Community solutions to address impacts of alcohol

14 March 2017: In partnership with Lives Lived Well, Act on Alcohol, the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) is delivering a new project, which aims to reduce the harms, stigma and discrimination associated with alcohol by building the capacity of Vietnamese, Sudanese and Samoan communities in the Brisbane City Council area.

Self-reporting of alcohol and other drug use may be inhibited by negative cultural and religious attitudes associated with these behaviours and participation rates in formal research are often low with non-users being more likely to participate in surveys than users.

ECCQ CEO Garry Page said that there are many contributing factors to alcohol use in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“Issues such as parent-child conflict, or prolonged separation from family members, unemployment, or lack of meaningful work, a desire to gain acceptance or possible trauma history can be contributing factors,” said Mr Page.

“If we can understand the issues and work with communities to assist in addressing these, it will lead to positive outcomes,” said Mr Page.

ECCQ is delivering a new project to better understand community perspectives and solutions. Program Manager Hong Do said there are two key components of the project.

“The project is firstly about determining a culturally appropriate approach to reduce alcohol related harms, stigma and discrimination by consulting with the appropriate community leaders and members,” said Ms Do.

“Secondly, we will work alongside each community to identify their proposed solutions, emerging from the consultations.”

The first session was held on 7 March with the Vietnamese community in Inala, with 30 community representatives attending.

This project is funded by Stronger Community Mental Health and Well-Being Programs 2016-2017 and in collaboration with Brisbane City Council, Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agency and Brisbane South Primary Health Network.

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Eadie Hancock
Communications & Policy Officer
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ECCQ Ltd has been established for over 40 years as the peak body in Queensland for ethnic communities and multiculturalism. ECCQ, and its wholly-owned divisions, encourage and support multiculturalism through community engagement, education and training, health promotion and culturally appropriate aged care service provision.

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