Survey of the attitudes of Aboriginal town campers to the Alice Springs liquor licensing restrictions

  • Research program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: March 2003
  • Expected end date: May 2003
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: Central Australian Division of Primary Health Care
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Additional restrictions on the availability of alcohol in Alice Springs were introdcued on a trial basis in April 2003. An telephone-based evaluation of the restrictions was undertaken by the NT Department of Health. The use of the phone survey exclude participation by Aboriginal residents of Alice's 18 'town camps'. To address this, Tangentyre Council - major service delivery agency for the camps - initiated a survey of the atttitudes of town camp residents to the restrictions. This was conducted as research capacity building project in which NDRI staff provided training to Tangentyere Council staff. A report on the survey found that the majority of people in the camps were in favour of continuing or strengthening the restrictions. This report was presented to the Licensing Commission and contributed to its decision to continue the restrictions (albeit in modified form).

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Jane Vadivelloo, Tangentyere Council
  • Co-investigator: John Wakerman, Centre for Remote Health
  • Co-investigator: Juanita Sherwood, University of Technology Sydney

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

Gray, D. (2003). Review of the 'Summary Evaluation of the Alice Springs Liquor Trial': A report to Tangentyere Council and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association Newsletter, (35). pp. 14-29. [UJ121] Download PDF