Development of a drink driving program for regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: Final report


This project is comprised of three independent but linked stages of quantitative and qualitative research. Analysis of drink driving convictions (2006-2010) in Queensland identified that drink driving convictions were more predominant in rural and remote areas. Qualitative interviews, conducted with participants in Cairns and Cape York region in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, identified unique risk factors associated with drink driving in the Indigenous context, including kinship pressure and alcohol restrictions. Based on the findings from the two phases, a four session program for regional and remote Indigenous communities was developed. The program was trialled in three communities. Focus groups and interviews were conducted at the completion of the program to determine short-term perceptions of the content and delivery suitability as well as program recommendations. The program has the ability to be an effective treatment option as part of a community-based sentencing option and to assist in reducing drink driving in Indigenous Australian regional and remote communities. Program recommendations and other policy considerations to reduce drink driving in Indigenous communities are discussed. (Abstract, edited)