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Communities that Care Alpine (CTCA)

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Organisations and community groups within the Alpine Shire have come together to create Communities that Care Alpine (CTCA).  CTCA is a community based initiative designed to promote the healthy social development of children and young people.

Alpine Health is the auspice agency for CTCA and was due to begin a third cycle of the framework when bushfires and COVID changed how we work.  We are currently reviewing and re-structuring how these efforts will be maintained moving forward.

Underpinned by the Social Development Strategy, CTCA aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

Social Development Strategy

 

CTC Youth Survey

In September 2019, the CTC youth survey was competed by nine schools across the Alpine Shire by students in Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11.

In November 2019 the CTC youth survey report was delivered at the final workshop within the CTCA cycle.  The results are measured against the SMART goals developed within the CTCA Community Action Plan 2017 – 2019.

The 2019 survey is the third such survey conducted in the Alpine Shire. 

  • 2009 surveyed students in Myrtleford – CTCM Community Action Plan 2012 - 2015
  • 2015 surveyed students from Myrtleford and Mount Beauty – CTCA Community Action Plan 2017 - 2019
  • 2019 surveyed students from nine schools across the Alpine Shire

This data provides us with a rich snap shot of the lives of young people in the Alpine Shire and significant longitudinal and comparative data.

CTCA Community Action Plan 2017–2019

Strengthening families, children and young people

Goal 1:To decrease the population of young people experiencing depressive symptomology as measured by Year 9 students reporting on the CTC survey from the current baseline of 42% to 31% by 2019.

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Improving attitudes to adolescent alcohol use

Goal 2: To decrease lifetime use of alcohol as measured by Year 9 students reporting on the CTC youth survey from 55.8% in 2015 to 41.85% by 2019.

Goal 3: To reduce adolescent alcohol intake in the last 30 days for Year 7 students in 2015 from 15.7% to 10.2% in 2018 and for Year 9 students in 2015 from 36.4% to 27.3% by 2019.

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Increasing school engagement

Goal 4: To increase commitment to school by improving student and parental engagement as  measured by:

  • Year 5/6 students reporting on Attitudes to school survey
  • School attendance rates Year 5/6 2018 and 2019
  • CTC youth survey from the current baseline measurement of 33.3% Year 5 and 51.72% Year 6 in 2015 to 25% Year 5 and 38% Year 6 by 2019.

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Other activities

  • Teen Mental Health First Aid
  • CHIPS - Child health intervention and parent support
  • My Family First Program - Family Violence prevention program
  • Bystander Training - Family Violence prevention program

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