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“It fits the needs of the community”: Long-term evaluation of the Norseman Voluntary Liquor Agreement

This research report examines the long-term impact of the Voluntary Liquor Accord in the Norseman community in Western Australia’s Goldfields region.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Knowledge, attitudes and practice within the West Australian justice system

Overall the research found that the Western Australian justice system is poorly prepared and resourced to consider the neurocognitive impairments associated with FASD and that training and resources for those working in the justice system are required.

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Evaluation of information and support for parents and carers of children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

This research aimed to identify the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) information and resources foster carers have accessed, and investigate the specific needs of foster carers in order to support them raising a child living with FASD.

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An exploration of how social context and type of living arrangement are linked to alcohol consumption amongst older Australians

The project adopted a mixed-methods design, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, to explore the links between social context and alcohol consumption among 42 Australians, aged 65-74 years inclusive.

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Kalgoorlie alcohol action project

The aim of this project was to form a partnership with government and non-government agencies to implement a whole-community plan to reduce alcohol misuse within the region.

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Building Indigenous research workforce capacity

The original objectives of this project were to create a three-year research internship for an Indigenous graduate; to provide the intern with ‘on-the-job’ research training in both a national research institution and an Indigenous community-controlled substance misuse agency; to enable the intern to manage a research project, and to undertake two or three other projects in his or her own right; and to equip him or her to embark upon a career in the alcohol and other drugs field.

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Pouring practices of 65 to 74 year old current drinkers: Implications for drinking guidelines and estimates of risk

The aims of this study are to identify the pouring practices of older drinkers in relation to standard drinks, how this relates to estimating self-consumption of alcohol, and the implications for drinking guidelines. The study also identifies the differences in pouring practices between men and women.

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Rio Tinto Child Health Research Partnership

The Rio Tinto Child Health Research Partnership involved funding provided by Rio Tinto (and its subsidiaries in Australia), the Foundation, the Queensland, Western Australian and Northern Territory Governments, and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

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Managing licit drug use in later life: Impact on quality of life, cognitive function, and mood

In partnership with the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation, this project investigates the mental health outcomes of a GP-based health promotion programme designed to decrease older adults’ consumption of legal substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines.

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Reducing morbidity among licit substance-using adolescents: A record-linkage assessment of a brief intervention

This randomised trial of adolescents presenting to hospital emergency departments in Perth with problems related to alcohol or other drug use, used the then recently implemented system of linking records in hospitals and medical practices in Western Australia. The aim of this research was to validate the use of hospital record linkage procedures as a method of collecting follow-up data and to use this methodology to assemble outcome data on the study cohort.