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Date posted: 24 June 2014
Researchers from James Cook University (JCU) in north Queensland are hoping a study will give authorities new data on how Alcohol management plans (AMPs) affect injury rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Queensland Government is reviewing the 19 plans that are in place across the state, including Palm Island in the north and Cherbourg in the south.
JCU Researcher, Dr Caryn West, says the study will also look at the long-term effects of alcohol-related injuries on the families and the community. 'It shifts the focus from problem-based solution to a strength-based solution, so it recognises people have strengths and not just deficits and it doesn't ignore the problem but how people cope with the problems they have and that's an important key thing,' she said.
Dr West says there is little data on the impact AMPs are having on Indigenous people. 'We don't definitely [know] what those effects are and how they can impact on policy,' she said.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation