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Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities: Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Posted on: 13 July, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 3, July 2015 – September 2015
Related to Health measurement Health services Policies Alcohol use Social issues

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs (2015)
Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities: Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Canberra: Parliament of Australia

This publication reports on an inquiry conducted by the Australian Government into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The terms of reference for the inquiry included:

  • patterns of supply of, and demand for alcohol in different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, age groups and genders
  • the social and economic determinants of harmful alcohol use across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • trends and prevalence of alcohol related harm, including alcohol-fuelled violence and impacts on newborns e.g. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
  • the implications of FAS and FASD being declared disabilities
  • best practice treatments and support for minimising alcohol misuse and alcohol-related harm
  • best practice strategies to minimise alcohol misuse and alcohol-related harm
  • best practice identification to include international and domestic comparisons.

The report outlines a number of recommendations to address the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Abstract adapted from House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs

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