Alcohol action initiatives

Since early 2016, the focus of work with remote communities has been the development of Alcohol Action Initiatives (AAIs), which are community driven projects that develop local solutions and practical actions.

The AAI program provides short term funding to support community action to minimise the harm caused by the consumption of alcohol through supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.

Funding is available to communities that have participated in alcohol management planning processes.

AAIs can be as large or as small as a community wants, and are agreed to at the community level through local governance processes.

Alcohol action initiatives are designed to

  • Reduce alcohol harms in the community and address one or more of the following:
    • Supply reduction: reducing alcohol consumption and related harm by managing the availability, accessibility and convenience of alcohol supply.
    • Demand reduction: - changing individual attitudes, personal knowledge and behaviours to drinking alcohol and changing the community’s tolerance of irresponsible and risky drinking.
    • Harm reduction: - reducing harms to individuals and the community through influencing safe drinking choices and drinking environments and providing interventions that prevent further harms.
  • Improve community safety and wellbeing of individuals, children, families and communities
  • Improve school attendance
  • Support community capacity building and  enable communities to own and drive their AAI
  • Support leadership and governance of the AAI on the ground in the community

Alcohol action initiatives (AAIs) examples

Example for youth’s AAIs

  • Ali Curung Youth Leadership and Development
  • Alice Springs Youth Substance Misuse Program
  • Alpurrurulum, Elliott and Ali Curung School Holiday Programs
  • Borroloola Young Men’s ‘Wise-up’ camp
  • Jilkminggan Youth Voices, Reducing alcohol harm Smartphone messaging
  • Kakadu AOD education project Djibdjibdji College
  • Karslake Youth Culture camp
  • Maningrida Cultural Engagement and Diversion Youth activities
  • Pirlangimpi Fathers and Sons Bike Project
  • Tennant Creek Youth Diversion Pilot

Example for women’s AAIs

  • Ali Curung Safe House upgrade
  • All of  NT women’s foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) forum
  • Borroloola Sports Equipment
  • Elliott Early Intervention programs
  • Katherine District Women and alcohol workshops
  • Lajamanu Strong Women’s group workshops
  • Naiuyu Daddirri Deep Inner Listening AOD Workshops for Women
  • Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Gunyangara Safe Strong Sober Program
  • Palumpa Women’s Centre Dilly Bag and Healing Project
  • Yuendumu and Yuelumu AOD Women Leaders

Example for men’s AAIs

  • Borroloola Men’s Shed Project
  • Elliott Men’s Shed Project
  • Kakadu Stronger Fathers Group
  • Lajamanu Strong Men’s Health Workshops
  • Maningrida Expansion Strong Safe and Sober program
  • Naiuyu Men’s Health and Men’s Shed Firepit
  • Nhulunbuy AOD Diversion
  • Wugularr, Barunga, Jilkminggan Strong Bala Healthy Bala
  • Wurramiyanga Men’s Shed Construction Project
  • Yuendumu and Yuelumu AOD Male Leaders

Example for community AAIs

  • Borroloola Grief, Loss and Trauma Training
  • Lajamanu Supporting Safe Families
  • Laramba AOD Education and Awareness program
  • Ngukurr Sport and Recreation AOD Diversion
  • Ti Tree AOD Education and Awareness program
  • Tiwi Islands ‘Tour de Tiwis’ Bike Race
  • Wadeye TV-Alcohol and Safety commercials
  • Wugularr Sports Equipment AOD Diversion
  • Yirrkala and Gove Peninsula Yolgnu –social media for school attendance

Highlighted alcohol action initiatives projects

Tijikala Indigenous leadership training project

In April 2017, the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) held a training course for 15 Aboriginal men and women from the remote community of Titjikala in Central Australia.

The participants were drawn from Night Patrol, aged care and youth services.

The two day training course covered topics, meeting procedures, managing conflict, communications and governance. The main outcome of the training was for participants to build an appreciation and understanding of the qualities, behaviours and attitudes required for upcoming leaders in the community.

As a result of the training, an Aboriginal woman from the community has decided to pursue a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership through AILC with other community members considering undertaking the study as well.

This is a fantastic result for Titjikala, a community known for its engagement, culture and artistic innovation.

Community Harmony Areas

The Tiwi Islands Pirlangimpi Community Harmony Areas AAI project was identified and developed by members of their Alcohol Reference Group. This alcohol demand reduction activity created meaningful employment and professional development opportunities for local community members, along with a greater sense of community pride. The Community Harmony Areas are used for celebrating Mother’s Day, Territory Day and other alcohol-free community events.

The project of three community barbecue areas was constructed by 22 Community Development Programme (CDP) workers who over 11 weeks achieved a Certificate II in Construction from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The Pirlangimpi Alcohol Reference Group, Department of Business, Tiwi Island Training and Education Board (TITEB), Pirlangimpi ALPA Store, Tiwi Island Regional Council, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and the wider community all worked together for this project. These activities caught the attention of other communities in the Tiwi Islands, who are keen to develop and deliver their own AAIs.

Great Borroloola Cattle Workshop

Read about the project on the Roper Gulf Regional Council website.

Contacts

For more information about AAIs email AAISystems.DoH@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 09 May 2018