“Beat Da Binge” Wins Excellence in Services for Young People Award
The Excellence in Services for Young People Award presented at the 2013 National Drug and Alcohol Awards (NDAA) at Parliament House in Canberra was won by the Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre at Yarrabah in Far North Queensland.
“Beat Da Binge”, a grass roots initiative coordinated by the Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre was a whole-of-Yarrabah-community effort to respond to binge drinking among the community’s young people.
The project involved a suite of programs over two years, with prevention and awareness strategies targeting youth in all events, by which young people could feel supported in making other choices to alcohol. Evaluation demonstrated a 16 per cent reduction in young binge drinkers,and increased knowledge about binge drinking. Young people were involved at all phases of the project at Yarrabah which is a discrete Aboriginal Shire in Far North Queensland.
Congratulations to Ailsa and the team at Gindaja!
A recent evaluation, conducted by NDARC and James Cook University and the University of Newcastle found that projects led and designed by communities can be highly effective. Since the two year project commenced there is now:
- 16 per cent fewer young binge drinkers in Yarrabaha
- a 27 per cent increase in awareness of binge drinking and
- a 16 per cent increase in awareness of what a standard drink is