Koori Alcohol Action Plan
In Victoria’s alcohol action plan: Restoring the balance 2008-2013 (VAAP), a commitment was pledged to develop the Koori alcohol action plan (KAAP) to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms in Aboriginal communities.
The KAAP acknowledges that alcohol use in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population occurs in different social, historical and cultural contexts to that of the non-Aboriginal population. Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people disproportionately feel the effects of harmful alcohol use. The KAAP has been developed in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and Victorian Aboriginal communities, and requires their ongoing commitment and ownership towards implementation of all KAAP actions.
During the Victorian Aboriginal community consultations, four key themes emerged, which form the basis of the plan. These are:
- strengthening communities
- responsible access to alcohol
- improved information and understanding
- improved responses and services.
The plan outlines 22 actions in these four priority areas.