Family-based approaches to reduce alcohol-related harms among Indigenous Australians

Calabria, Bianca, Clifford, Anton, Shakeshaft, Anthony P., Doran, Chris M., Allan, Julaine, Rose, Miranda, and Tsey, Komla (2010) Family-based approaches to reduce alcohol-related harms among Indigenous Australians. In: Drug and Alcohol Review: Special Issue: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2010 Abstracts (29), p. 10. From: APSAD 2010: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference 2010, 28 November - 1 December 2010, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Abstract

Indigenous Australians experience a disproportionately high burden of alcohol-related harm, relative to non-Indigenous Australians. These alcohol-related harms are typically cumulative, extending beyond the individual to the family and community. The number of Indigenous-specific intervention programs to address these harms appears less than optimal, and there have been few rigorous evaluations of alcohol interventions for Indigenous Australians. There is evidence from empirical studies that family-based approaches can be effective for reducing alcohol-related harms among high-risk drinkers, and the negative effects of alcohol misuse on their family members. Family relationships have always been vital to the cohesion and wellbeing of Indigenous communities. What happens at the family level shapes the wellbeing of individuals and the social functioning of Indigenous Australian communities. The potential strength of relationships between Indigenous individuals, their families, and their communities suggests that family–based approaches are likely to be appropriate and effective for reducing alcohol related-harm among Indigenous Australians. This paper will describe the components of a family-based intervention approach with great potential to reduce alcohol-related harm among Indigenous Australians, and a process for tailoring the intervention for routine delivery by a rural Indigenous community-based health service in partnership with a specialist drug and alcohol treatment agency.

Item ID: 15574
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: Indigenous Australians, alcohol, family-based
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Calabria, Bianca, Clifford, Anton, Shakeshaft, Anthony P., Doran, Chris M., Allan, Julaine, Rose, Miranda, and Tsey, Komla (2010) Family-based approaches to reduce alcohol-related harms among Indigenous Australians. Drug and Alcohol Review 29(Supplement S1: Special Issue: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2010 Abstracts): 10. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00261.x

ISSN: 1465-3362
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2011 00:35
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 40%
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