Alcohol management in indigenous north Australia: policies and responses

  • Professor Marcia Langton

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  • Project Details

    Alcohol is a major cause of social, legal and health concerns for Indigenous Australians. This has led to significant political involvement in the regulation of alcohol in communities where Australian Indigenous people live. Alcohol management plans have most recently been used as a central device for reducing alcohol-related harms, particularly in remote areas. Using mixed methods, this project aims to develop knowledge partnerships with Indigenous communities in three regions across northern Australia to build on understandings of how to respond to the harms of alcohol misuse more effectively, ensuring that alcohol is managed in ways that are relevant and useful to communities in a wide range of contexts.

    Program Name

    Alcohol Policy and Management

    Program Summary

    Alcohol is a major cause of social, legal and health concerns for Indigenous Australians. This has led to significant political involvement in the regulation of alcohol in communities where Australian Indigenous people live. Alcohol management plans have most recently been used as a central device for reducing alcohol-related harms,particularly in remote areas. Using mixed methods, this project aims to develop knowledge partnerships with Indigenous communities in three regions across northern Australia to build on understandings of how to respond to the harms of alcohol misuse more effectively, ensuring that alcohol is managed in ways that are relevant and useful to communities in a wide range of contexts.

    Researchers

    Professor Marcia Langton

    Professor John Mathews

    Ms Kristen Smith

    Dr Sarah Maclean (La Trobe University)

    Dr Rebecca Ritte

    Funding

    ARC Discovery Project Grant - Current

    Research Outcomes

    1. Smith, K., Langton, M., d'Abbs, P., Room, R., Chenhall, R., & Brown, A. 2013, Alcohol management plans and related reforms, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, Sydney, NSW, viewed,  http://www.indigenousjustice.gov.au/briefs/brief016.pdf;
    2. Smith, K., Langton, M., d'Abbs, P., Room, R., Chenhall, R., & Brown, A. 2014, Alcohol Management Plans, In E. Manton, R. Room, C. Giorgi, & M. Thorn (eds.), Stemming the tide of alcohol: Liquor licensing and the public interest,  Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in collaboration with The University of Melbourne, Canberra;
    3. Smith, K., Langton, M. & Chenhall, R. 2015, Alcohol policy and assemblages of intervention: Managing alcohol in Indigenous communities, Addiction 2015: Alcohol, Other Drugs, Behavioural Addictions:  Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 20 – 22 May 2015, pp. 101-114.

    Research Group

    Indigenous Studies Unit


    School Research Themes

    Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care



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    Department / Centre

    Centre for Health Equity

    Unit / Centre

    Indigenous Studies Unit


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