Substance Misuse Limestone Coast (SMLC) is a dedicated group of Limestone Coast professionals working to address the problem of alcohol and other drug misuse (AOD) and bridge the gaps in training and support across the region.

Over the last five years, we have built strong relationships with South Australian Network of Drug & Alcohol Services (SANDAS), the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF), SAPOL and the Limestone Coast’s seven councils.

Our early work focused on research by the Parliament of Victoria 2014 inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamine and in the subsequent Parliament of Victoria 2015 Ice Action Plan.  These reports make it clear that effective responses to substance use in rural and regional areas require tailored interventions that take into account the specific, evidence-based needs of the community.

While these issues and responses are complex, SMLC’s objectives match key elements of the Victorian Ice Action Plan and the current South Australian Alcohol & other Drug Strategy.

We support regional secondary schools to utilise the Climate Schools program, thus embedding evidence informed and sustainable AOD education into our next generation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Climate Schools educational resource is free for secondary schools to utilise.
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SMLC is also continuing our work in establishing community partnerships in regional townships to reduce isolation and loneliness for vulnerable people, thereby reducing the uptake of alcohol and other drug use.

SMLC also provides training and support for agencies and families, leading training opportunities for front line professionals. SMLC also provides training and education for families who are impacted by substance misuse.

Over the long-term, our vision is to develop a community-based collaborative model to suit the complex needs of our region.