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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Date posted: 15 March 2017
The Northern Territory Health Minister, Natasha Fyles, released draft terms of reference for a comprehensive review of alcohol policy in the Top End. Minister Fyles said the Government was determined to tackle the cost of alcohol abuse on our community and the review will give all Territorians an opportunity to have their voices heard.
Since the new government was formed in the Territory, the Minister has:
The Minister said that an expert panel will be commissioned to look at alcohol policies and alcohol legislation, reporting to government on:
The Minister said 'Broad public consultation will be undertaken as part of the review, with multiple avenues for interested people, groups and communities to put forward their views. I look forward to hearing from not only the loudest and most powerful voices in our community, but also the many women, children, families and communities who all too often bear the cost of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory.'
The review will start in April with a report and recommendations delivered to government in late September 2017. The government will then develop a response to the recommendations for the development of the Alcohol harm reduction strategy and legislative reform agenda.
These will be released publicly along with the Expert Advisory Panel’s final report. To view the draft terms of references and for more information, see the links below.
Source: NACCHO Communique and Department of Health, NT