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Riverina research project aiming to reduce alcohol related violence in Aboriginal communities

Date posted: 25 August 2015

Intervention programs to reduce alcohol related violence in Aboriginal communities are being developed in Griffith, Lake Cargelligo and Narrandera, in New South Wales, as part of a wider research project.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), at the University of New South Wales, is working with the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service, local police and health services to develop the initiatives.

The research began last year and will run until October 2016, when researchers hope to implement the findings in other communities.

Centre Research Officer, Mieke Snijder, says the two-year project aims to reduce the proportion of Aboriginal people experiencing alcohol related violence, hospital admissions and arrests.

'So firstly to find ways of working together with community efficiently to develop and implement interventions like this, but also to build on the evidence base for what works to improve the health and well being of Aboriginal communities,' she said.

Ms Snijder says a weekly basketball competition in Griffith for young people aged 12 to 18 years has proved to be very successful.

'They play basketball from 7pm until midnight to provide them with an alternative to drinking and at risk behaviours,' she said.

Ms Snijder hopes the information gained can be put to use in other Aboriginal communities.

'If we find that what we're doing in Griffith, Narrandera and Lake Cargelligo is effective we can run this out statewide in other communities and partner up with similar organisations in other communities statewide,' she said.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Last updated: 24 August 2015
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