Drink driving among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: what has been done and where to next?

Fitts, Michelle S., Burchill, Richard, Wilson, Scott, Palk, Gavan R., Clough, Alan R., Conigrave, Katherine M., Slade, Tim, Shakeshaft, Anthony, and Lee, K.S. Kylie (2022) Drink driving among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: what has been done and where to next? Drug and Alcohol Review, 41 (6). pp. 1412-1417.

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Abstract

The Australian Government will set the direction for addressing road safety over the next decade with its 2021–2030 National Road Safety Strategy. This road map will detail objectives and goals agreed upon by all Australian states and territories. Similar to previous national strategies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians are a high priority population. Indigenous Australians are over-represented in serious injury and fatal road crashes, with alcohol a leading factor. Therapeutic and educational programs are a major strategy among the suite of measures designed to reduce and prevent drink driving in Australia. The release of this new strategy provides a timely opportunity to reflect on what is known about drink driving among Indigenous Australians and to consider the suitability of existing therapeutic and educational drink driving programs for Indigenous Australian contexts. Here, we summarise factors that contribute to drink driving in this population and identify outstanding knowledge gaps. Then, we present an overview of drink driving programs available for Indigenous Australians along with suggestions for why tailored programs are needed to suit local contexts. The response to address drink driving among Indigenous Australians has been fragmented Australia-wide. A coordinated national response, with ongoing monitoring and evaluation, would improve policy effectiveness and inform more efficient allocation of resources. Together this information can help create suitable and effective drink driving programs for Indigenous drivers and communities Australia-wide.

Item ID: 72944
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1465-3362
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, alcohol, drink driving, Indigenous, remedial program
Copyright Information: © 2021 The Authors.Drug and Alcohol Reviewpublished by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: ARC 210100639, NHMRC 1117198, NHMRC 1105339, NHMRC 1117582
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 00:14
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4504 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing > 450407 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy @ 100%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community > 450508 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander criminology @ 0%
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