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A Summit on alcohol policy and its impact on Aboriginal people and communities was held on the 30 to 31 July 2013 in Alice Springs, sponsored by the Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT).
The Summit was attended by around 100 people and heard from a number of speakers from Aboriginal communities and organisations across the Territory as well as expert speakers.
Delegates agreed that there was an urgent need for action and better evidence to address alcohol related harm both in Alice Springs, and across the NT. All delegates of the Summit were concerned about the children's future and the need to act now.
A number of priority areas for action were identified including:
The Summit delegates endorsed the APO NT's call for a Board of Inquiry, and the proposed Terms of Reference framed to provide the data and evidence that is needed to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based blueprint for tackling alcohol harm. These will provide for the development of recommendations that include effective alcohol supply controls as well as strong preventative and early intervention measures that address harm minimisation and the need to reduce the demand for alcohol consumption.
APO NT will be producing a full report on the Summit outcomes.
Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
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