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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Tabled Paper 381


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Tabled by Eric Poole


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3. EDUCATION AND TREATMENT SERVICES While the position paper presented to Council is positive towards the public education and awareness services provided by the Health Promotion Unit, it is critical of the lack of education opportunities for professionals in the recognition, management and referral of people with alcohol related problems. Council is not in a position to comment on the validity of such claims or those relating to the inadequacy of certain treatment services or gaps in these services. Nonetheless it has referred the paper to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Community Services seeking the attention of these Departments to the matters which have been raised. CONCLUSION This submission relates to those aspects of the use and abuse of alcohol which affect Council in its day to day operations. Other matters were considered and debated by Council but due to limited information and lack of specific expertise it does not wish to provide any further views to the Sessional Committee other than those expressed in this submission. While Council does not wish to take a position on many of the matters raised in the paper it commissioned, it is confident that the critical analysis the paper presents and the controversial nature of certain recommendations will heighten awareness of many of the problems associated with alcohol abuse in the community and lead in some way towards assisting the formulation of more effective Government policies for which we are all responsible.

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