About Katherine McLachlan

View all posts by Katherine McLachlan
Katherine McLachlan

I have a legal practicing certificate, but am not a lawyer. I have a psych degree, but am not a psychologist. When my daughter was born, I wrote on her birth certificate that I was a criminologist. My low level drinking makes me a disappointment to my father and a boring potential HSMer.

A desolate picture: government-funded alcohol policy research

A desolate picture: government-funded alcohol policy research
Katherine McLachlan discusses the need for the Australian Government to adopt a strategic alcohol policy research agenda.

When it comes to coordinated alcohol policy research in Australia, the situation is pretty bleak. Unlike the United States, Australia has no national, government-funded Alcohol Policy Information System, nor any dedicated government funding for either alcohol policy research or small grants.

So, what Australian Government funding is available to support alcohol policy research?

Presenting at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference in Melbourne last month, I took a closer look.

I found that between 2004 and 2012, 85 projects relating to alcohol were funded by the Australian Government through grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA). This represented approximately 0.01% of both NHMRC and ARC projects and funding during that time.

When looking at the 85 projects, ten themes emerged.

The majority of the 85 alcohol projects (n=48; 56.5%) focused on young people (n=22, 26%); treatment (n=14, 16.5%); and medical and biological issues (n=12, 14%).

I drilled down a little further to determine which of the alcohol projects focused specifically on alcohol policy – research that specifically examines actions or interventions that can reduce alcohol-related harms.

Effective alcohol policy includes strategies such as higher alcohol taxation; partial or complete bans on the advertising and promotion of alcohol; measures to reduce drink driving; and brief interventions by primary care physicians to reduce hazardous alcohol consumption (see: Babor, et al. Alcohol: no ordinary commodity – research and public policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2010).

While most of the alcohol research being undertaken in Australia does have policy implications, rarely does a research publication include a discussion about how the research findings could influence policy or practice.

Only 17 of the 85 alcohol projects (20%) focused directly on alcohol policy research. Three examined taxation, eight focused on advertising, sponsorship, promotion or labelling; three explored brief interventions and three studies examined existing government regulation and policy.

Clearly the Australian Government funds a range of alcohol research projects.

However, this analysis demonstrates that much needs to be done to ensure that the scarce alcohol research dollars are dedicated to projects in a coordinated way that included targeted alcohol policy research.

Current Australian Government-funded alcohol research occurs in the absence of both a national strategic research agenda and a current National Alcohol Strategy. An Australian strategic alcohol policy research agenda would help to ensure that alcohol research is targeted to directly inform public policy and practice.

Get more information about effective alcohol policy

View Katherine’s award winning APSAD presentation

Tags: , , , , , ,

22 Responses to “A desolate picture: government-funded alcohol policy research” Subscribe

  1. Hcg Weight Loss Seattle September 20, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    With a skilled ultrasonographer, two gestational sacs,
    two embryos and two distinct fetal heartbeats can be seen six weeks after the first day
    of the last menstrual period. The medications used for the injections and the
    oral drops are made in unregulated nations, and the FDA does not approve of them.
    The most popular influence of technology on health is weight loss.

  2. spray tan solution pro September 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    The results in the image below were achieved by setting the Strength at
    10 and clicking twice. – Before you step out to go sunbathing,
    ascertain that your skin is clear from any ingredients of makeup creams and cologne liquids that would
    make your skin more disposed to sunburn. Some Sun Laboratories Spray Tan Solution products contain Aloe
    Vera as well as certain botanical extracts.

  3. social media marketing mit xing September 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    The process of implementing a social media campaign can be daunting.

    Constantly run 2 ads on Adwords for every ad
    group. After so much spent or so many visits, offer a free product or percent off.

  4. celebrity commando September 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    I have specified few great which are hundred percent free to use and dedicated to latest
    Pakistan and Indian fashion, daily updated fashion and
    you can also buy online via paypal and western union. Whereas in a site which is designed in a better way, you can browse quickly through
    various categories like baby feeding, toys, clothing and apparel, baby travel and nursery
    furniture to choose an appropriate gift for your baby.
    Within the Wet Seal online store, you’ll find jeans, tops, graphic tees, sweaters, bottoms, dresses, active wear, outerwear, shoes, accessories, and intimates.

  5. deck box with seating September 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Houseboats in Echuca are ideal houseboats which have the accommodations that allow you to relax and explore the
    lake with all the comforts of any regular home. Methods for baiting
    a hook – Step 5: Use them for fishing. Freshwater fish can be placed in the live well on the boat, or on a
    stringer to keep it alive until you are able to clean it.

  6. john costello Boca Raton CPA September 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    So they may have an employment contract for 2 or 3 years subsequent to the actual sale of the business.
    Although CPA firm sites are great,they are only useful in introducing
    CPA or EA firm. So as you can see, the earning potential with CPA offers is virtually unlimited.

