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2018 Mark Robinson Scholarship for Rural Health

Sep 3, 2018
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Mt Beauty township with mountains and sky background

Applications are invited for the 2018 Mark Robinson Scholarship for Rural Health.

The Mark Robinson Scholarship for Rural Health is an annual Education and Study Award.  It has been established by the Alpine Health Board of Management in recognition of the contribution of Dr J Mark Robinson and his family to the development of health services in rural Australia and more specifically those in the Kiewa Valley.

The Mark Robinson Scholarship for Rural Health is being promoted to encourage local people to take up studies in health related disciplines at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels and return to practice in the Alpine Shire.

Improving attitudes to adolescent alcohol use in the Alpine Shire

Aug 7, 2018
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Many communities across Victoria are concerned about teenage alcohol consumption, with research showing that young people are more likely to develop social, cognitive and emotional issues if they use alcohol before the age of 18. “Australia’s national alcohol guidelines clearly state that the safest option for young people is not to use alcohol before they turn 18. The earlier a young person starts drinking, the more likely they are to have impaired brain development and alcohol problems later in life,” said Professor John Toumbourou, Chair in Health Psychology at Deakin University.

 

In communities where it is hard for adolescents to obtain alcohol, there is less teenage alcohol use and fewer alcohol-related injuries, assaults, and deaths. These communities also have higher rates of school completion. According to research conducted by the Australian Government in 2014, approximately 68% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 reported drinking alcohol in their lifetime. When asked where they obtained their alcohol, over 80% reported getting it from three sources: home, friends, and acquaintances, or by purchasing it themselves from bottle shops.

 

These statistics are behind the decision of Communities That Care Alpine to participate in the national Smart Generation Program coordinated by Deakin University. The program aims to help young people across Australia to become a ‘smarter generation’ by reducing high rates of underage drinking.