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The Kalgoorlie alcohol action project (KAAP) was a five year, whole community initiative that sought to create awareness about problematic alcohol use and mobilise the community to address the associated harms at a local level commencing in 2006. It was a partnership between the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University and the City of Kalgoorlie/Boulder in Western Australia.
The KAAP aimed to prevent problematic alcohol use and associated harms in a community which historically has had high levels of both. The project undertook an integrated range of local intervention strategies that have been derived from past research evidence. In order to increase local ownership, a menu approach was used where the community was involved in selecting the mix of interventions that were best suited to local circumstances. The project simultaneously conducted a range of strategies, including:
These strategies addressed the individual, social and structural determinants of alcohol consumption and harm at the community level.
Abstract adapted from the National Drug Research Institute
Professor Sherry Saggers
Professor and Project Leader
National Drug Research Institute
Curtin University of Technology
Ph: (08) 9266 1605
Fax: (08) 9266 1611
This report presents the results of a study which aimed to determine the effectiveness of past and existing alcohol restrictions applied throughout Australia. The study found that alcohol restrictions in Indigenous communities are effective but only where community consultation has occurred. The study also suggests that these restrictions should be complemented with measures to address the underlying causes of alcohol misuse. The report aims to provide practical guidance for Indigenous communities addressing alcohol related problems.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract