Alcohol Forum Community StaR & Liverpool Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) Miller PCYC October 14
Community STaR recently partnered with the Liverpool Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) to hold a well-attended public forum at the PCYC on October 14 which was based around reducing alcohol related harm. Titled Alcohol in Our Community, it aimed to address community concerns about alcohol-related harm, discuss evidence-based strategies to reduce harm, provide a forum for ideas, information and networking, and strengthen the valuable work of CDAT in the Liverpool and 2168 community. Participants included local service workers and community members. Facilitated by Mr Norman Booker, the forum opened with an acknowledgement of country by Uncle Steve Williams. In their introductory talks, Mr Bernardino Siry, Multicultural Liaison Officer from the NSW Police Force Green Valley Local Area Command spoke about the work of the CDAT and Dr Vanessa Rose, Deputy Director of CHETRE (Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation) spoke about Community STaR. A team of excellent speakers was headed by Emeritus Professor Ian Webster, an internationally acclaimed expert in the field. Speakers also included Dr John Crozier from Liverpool Hospital and local police, youth, family and health workers who together led a panel discussion about the issues. Local young people made creative contributions with two short films. The hard-hitting “What Happened” showed the consequences of a drunken party and “Still Thirsty” was a hilarious satire on alcohol advertising. The afternoon concluded with a ‘café conferencing’ style discussion where all participants had an opportunity to discuss ‘what works’ in reducing alcohol-related harm.
The forum was rated highly by participants who valued the evidence presented about effective public health strategies such as regulating access, availability and promotion of alcohol, strengthening licensing and price controls and promoting a safer drinking culture. The importance of working together as a community to solve problems of alcohol-related harm and the need for social inclusion were stressed by a number of participants and speakers. Participants also said they valued the opportunity to network, workshop ideas and opinions and gain access to new information and a deeper understanding of the local context. A number of participants expressed interest in continuing discussions on ‘what works’ and would have liked more time for this. The Liverpool CDAT continues to work on these issues and invites interested people to join. See below for Liverpool CDAT contact details.
Joseph Gormley, the Project Officer for Liverpool CDAT is the contact person for further information. Joseph is contactable by phone on (02) 9378-1300 and email: Joseph.Gormley@sswahs.nsw.gov.au
Thankyou to Sam Girgenti from LYAAC for these pictures from the day.