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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Program

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Program

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program (AToDP) was launched in May 2002 with the ADF Mental Health Strategy.  The ADF Alcohol Management Strategy (ADFAMS) was first released in 2014, and has been extended to 2020.

Placement of the AToDP within Joint Health Command demonstrates recognition by the ADF that Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) use is a health issue, requiring a health response. That said there are also administrative and or punitive aspects that may arise from AOD use (i.e. reduction in rank, termination and/or civilian legal charges).  These processes do not fall under the Health umbrella but rather under Personnel Policy Management.

As part of the ADF Centre for Mental Health (ADFCMH), the AToDP offers exceptional, evidence based, comprehensive services to Defence members and the Defence health work force. 

Defence Member Mental Health Wellbeing and Enhancement:  The AToDP designs, commissions and delivers evidence-based programs and initiatives to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of Defence members.

Defence Health Workforce Skilling:  The AToDP designs, commissions and delivers evidence-based programs and initiatives to enhance the mental health knowledge of the health workforce.

Consultancy:  The AToDP provides subject matter expertise (SME) to the mental health workforce, command and external entities; along with information and assistance to those seeking military mental health SME support.

Strategic Engagement:  The AToDP team, as part of the ADFCMH, strategically engages with national and international SMEs in order to enhance the services provided to Defence members, the Defence health workforce, command and external entities.

Program Offering

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Training

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Mandatory Annual Awareness Training is designed for all ADF members and provides an overview of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) related issues and policy.

Keep Your Mate Safe (KYMS) – Low Risk Drinking

KYMS – Low Risk Drinking is an interactive workshop aimed at increasing members’ knowledge on the effects of alcohol.  It includes practical strategies for harm minimisation.

On Target – Harm Minimisation Program

The On Target - Harm Minimisation Program (OT-HMP), previously known as the Outpatient Alcohol Treatment Program (OATP), was revised in 2017, and renamed to be reflective of its revised content.  The OT-HMP provides psychosocial education and outpatient treatment to ADF members who present with sub-clinical or clinical levels of alcohol misuse; and psychoeducation to members about other substances.  It focuses on cognitive, behavioural and affective change, which may assist participants in addressing their substance misuse, increasing resilience to stress and improving overall functioning.

Bespoke program requests

The ADFCMH would be delighted to discuss your cohort’s program needs.  Please get in touch via the ADFCMH Programs Team inbox - adfcmh.programs@defence.gov.au.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Program - Resources

30 April, 2020