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.

AAIs 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

AAI 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 AAI 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. 

Borroloola young men’s “Wise-up” camp

 With the assistance of Alcohol Action funding, the Borroloola Men’s Group, Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health teams, School staff and Mabunji Aboriginal Corporation worked together to hold a Young Men's Wise Up Camp to help troubled young men in their community.

The purpose of the camp was to educate and support the young men about a range of current issues including alcohol and drugs, respect for family, self, community, elders and others, different types of abuse, neglect, child abuse, verbal abuse and family issues. It also provided a chance for discussion about the importance of culture, ceremony, boundaries, leadership, goals, employment and other potential projects, programs and opportunities.

Ceremony songs and dream time stories were performed, and the group participated in the clearing of the track for the upcoming journey West. The journey is a cultural tradition which involves the whole family taking a five day cross country walk. It has not been undertaken for some time but the men feel a strong connection to their land and culture and want to continue the traditional journey to teach the younger generation about the song lines and caring for country.

Milikapiti AOD Diversion Bike Building Project

Just in time for the June Bush Holidays on Melville Island, kids from Milikapiti community got a nice surprise when 16 bikes were built for them by community members participating in an Alcohol Reference Group Bike Building Workshop at Milikapiti Men’s Centre. The project aims to promote healthy lifestyles in the community through the recycling of strong, reliable, low maintenance ‘Bush Bikes’ that perform well in bush conditions. The workshop was collaboratively supported by the Milikapiti Alcohol Reference Group, The Milikapiti Health Clinic, Tiwi Islands Training and Education Board and Chief Bike Mechanic, Brian Dalliston, of Deadly Treadlies Darwin. 

At the start of the program, 16 bike frames, 32 wheels, and a lot of bike parts arrived by barge in preparation for the big ‘build up’. After five days of hard work, the bikes were passed fit and ready for the next stage of their journey. At a small handover ceremony, Connell Tipoloura, chairman of the Milikapiti Alcohol Reference Group handed over the bikes to the Milikapiti Recreation Centre to be used by children as an after school activity. The young men involved in the program gained useful skills in maintaining and repairing bikes they had built ‘from the ground up’.

By all reports, the kids on Bush Holiday gave them a really good work out!

Contacts

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

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Last updated: 05 January 2018