tamar St Launceston. There are two staff members (Christopher and Dominique) available to provide programs to the North and North West areas.
Launch of the Swim Safe Partnership
30 November 2011
Today Julia Fassina officially announced the launch of the Swim Safe Stay Sober program. This two-year project has been developed by Royal Life Saving following the large number of Tasmanian drownings during last year. The drownings included twelve males and three females, which occurred in a number of Tasmanian waterways. The majority of these deaths were related in some way to Alcohol and Other Drug use. Royal Life Saving and DEN will consult to provide a number of programs that increase public awareness of these issues and assist in the prevention of further deaths and accidents.
Changing Lives for 25 Years
21 September 2011
On Thursday 22nd September 2011, The Minister for Health, Michelle O’Byrne will officially launch the Drug Education Network’s (the DEN) 25th birthday celebrations at 1pm, Hobart, Tasmania. The mocktail event will celebrate the DEN’s success that initially started back in September 1986 as a 15 month venture between the Lions Clubs’ of Tasmania and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation of Tasmania, yet 25 years later it is still effectively providing a statewide education service to minimise the harm associated with drug use. Over the past 25 years, the DEN have established and maintained strong national networks in prevention, education, community development and youth health. “It is a tremendous privilege to have watched the DEN grow and evolve over the last 25 years, and I think our best years are still to come”. Commented State Manager and original founder David Daniels. The DEN operate multiple programs and events designed to spread evidence based drug and alcohol education to specific areas of the community. These projects cover topics such as safe partying, drug abuse in the workplace & school communities, as well as educating on the effects of alcohol on pregnancy, consent and older Tasmanian’s. One innovative program involves the sponsorship of sporting organisations, which includes frequent educational sessions as part of the club’s training schedule, along with an opportunity for brand awareness in an area where alcohol is widely used. Working with other service providers and local organisations, the DEN have much to be proud about, such as the recent international recognition for their Tune In Not Out project. “We continue to improve our service offering, investigating unique and contemporary ways to engage our target audience. We are particularly appreciative of the support we have received from our partners, funders and everyone we have worked with over the last 25 years.” said Mr Daniels. The DEN is a non-government organisation funded to deliver a range of universal and targeted health promotion, prevention, and early intervention programs to reduce the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use across Tasmania.