Funds for campaign
A campaign to increase awareness of alcohol and drug problems has received a funding boost after showing promising results since its launch in 2012.
The State Government will inject $890,000 into the Strong Spirit, Strong Mind campaign designed to prevent or delay young indigenous people taking up alcohol and drug habits.
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said 83 per cent of indigenous people were more aware of the harm caused by drugs and alcohol after taking part in the campaign.
She said the campaign had long-term potential to reduce the incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Aboriginal communities.
The campaign uses social media to enable young Aboriginal people to talk about the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug use. A van visits community events providing free wi-fi, hot drinks and a place to find information on local support services.