Funding aids alcohol and drug prevention
‘Communities That Care Alpine’ launches with a $10,000 boost
A COMMUNITY-owned and operated group has received $10,000 to prevent harm from alcohol and other drugs in young people in Alpine Shire.
Communities That Care Alpine (CTCA) is one of 40 groups to be included in the second round of the Federal Government’s and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program.
The team will officially be launched at Alpine Health in Myrtleford today at 1pm, along with the Communities That Care Alpine action plan.
CTCA coordinator and Alpine Health health promotion officer Lisa Neville said the action plan has been developed in recent years with strong community support.
“One area of focus is reducing adolescent alcohol use,” she said.
“The CTCA community action plan provides support for adolescents, families and their community to make better informed choices about adolescent alcohol use.”
The focus on adolescent alcohol use has come about because of findings from a Communities That Care youth survey conducted in 2015 across schools in the Alpine Shire.
The results showed that more than 10 per cent of year five and 30 per cent of year six students have tried alcohol.
The figures increased with age - with 65pc of year nine students having tried alcohol and many reporting regular drinking and binge drinking.
“CTCA are addressing this issue because they are committed to their vision ‘strengthening our community foundations; building for the future’ and using evidence-based interventions to address a range of factors, including alcohol, which may limit a young person’s development,” Ms Neville said.
“Current National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines recommend that for optimal development and health, people under the age of 18 years should avoid alcohol.
“Data like the youth survey report shows us that there a gap in understanding of the immediate and long term effects that alcohol has, especially on the developing brains and bodies of young people.
“Also that parents and young people may need support around strategies and information to help families make better informed choices, have discussions and set expectations around alcohol use.”
Ms Neville said the new initiative was a real opportunity for the Alpine Shire community to come together and change the way we think about alcohol.
For more information about the CTCA LDAT you can contact Lisa Neville at Alpine Health on 5755 0132 or email lisa.neville@ alpinehealth.org.au.