DrinkWise Australia and Red Dust have an ongoing partnership to deliver programs to Indigenous Australians in Alice Springs schools, town camps and remote communities.
Red Dust is a health-promotion charity whose objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth. With 20 years of experience working in remote communities, Red Dust has full-time regional coordinators located in Alice Springs, the Tiwi Islands and Darwin, and also engages volunteer role models to help deliver programs to remote communities across the Territory each year.
The programs aim to educate people in the local communities about the harmful effects alcohol misuse can have on individuals and families.
In designing the programs Red Dust has taken an integrated approach combining effective education, early intervention and peer-led mentoring to educate people about the harm alcohol misuse can have on individuals and families. These primary prevention strategies are fundamental to encouraging positive life outcomes for young Indigenous people.
The Strong Young Men’s Program has been in operation since 2012, and focuses on health and wellbeing issues specific to young men in those communities. The Strong Young Women’s Program commenced in 2016, and places an emphasis around alcohol education and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) awareness for young indigenous women.