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Screening and treatment of alcohol related trauma (START) brief interventions trial



This project introduced screening and brief interventions for high risk drinkers admitted to hospital with facial trauma. This study tested the effectiveness of a brief culturally adapted intervention for at-risk drinkers using a randomised controlled design. It was conducted over two years, from 2010 to 2012, in the Royal Darwin Hospital maxillofacial surgery unit, and funded by NT Department of Health and Families. 

The results of this project are expected to inform hospital-based treatment and secondary prevention of alcohol-related injury, not just in indigenous people in NT, but in other trauma treatment units throughout the world. This project will allow direct transfer of those findings to clinical practice.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research


Dr Rama Jayaraj
Chief Investigator

Associate Professor Tricia Nagel

Menzies School of Health Research
Darwin Offices
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Building 58
Royal Darwin Hospital
Tiwi NT 0810
20 Catterthun Street
Winnellie NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8196
Fax: (08) 8927 5187

Related publications

Jayaraj R, Thomas M, Kavanagh D, d’Abbs P, Mayo L, Thomson V, Griffin C, Nagel T (2012)

Study protocol: Screening and Treatment of Alcohol-Related Trauma (START) – a randomised controlled trial.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 371

Retrieved 29 October 2012 from


Last updated: 6 November 2014
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