Drug and Alcohol Strategic Senior Officers’ Group

The Mental Health Commission chairs the Drug and Alcohol Strategic Senior Officers’ Group (DASSOG). The purpose of DASSOG is to provide a whole-of-government approach to addressing alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues within Western Australia.

DASSOG consists of senior representatives from the main human and social service State Government departments including:

  • Mental Health Commission (Chair)
  • Department of Communities
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Road Safety Commission
  • School Curriculum and Standards Authority
  • Western Australia Police Force

DASSOG is guided by the Western Australian Alcohol and Drug Interagency Strategy 2018-2022 (WAADIS), which aims to provide a broad strategic framework for addressing issues relating to AOD use in Western Australia.

Reducing the supply, demand and harm arising from AOD use is complex and requires multi-agency and coordinated joint action. As such, DASSOG’s Terms of Reference have been expanded to include other relevant areas:

  • the Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP) and the MAP Full Response; and
  • the monitoring and reporting of action on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) across Government agencies, with an emphasis on prevention and with consideration of the relationship to the Our Priorities Targets and Aboriginal Youth Suicide.

In addition, a DASSOG Data Sub-Group has been formed, to provide DASSOG agencies with up-to-date data across a range of AOD indicators to assist with their coordinated decision making and advice to Government.

Each year, relevant DASSOG agencies report back on their previous year’s activity through Agency Support Plans (ASP) for both the WAADIS and MAP. These ASPs outline important AOD initiatives undertaken by agencies against Key Priority Areas. The first ASP will report on activity undertaken in 2019, and a summary will be provided once available.

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