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Hero to Healing Program



This program was based on semi-structured interviews with drink drivers and alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers in far north Queensland (Qld) and northern New South Wales (NSW). It was targeted at males and generally attracted men aged between 26 and 39 years of age. The program was conducted within the context of a community reinforcement approach, which utilised a broad spectrum of strategies. It was conducted in four sessions, each running for approximately two hours. The content of these sessions included:

The program was piloted in one regional community in Cairns, Qld and a regional area of NSW. Elders had a prominent role in this program and the results were published as a case study.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Promotion Association


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Related publications

Fitts MS (2015)

An investigation into drink driving among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in regional and remote Queensland and the development of the 'Hero to Healing' program.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane

Fitts MS, Palk GR (2016)

‘Hero to Healing’ drink driving program for Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 27(1): 74-79


Last updated: 6 March 2018
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