Alcohol Management Plans in indigenous Australia

Project Details

Alcohol Management Plans (AMP) have become an important Australian government policy response to the harms caused by alcohol in Australian communities. Indigenous communities have been central to the development of AMPs, being first developed and implemented in many communities throughout northern Australia. However, there has been very little research associated with documenting the effectiveness of the AMP approach, nor has there been research into the appropriate implementation and evaluation frameworks necessary for such an approach to be evidence-based.

Program Name

Alcohol policy and management

Project Summary

This project is an in-depth case study focusing on the Jilkminggan Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. The research project seeks to understand 'best practices' in the implementation and evaluation of AMPs in community contexts.  Research in such community contexts is essential to understanding appropriate frameworks for the development of AMP implementation strategies.


Professor Marcia Langton

Professor Peter d'Abbs (Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne, Menzies School of Health Research)

A/Professor Richard Chenhall

Ms Kristen Smith


Lowitja Institute Project Grant - Not 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,; 
  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

Key Contact

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

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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