Alcohol Management Plans in Aboriginal Communities: An ethnographic study

Project Details

There is overwhelming evidence that harmful levels of alcohol consumption by Aboriginal people are related to violence, crime, injury and ill health. Alcohol has long been a focus of national Aboriginal policy with various policy responses. However, current levels of Aboriginal alcohol consumption and alcohol-associated harm remain extreme, by any comparative standard. This research aims to provide a sound basis for future development of AMPs by communities and government agencies and enhance their potential as vehicles for: (a) pathways for community participation in the design, implementation and evaluation of AMPs; and (b) building the capacity of community leaders to establish specific goals to limit the harms caused by alcohol consumption.  Additionally, this research aims to provide a strong evidence base that can be used to inform State, Territory and Federal policy. This will form the basis of a case study that will specify best practice approach to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of AMPs within community contexts.

Program Name

Alcohol policy and management

Project Summary

This project seeks to develop an evidence base for Alcohol Management Plans (AMP) as an appropriate policy framework to respond to the harms associated with alcohol misuse in Aboriginal communities. Through an in-depth case study within a remote Indigenous community in northern Australia, this research also seeks to understand ‘best practices’ in the implementation and evaluation of AMPs in community contexts.


Professor Marcia Langton

A/Professor Richard Chenhall

Ms Kristen Smith


Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education Research Grant - Current

Research Group

Indigenous Studies Unit

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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