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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Drinking in the suburbs: the experiences of Aboriginal young people

Project Team

Chief Investigator:

Dr Mandy Wilson, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Co-investigators:

Dr Julia Butt, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Professor Dennis Gray, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Associate Professor Edward Wilkes, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Dena Gower, Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Community Group (Southcare)

Project

The overall aims of this proposal are to collect current data on alcohol use and drinking behaviour among young Aboriginal people in suburban Perth, Western Australia.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

1.Describe the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption, frequency of ‘binge’ drinking, contexts of drinking behaviour, and understandings of alcohol-related harms and ‘problem’ drinking among Aboriginal young people in the Canning District.

2.Describe the current knowledge, and perceptions of, alcohol related health promotion activities for Aboriginal young people in the Queens Park and Canning Districts among Aboriginal young people. To identify gaps in health promotion resources and activities targeting this population, and explore the opportunities young Aboriginal people see for meaningful health promotion around ‘binge’ drinking.

The quantifiable outcomes of this research will include:

•A report providing a description of drinking behaviours, contexts and consequences of alcohol use among a group of high risk Aboriginal young people;

•A description of young Aboriginal people’s attitudes towards health promotion resources and their ideas on how to improve the relevance and appropriateness of health promotion resources targeting this population.

Publications

Wilson, M., Butt, J., Gower, D., Wilkes, E.T., Gray, D. and Howe, N. (2013). Drinking in the suburbs: The experiences of Aboriginal young people. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. [R267] Paper Abstract