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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Efforts to reduce alcohol-related violence meet with mixed success

Date posted: 9 March 2012

There are mixed results in efforts to increase school attendance and lower alcohol-related violence and hospital admissions in Indigenous communities in Queensland, according to the state Government's own report card. Liberal National Party of Queensland leader, Campbell Newman, yesterday suggested it may be time to consider winding back alcohol management plans, which are in place in 19 Indigenous communities in northern Queensland.

The alcohol management plans were introduced to break the link between alcohol and violence to encourage parents to 'get off the grog' and take their children to school. The Queensland Government's Highlights report for discrete Indigenous communities shows mixed success in the results in key indicators including hospital admission from assaults and school attendance.

There were very mixed rates of reduction in people being hospitalised from assaults, and an increase in school attendance over less than half of communities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Curtis Pitt said results showed improvements were beginning. Premier Anna Bligh, whose predecessor Peter Beattie introduced the legislation in 2002, also stated that results were only now beginning to be observed and it would be 'terrible news' for Indigenous children if the laws were wound back.

Source: Brisbane Times


Premier Anna Bligh
Ph: (07) 3255 3615
Fax: (07) 3255 3627

Minister Curtis Pitt
Ph: (07) 4056 3175
Fax: (07) 4056 3340

Liberal National Party of Queensland leader Campbell Newman
Ph: (07) 3844 0666


Last updated: 9 March 2012
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