Title

New Centre for Indigenous Studies begins first research project

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 3-11-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

Publication Place

Broome

Abstract

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus Centre for Indigenous Studies has begun researching the impact of alcohol restrictions currently in place in Fitzroy Crossing.

The research, conducted on behalf of the Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office, is the first undertaken by the Centre since it was established late last year and involves a two year evaluation of alcohol and drug prevention programs in Fitzroy Crossing.

Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies, Associate Professor Lyn Henderson-Yates said the first phase of the research was focussed on evaluating the impact of the current liquor restrictions on the sale of take away packaged liquor exceeding 2.7 per cent in Fitzroy Crossing.

“This part of the project involved speaking with and collecting the views of as many people, businesses and organisations in Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Broome and Halls Creek as possible during the collection phase,” Assoc. Professor Henderson-Yates said.

“The stories of the people, gathered alongside statistical information provided by the WA Alcohol and Drug Office, will provide the basis for the final report, which will be provided to the Director of Liquor Licensing for his consideration and decision regarding liquor restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing.”

Assoc. Professor Henderson-Yates said it was exciting to have the Centre for Indigenous Studies established on the Broome Campus.

“Hopefully we can create new partnerships through our work and in doing so help to initiate positive outcomes for Indigenous people,” she said.

Media contact:

Mike Doyle 9192 0668

Lyn Henderson-Yates 9192 0637