Midford, R., Wayte, K., Catalano, P., Gupta, R. and Chikritzhs, T., N. (2005). The Legacy of a Community Mobilisation Project to Reduce Alcohol Related Harm. Drug and Alcohol Review, 24, (1), pp. 3-11. [RJ432]
The Community Mobilisation for the Prevention of Alcohol Related Injury (COMPARI) project aimed to demonstrate how alcohol related harm could be reduced within the Geraldton community. Twenty-two major component activities were undertaken over three years. On completion of the demonstration phase the project evolved into the main alcohol and other drug service provider for the region. This research seeks to identify the legacy of COMPARI from interviews with community key informants and from serial measures of alcohol consumption and harm. Key informants indicated that the original whole community alcohol prevention focus of the project has been diluted. This is partly because of the broader service mandate. However, there is also more emphasis on individual prevention through education and training. A culture of intersectoral collaboration on alcohol issues has endured and this contributes to better use of resources and higher levels of treatment referral. Another legacy is increased community awareness of alcohol issues, which has translated into greater local input into responses. Finally, there was strong acknowledgement that the local project committee has been important in sustaining COMPARI. In this regard it was seen as both an integral component and enduring product of the project. These changes to the way Geraldton deals with local alcohol problems do seem to have translated into less consumption and harm. Local alcohol consumption has decreased, whilst increasing in the control community and in the non-metropolitan population of the state as a whole. A proxy measure of alcohol harm: weekend, night, hospital accident and emergency occasions of service also indicates better outcomes in Geraldton.
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