Impacts of Banned Drinkers Register re-introduction in Northern Territory

  • Research program: Alcohol policy and strategies
  • Project status: Current
  • Start date: October 2019
  • Expected end date: June 2023
  • Completion date:
  • Funded by: ARC Linkage
  • Lead organisation: Deakin University

This project aims to investigate the impacts of the re-introduction of the Banned Drinker Register in the Northern Territory, where rates of alcohol-related harm are more than twenty times that seen in other Australian states.

An interdisciplinary team will use qualitative and quantitative methods across urban and remote locations to answer complex questions about policy impact.

This project expects to provide evidence to inform future policy introduction and refinement. It aims to enhance Aboriginal research capacity for investigating alcohol policy.

Benefits should include world’s best evidence on the impact of supply restriction policies on treatment needs and the massive levels of harm seen in the Northern Territory.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Dr Michael Livingston
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


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Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: James Smith, Charles Darwin University
  • Chief Investigator: Steven Guthridge, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Chief Investigator: Carolyn Whyte, Northern Territory Government
  • Chief Investigator: John Boffa, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
  • Chief Investigator: Yin Paradies, Deakin University
  • Chief Investigator: Kalinda Griffiths, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Robin Room, La Trobe University
  • Chief Investigator: Richelle Mayshak, Deakin University
  • Chief Investigator: Le Smith, Northern Territory Primary Health Network
  • Chief Investigator: Matthew Stevens, Charles Darwin University
  • Chief Investigator: John Paterson, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT Aboriginal Corp
  • Chief Investigator: James Ward, University of Queensland
  • Chief Investigator: Meredythe Crane, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)
  • Chief Investigator: Michael Thorn, RT Consulting
  • Chief Investigator: Deborah Scott, Monash University

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

Clifford, S., Smith, J., Livingston, M., Wright, C., Griffiths, K. and Miller, P., G. (2021). A historical overview of legislated alcohol policy in the Northern Territory of Australia: 1979-2021. BMC Public Health, 21, (1). doi:10.1186/s12889-021-11957-5 [RJ1799] View web page