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Western Australia's first Action on Alcohol Awards, organised by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY), was presented at Curtin University on 7 November 2013; recognising work completed across the state to reduce alcohol harm in young people.
MCAAY Centre Director and Curtin University Professor Mike Daube praised the winners and finalists in the six categories. 'There is some remarkable work being done across the state to reduce alcohol harm in young people,' Professor Daube said. 'While there is rightly concern about drinking among young people, many organisations and individuals are working hard and selflessly on this massive community problem.'
Award winners were; Thomas Davies (Young People in Action), Dr Tina Lam and Samantha Menezes (joint winners, Community in Action - Individual), Local Drug Action Groups Inc (Community in Action - Organisation), Karl O'Callaghan (Government in Action), Angela Pownall and Beatrice Thomas (joint winners, Media in Action) and Maureen Carter (Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services, Fitzroy Crossing - Regional Communities in Action).
Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services is an Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation in the Fitzroy Valley. Nindilingarri has played a crucial role in work on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), particularly through the Lililwan Project which is critical to health service delivery as well as providing a model for planning of prevention of FASD in the Fitzroy Valley and across Australia.
Source: Curtin University
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