Researchers from James Cook University in north Queensland are hoping a study will give authorities new data on how alcohol management plans (AMPs) affect injury rates in Indigenous communities
The Queensland Government is reviewing the 19 plans that are in place across the state, including Palm Island in the north and Cherbourg in the south.
JCU researcher Dr Caryn West says the study will also look at the long-term effects of alcohol-related injuries on the families and the community.
“It shifts the focus from problem-based solution to a strength-based solution, so it recognises people have strengths and not just deficits and it doesn’t ignore the problem but how people cope with the problems they have and that’s an important key thing,” she said.
She says there is little data on the impact alcohol management plans are having on Indigenous people.
“We don’t definitely [know] what those effects are and how they can impact on policy,” she said.
“Really it’s quite vital that a well structured program of research looks into injury and injury rates – not only for this Government with alcohol management plans under review but for future governments who may purpose different management type systems.”