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The Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra Island alcohol management system is an innovative program, developed at the request of the Aboriginal communities and through partnerships with industry, local agencies and licensing authorities.
Every person in the region (no matter what their skin colour) requires a permit to buy takeaway alcohol. Anyone who is involved in alcohol related offences, or supplies alcohol to someone without a permit, loses that right to purchase takeaways.
The Anindilyakwa Land Council approached the University of Sydney for an independent evaluation of this program. Those interviewed, reported that it has resulted in marked improvements in quality of life.
Abstract adapted from Discipline of Addiction Medicine, Sydney University
Indigenous substance misuse programs
Central Clinical School
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
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