  7. Boca Raton CPA masks September 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    After all, there are more people to dumb and lazy to scrap
    metals than there are people with any degree of common sense and the willingness to help
    themselves with what others discard. There
    exist also some job websites that specialize only in accounting vacancies that can be of great chance in the specific
    situation. Most of the economic stimulus checks have been delivered.

  8. financial advisor morgan stanley salary August 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    These forms require you to have an employer identification number.
    Although CPA firm sites are great,they are only useful in introducing CPA
    or EA firm. Most of the economic stimulus checks have been delivered.

  9. facial plastic surgeon nashville August 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Additionally, although a full recovery can be expected in a
    few days, the results of the RFF take a bit of time
    to show fully though. However it creates a subtle natural-looking result that doesn’t appear too overdone.

    If you need 3 Laser – Lyte Peels then Phase 3 will
    not begin until 5-6 months.

  10. spray tan booths August 25, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Dark sunsation self tanning lotion has botanical extracts, which improve the quality of your skin while offering you a dark natural looking tan. – Oxybenzone – carcinogen and
    contributor to vascular disease, may affect
    the brain and nervous system in animals. Actually, once you get used
    to working with these tools, you’ll probably wonder how you ever lived without them.

  11. how to gain weight August 24, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    It also lets you add multiple portion sizes for your own foods.
    These foods are examples of healthy, high calorie
    foods that you should be consuming on a regular basis.
    This will be accomplished while the egg cells are stored.

  12. laser therapy for hair growth reviews August 16, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    It is suitable for use even on those tender parts of the body.
    Choosing a good conditioner that is right for you can keep
    hair healthy in the long run. Warm water opens up the cuticle allowing you
    to clean the hair shaft, but if you use warm water to rinse your hair the cuticle will stay open allowing moisture in and the hair
    shaft to swell.

  13. boca raton phoenix wealth management August 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Check through the items listed below to be sure that
    you are not missing any of these deductions on your self-employment tax returns.
    The AICPA course is eleven hours long, obtained via correspondence or self-guided classes over the Internet.
    Does she have the license to practice in your state.

  14. best hair growth products for men August 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    The hair follicles are not receiving the right balance of nutrients they need to
    grow. Redheads and folks with course hair will typically be higher shedders than blondes or those with
    fine hair. The doctors and the physicians must be experienced and trained in handling the
    laser instruments.

  15. Michel September 9, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Incredible points. Souynd arguments. Keep upp the amazing work.

  16. harcellement moral August 13, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will eventually
    come back at some point. I want to encourage you to
    definitely continue your great work, have a nice evening!

  17. weight loss programs August 6, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Superb website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover
    the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get responses from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Many thanks!

  18. ルイヴィトン コピー May 23, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    hello
    it so good

  19. polo ralph lauren April 11, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Au rayon des mythes, le plus beau a été écrit par Ralph Lipschitz. Ses études secondaires achevées et tout en suivant assidûment des cours de commerce du soir à Manhattan, il trouve une place de vendeur dans une boutique de gants puis chez Rivetz Co, un fabricant new-yorkais de cravates. Le Male se tatoue chez JPG et arbore fièrement son corps pour l’été 2011. Dix-sept ans après la naissance de Tartine et Chocolat, Catherine Painvin récidive d’ailleurs avec Everwood, sa nouvelle marque, lancée discrètement en 1992 et qui se décline déjà en meubles (de bois) et accessoires pour la maison.

  20. cheap defiance gold April 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi to every one, as I am in fact eager of reading this webpage抯 post to be updated regularly. It contains pleasant stuff.

  21. Anonyomous December 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Come on Australia let’s get our act together!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. QualitPro Canada » Blog Archive » Alcohol Strategy to L . a . Citizens in Ca Habit System - April 23, 2013

    [...] About Alcohol Strategy to L A Citizens:       alcohol policy research Reduce Density of Alcohol Outlets Commons Health Select [...]

Leave a Reply

Working together on alcohol policy

Professor Sally Casswell (Massey University, NZ) stresses the urgent need for a global approach to alcohol policy.

Support for Indigenous Australians

There is a pressing need for culturally sensitive, long term action on alcohol to prevent harms amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Victoria lacking leadership on alcohol harms

There was a time, when Victoria led the way on public health measures; a time when the State was not afraid to embrace bold measures to reduce harms and to save lives.

Boozy businesses must adapt

Sydney’s night time economy may change in response to new lockout laws, but that’s not a disaster.

Help make Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders history

At 9:09am on 9 September the world pauses to acknowledge the impact of alcohol-related birth defects.

Alcohol marketing on Facebook

ACT MLA Dr Chris Bourke questions the regulation of alcohol advertising on social media.