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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Halls Creek benefits from alcohol restrictions; new health worker positions

The Drug and Alcohol Office has released a report on 8 December 2011, on the impact of liquor restrictions in Halls Creek, Western Australia. The report details the benefits from the ban on takeaway sales of mid and full-strength alcohol, such as significant decreases in drink driving, related assaults, police call-outs, and alcohol-related hospitalisations. There was also a 70% drop in the number of presentations at the Halls Creek sobering up centre in the first year, and a similar decline in the second year, since the restrictions were introduced in Halls Creek more than two years ago.

Liquor Licensing Director Barry Sargeant introduced the ban in May of 2009, after Aboriginal elders lobbied politicians over alcohol-related violence. The positive outcomes have resulted in the sobering up centre now being used as an alcohol and other drug services hub, to educate and provide services for the community. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton also announced five new alcohol and other drug worker positions in Halls Creek in order to provide further support.

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Minister for Mental Health and Disability Services' office
Ph: (08) 9213 7250

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Last updated: 9 December 2011
 
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