In the first quarter of this year, the AoA Team have been busy getting out of the office and meeting with communities and support services to offer assistance and advice in addressing alcohol-related problems.
Here’s what we’ve been up to…
- Working with Liquor Accord Groups to prevent and reduce alcohol-fuelled violence and increase safety for patrons as well as staff. Initiatives include developing community specific anti-violence t-shirts for Liquor Accord member’s bar staff. The AoA Team has also offered support to help Liquor Accord Groups apply for funding opportunities.
- Engaging with Safe Night Out Precincts Support Services in Queensland offering support and access to credible resources and information.
- Shifting social attitudes and developing social norms by promoting health and well-being in Queensland. Initiatives include working with Heart Foundation Walking Groups in Queensland to provide positive health and well-being t-shirts to Heart Foundation Walking group members and Fun Without Alcohol Facebook Competition (to name a few).
- Continuing to support a preventive health agenda and advocate for targeted policies and programs for people experiencing significant levels of alcohol-related harms including alcohol advertising and sponsorship reduction advocacy letter endorsed by Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol and sent to the Queensland Minister for Health.
- Providing alcohol education resources to service providers in Queensland. To name a few: private practice dietitians in Brisbane, Healthy Lifestyle Program Workers based in Hervey Bay and Triple P Parenting Program and Life Education facilitators in Queensland.
- Linking service providers with peer support workers or other relevant service providers in Queensland.
- Continuing with the Queensland Mental Health Commission Grant Project. Phase One of the project has now been completed. Phase One is to determine a culturally appropriate approach to reduce alcohol related harms, stigma and discrimination by consulting with the appropriate community leaders and members from the Vietnamese, Samoan and Sudanese communities via a ‘world café’ method.
- The white board animation for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol Community Capacity Building Project is nearly complete. The next stage of the project is to consult and collaborate with community leaders and stakeholders in Mackay, Cairns and Townsville to plan, implement and evaluate local community alcohol forums/workshops to identify issues and solutions to alcohol related concerns.
If you have any questions or would like any further information in regards to “what we have been up to”, please contact the Act on Alcohol Team. Our contact details can be found on our website: http://actonalcohol.org.au/contact-us/