In 2014, ATODA was awarded a three-year health promotion grant to undertake a comprehensive alcohol harm-reduction and community information project in the ACT.
The project is a partnership between ATODA, ACT Health and the Western Australian Mental Health Commission and building on the Western Australian Alcohol Think Again initiative.
The Act on Alcohol initiative includes an informative website www.act-on-alcohol.org.au that contains information for all ages regarding the effects on alcohol on health, specific issues relevant to alcohol and young people as well as statistics pertaining to the impact of alcohol on the community and legislation relevant to the ACT. Resources are available on the website to support parents and secondary schools to implement promotional materials as well as resources for health professionals.
ATODA has engaged the support of the Department of Education, the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations, the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT and the Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools to organise a series of community information forums for parents, carers and teachers.
These forums will aim to increase the knowledge of parents, carers, teachers and community members about alcohol use among secondary students aged 12 – 17 and the risks of harm. In addition, the information provided will aim to deliver key information about the role of these groups as well as provide strategies for individuals, teachers and schools.
ACT parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend one of four forums being held across Canberra during October and November.