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Signs of success from outback Coober Pedy alcohol restrictions

Yahoo!7 News

Health services at outback Coober Pedy are reporting benefits from the South Australian town's alcohol management plan.
It imposed restrictions on takeaway alcohol sales a year ago, partly aimed at stopping an influx of people from the remote APY Lands.
The rules banned takeaway sales of cask wine and sales of other wine and spirits were limited to one bottle per person daily.
Takeaway sales also were banned to anyone from "prescribed lands".
Drug and alcohol counsellor with the Umoona Tjutagku Health Service, George Laslett, said there were more people enrolling in treatment programs.
"It's been easier to communicate with people because they've been sober, they've got more pride in themselves," he said.
"It's just been fantastic to be able to talk with people who are not intoxicated and not argumentative and people who are engaged."
Director of nursing at Coober Pedy Hospital, Christopher Crismani, said numbers of people attending the accident and emergency department were down by 10 per cent.
"It is early days [and] we'll continue to collect data to see if there's a long-term trend," he said.
Liquor and Gambling Commissioner Dini Soulio said a review was being done of the effectiveness of the alcohol sales restrictions.
"What I'm hearing from the police and the health services and the service providers particularly is that there's been a substantial increase in benefits for the community," he said.
Police said earlier in the year the restrictions on takeaway alcohol sales at Coober Pedy had been achieved without shifting the area's alcohol-related problems further south to Port Augusta.



Letters to the editor on the ‘Safe Schools’ Coalition

from Mrs Roslyn Phillips, BSc DipEd, National Research Officer Family Voice Australia

"Last week I emailed you about the lead article in The Advertiser, strongly promoting the controversial Safe Schools Coalition program now being rolled out in several states, with more to come next year.
The good news is that The Advertiser published two whole pages of letters on this issue – on Thursday 9/10/14 and Saturday 11/10/14:

Thursday 9 October

Saturday 11 October

Of the total of 19 letters published, only one supported the program. The other 18 expressed deep concern in excellent letters. A paediatrician and a primary teacher of many years both pointed out serious dangers from their professional experience."









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