Oct 23, 2017

Communities That Care Alpine (CTCA)

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The Smart Generation Program

On Wednesday 18th October, Communities That Care Alpine (CTCA) released their community action plan to reduce adolescent alcohol in the Alpine Shire as a Local Drug Action Team.

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"CTCA are thrilled to announce that we have become an Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Local Drug Action Team (LDAT). Using a whole of community approach and generous funding from LDAT we aim to reduce adolescent alcohol use across the shire through programs for our young people and their parents.” said The Chair of Communities That Care Alpine, Karlie Langdon.

“Communities That Care Alpine (CTCA) is a community owned and operated board represented by schools, service providers, health organisations, police, local government, and individuals.  Over the past year, we have developed a community action plan; one area of focus is reducing adolescent alcohol use. The CTCA community action plan provides support for adolescents, families, and community to make better-informed choices about adolescent alcohol use through The Smart Generation Program” said project coordinator Lisa Neville

At the launch, Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) representative Stefanie Maciulaitis commented that

"It's fantastic to see so many organisations in the Alpine Shire committed to preventing and reducing harms from alcohol and other drugs in their local community. The conversations at the launch highlighted the Local Drug Action Team's dedication to working collectively to reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors through a number of prevention activities specific to the Alpine Shire."

Lyndon Seys CEO Alpine Health added that

“Alpine Health is proud to support CTCA to address our local community needs using this collective approach.  Supporting families and young people with a focus on mental health and wellbeing and reducing adolescent alcohol use are key to reducing harms and improving community outcomes.”

The CTCA LDAT have secured funding to support a range of activities within schools and the community using The Smart Generation Program.  Designed by Deakin University The Smart Generation program focuses on assisting young people and their families to discuss and adopt guidelines that reduce alcohol use and reducing the supply of alcohol to adolescents from packaged liquor outlets, peers, parents and other adults.

“This is a real opportunity for the community to come together and change the way we think about alcohol; especially for young people in the Alpine Shire.  Guided by the National Health and Medical Research Council research and recommendations, the Smart Generation program delivers the latest evidence, using best practice and challenges our social ideas about our relationship with alcohol” said CTCA coordinator Lisa Neville

In September this year, Year 8 teachers and a group of Year 9 student leaders attended student workshops and specific program training designed to assist the roll-out of The Smart Generation program at all secondary schools in the Alpine Shire from 2017 until 2019.  We anticipate that our local community will support this program by attending parent events, hosted by their children and engage in conversations about alcohol, said Lisa

 

In addition, supply monitoring of packaged alcohol retail outlets will commence this year through to 2020.  The Smart Generation is a multi-tiered intervention that targets students, peers, community, and families.  The Key messages are:

  • Young people should not drink alcohol until18 years of age.  If they are currently drinking they should try and stop drinking or reduce the amount of alcohol they consume
  • Parents should not provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 18
  • Parents and young people should discuss guidelines about alcohol use, with the aim of setting a household standard to not drink alcohol before the age of 18

For more information about the CTCA LDAT you can contact Lisa Neville on 5755 0132 or email lisa.neville@alpinehealth.org.au

Pictured right to left back row:

Trevor Marshall (alpine Health), Stefanie Maciulaitis (ADF), Ladeane Lindsay (CTCA – Myrtleford P-12), Amanda Bevilacqua (CTCA- community), Barbara Nannipieri (CTCA – St Mary’s PS), Stuart Thompson (CTCA - Marian College) Jenny Corser (CTCA - Alpine Shire Council), Inspector Kerrie Hicks (Victoria Police), Kim West (CTCA - Gateway Health), Tony Finlaw (CTCA - Bright Police)

Pictured right to left front row:

Samantha Rioli (ADF-Good Sports Program), Karlie Langdon (CTCA Chair AVCLP), Miranda Cousins (CTCA - Child First UMFC), Lisa Neville (CTCA Coordinator), Lyndon Seys (CEO Alpine Health), Ruth Mulligan (Early Intervention Manager – AH)