Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform

committed to preventing tragedy that arises from illicit drug use

Making it Happen:

Impact of Drug Policy on the implementation of the Canberra Social Plan

Wednesday 23rd June, 2004

5.00pm 7.00pm

in the Reception Room, the Legislative Assembly

Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra

Sponsored by Jon Stanhope, ACT Chief Minister

Chair: David McDonald, Consultant, Social Research and Evaluation

Panel Members:

Prof Ian Webster: Physician, Emeritus Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health

Assoc Prof Dr Michael Levy: Director, Centre of Health Research in Criminal Justice (Corrections Health Service)

Meredith Hunter: Executive Officer, Youth Coalition of the ACT

Basil Varghese: Education Co-ordinator/Ambassador, The Brotherhood of  St Laurence

This forum looked at the Canberra Social Plan from the perspective of drugs. It discussed the extent to which drug policy impacted on the achievement of the goals of the plan regarding children, education, homelessness, mental health, community safety and other social problem areas. An objective of the forum was to discuss ways to help make the Canberra Social Plan happen.