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Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary



Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary

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Tabled Paper 633


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




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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* Drink driver programs for people convicted of drink driving offences, including provision of education prior to licencing. * Treatment and rehabilitation programs designed to treat people with severe alcohol-related problems. * Detoxification programs for safe management of withdrawal from alcohol dependence, including medical and non-medical facilities and support for home based detoxification. * Management of intoxicated persons, inducting the use of sobering-up shelters and night patrol pick-up services. * Community-based self-help groups for people with alcohol problems. * Training programs, including in-service training, for people working with alcohol-related problems, inducting training for Aboriginal alcohol workers, police, teachers and Department of Health and Community Services staff. * Research and evaluation activities related to improving programs, services and policies. * Prison-based programs. Coordination Pursuant to adoption of the "Living With Alcohol" program the Chief Minister has assumed responsibility for alcohol policy development and coordination. To this end an Alcohol Policy Unit will be established in the Department of Chief Minister, utilising staff transferred from the Department of Health and Community Services. This unit will be responsible for coordinating the work of Departments and agendes involved in the program, for providing advice to Government, for incorporating "Living With Alcohol goals into all public policy domains, and for coordinating ongoing evaluation of specific programs and the wider strategy itself. Conclusion The interim report of die Sessional Committee on die Use and Abuse of Alcohol in the Northern Territory established that the community wants and expects action to reduce the costs of alcohol-related harm, and that it looks to die Government to provide the leadership to achieve that objective. The measures which the Territory Government is taking demonstrate that leadership; a leadership grounded in commitment and dedication to reducing the costs of alcohol-related harm to individuals, to families, and to the entire Northern Territory community. 5

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