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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


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Eric Poole


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vehicle for supervisors to suggest referral due to unsatisfactory work performance; and made available a consultancy service for managers and union representatives. The Program lapsed in December, 1987 (see Appendix 7). During its operation, 19 Council individuals voluntarily presented for counselling. Although most were industrial employees, management and clerical staff also utilised the service: 8 were self referrals, 8 were referred by a supervisor and 3 by a Union official. Alcohol was the predominant problem in most supervisory referrals. Most of these were referred to alcohol dependence treatment agencies for assessment, counselling and/or treatment (see Appendix 7b for program review). However, E.A.S. could not supply information regarding the outcome of these referrals. The main difficulty with the D.C.C. program identified by the E.A.S. was that clients referred by supervisors usually exhibited entrenched problems which were difficult to resolve in the short term: most of these were alcohol related. E.A.S. highlights the need for earlier intervention so that treatment is more successful and the cost to industry is minimised. The Federal Department of Science & Technology has an intervention program in p l a c e ( C o n d i t i o n s o-f M a r k Digest, Volume 6, 1/1987:16) which is designed to motivate 50

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