Stronger Communities

Strong communities that support families, are connected to culture, and have a sense of control over their local environment are less likely to have problems with harmful alcohol and drug use [26600][25048].

Each community has its own strengths and values as well as its own challenges [23519]. Recognising that communities have the capacity to identify their own priorities and respond to issues with local solutions contributes to empowering communities in the long term [26600][25048].

There are many examples of successful community led initiatives that address a range of issues including reducing harms from alcohol and other drug use [28144]. Programs such as mentoring young men, skills development, providing recreation and cultural activities (that connect people to one another), and social support to assist people with housing or mental health, all contribute to developing community capacity.

Broad based prevention strategies include [25048]:

  • supporting community led activities developed by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • developing collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Islander organisations
  • providing opportunities to be included in the wider society through employment and education.


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