It is important that we show respect to the Traditional Owners of this land. Earlier this month Australians celebrated NAIDOC week which appreciates the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australians. Each year a different city is selected to be the host of the event. Darwin was the host city of 2016, leading the way for the celebration with uplifting events and activities for the whole community.
An exciting collaborative project between the University of Sydney and South Australia’s Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (ADAC) commenced in the lead up to NAIDOC week. The ipad and tablet app ‘Grog Survey’ is now available through the Inala Indigenous Health Service for Queensland trials. The aim is to have a method of retrieving accurate and reliable data to aid community efforts, and reduce alcohol misuse and harm.
Spokesperson Scott William from the ADAC explained that most accurate data available was from the National Drug Strategy Household Surveys. However, he outlined that these ‘household’ surveys are exclusive of institutions, hostels and people living without a home. Additionally, non-English speaking individuals are not included in the research. The goal of the Grog Survey is to use outreach workers and volunteers from selected health services to reach these people. It also includes an Indigenous language “Pitjantjatjara” as a start to assessing people of whom English was not the preferred language.
This is a chance for services such as Act on Alcohol to tap into the data collection and contribute to a holistic approach of encouraging community action towards alcohol harm reduction.
ABC news. Available from: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-21/grog-survey-app-trial-sa-qld-aim-to-curb-alcohol-addiction/7528936
SBS news: Available from: http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/07/01/fighting-alcohol-abuse-new-app-aims-help-drinkers
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2013