LDAT Community Programs

IndianCare has a long history of working to prevent harmful alcohol consumption in the Indian community in Victoria with the support of The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (adf).

Connecting Diversity Alcohol Harm Reduction Program(2017 to 2019)

Funded by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (2017 to 2019), This project commenced with in-depth research on the drivers and alcohol drinking habits of Indian origin people in Victoria through focus groups and interviews. Thereafter actions to address the issue included community engagement workshops, large scale awareness raising events reaching over 1300 people, production of 3 co-designed alcohol awareness videos (available in 5 Indian languages), production of a resource guide on Multicultural Community Engagement for preventing alcohol harms.


  • Finalist in the 2019 ADF Prevention Practice awards
  • Finalist in the 2019 VicHealth awards

Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Programs

IndianCare successfully implemented 2 LDAT projects – the Western LDAT (WAAT) and South East Action Team (SEAT), in 2019- 2020. These evidence-informed, preventative, community-led programs are a collaboration of 10 partners, led by IndianCare, that co-designed and implemented Community Action Plans tailored to the local area needs. Partners included Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) and Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre (SMRC). Our community partners were Club 60 Seniors group, Brothers and Sisters Foundation, SEWA, Indian Senior Citizen Association of Casey (ISCAC), Wyndham Social Cricket League and Bellfield Cricket Club.

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The Western Alcohol Action Team (WAAT) aims to assist the South Asian communities in western Melbourne to be strong, connected, and healthy. WAAT works with the community to decrease the risk and strengthen protective factors against the harmful consumption of alcohol and build resilience, especially during the COVID times.

This newly proposed activity will have positive outcomes by delivering yoga and conversational English sessions. Earlier, a similar activity conducted by the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) was appreciated by the community and had a positive impact on the lives of many Indian seniors

A series of 8 face-to-face weekly sessions are being organised at Penrose Community Centre from 15 April 2021 to 03 June 2021 for 15 Indian migrants. These weekly sessions are held on Thursdays from 12 pm to 2 pm. These classes will provide a platform for Indian migrants to practice their conversational English skills with their peers in a supportive environment. The yoga classes aim to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.

The sessions are facilitated by the Art of Living instructor.
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Thank you ADF for your financial support of this program.


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Alcohol Awareness Video Links

Media reports

Alcohol and Drug Foundation and various media published the following articles in 2020
on IndianCare’s Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) programs


ADF Newsletter : Camp day out for Australian-Indian senior citizens

The Indian Sun : Outdoor adventures for local senior citizens

Wyndham Star Weekly : Help is close at hand