CAMS in full support of Minister's new drug education plan
The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) welcomes and fully supports the Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis' initiative to introduce a sport-wide Education and Prevention Action Plan to tackle illicit drug use in sport and the broader community.
The Minister's plan will help sports tackle illicit drug use and also, for the first time, implement a national coordinated approach to use positive sport role models to educate the community, particularly kids, about the harms associated with illicit drug use.
With over 45,000 members, all of whom are involved in motoring and motor sport, CAMS is acutely aware that early detection is paramount in the health of participants and is especially concerned that the appropriate measures be taken to prevent drivers from participating if they are not fit to drive.
"The Government's action plan will be enthusiastically embraced by CAMS and we have already commenced work with the Minister's Department to optimise the benefits for motor sport and to make the sport even safer for participants," said CAMS CEO Graham Fountain.
Under the Government's $20.1 million Action Plan:
Professional and non-professional sports will have access to Government funded education programs targeted at elite athletes, coaches and sport administrators.
Sport role models will help deliver community education and prevention initiatives about the harms associated with illicit drug use at a community level.
National Sporting Organisations can apply to the Australian Government to help conduct out of competition testing for illicit drugs and result management.
An evidence base will be developed through ongoing research.
In announcing the plan, the Government acknowledged the work of sporting bodies such as the NRL, Cricket Australia and AFL in establishing policies to respond to illicit drug use by athletes. CAMS is committed to reviewing and improving its own illicit drug policy with the view of joining this high calibre group of sporting organisations and being seen as an active leader in the pursuit to stamp out illicit drug use in motor sport and sport in general.