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New Systems Eve - An overview of the Cairns Model approach to reduce alcohol related violence around licensed premises

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 31 March 2011

Boris Pointing

Presentation overview

The Cairns Model is a crime prevention program to reduce alcohol fuelled violence. Embedding co-ordinated, community wide interventions to reduce injuries arising from alcohol-related assaults in late night entertainment precincts has proven difficult. This is partly due to methodological problems, including imprecise measurement of the rate and severity of assaults and there location, and a reliance on an experimental approach to evaluate the efficacy of interventions. It is also partly due to the reduction of these injuries being every inner-city stakeholders core business, and no-one’s core business. The overall network approach of the Cairns Model is described, as well as details of original research into co-ordinated data collection from Emergency Departments, Police, CCTV and providers of venue security. Results of a continuous quality improvement methodology used to research the CCTV network and Venue Security will be presented and tertiary prevention through the victim support activities being undertaken through the Cairns Regional Council’s Safe Communities program.

Boris Pointing

Boris Pointing is a researcher at the Community Health Promotions and Prevention Studies Group in the School of Public Health Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Science at James Cook University, Cairns Campus. He joined this team from a role as the Senior Community Crime Prevention Officer with the Queensland Police Service (Far Northern Region), and was a Ministerial policy advisor for a number of years. Projects co-ordinated by him have won an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award and a Queensland Government Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Award (Community Partnership Stream).

Boris has extensive experience in making outcome-based connections between government departments and non-government service delivery agencies, and facilitating the flow of evidenced-based knowledge and locally contextualised information within a network. His current research documents these processes.