Driving change: a frontline perspective on alcohol harm
What does your Saturday night look like? Are you a reveller cutting loose on the dancefloor, or maybe it’s a glass of red with dinner at your favourite restaurant, or possibly pyjamas and Netflix on the couch?
No matter how you spend it, have you ever stopped to wonder what a Saturday night looks like for our police and hospital emergency department workers?
Join us for an open and frank discussion about what really happens on Canberra’s streets on the weekends.
Guests will have an opportunity to hear from special guest, Professor Jonathan Shepherd, who is visiting Australia from the United Kingdom to assist with the ‘Driving Change’ research study at Calvary Hospital.
The forum will be facilitated by Professor Steve Robson, President of the Australian Medical Association (ACT), and will include a light lunch and networking opportunity.
The full program will be released shortly.
‘Driving Change’ is a national study that aims to record the drug and alcohol intake, and place of last drinks, of patients presenting to emergency departments at eight hospitals across Australia. Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the study is based on the ‘Cardiff Model’, which was first trialled in the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2007.
The ‘Cardiff Model’ contributed to substantial reductions in assault and injury in the city of Cardiff, and has now been introduced in more than 80 per cent of the United Kingdom’s emergency departments.
About the panellists:
Professor Jonathan Shepherd. Jonathan is a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of the Violence Research Group at Cardiff University, Wales. His research on clinical decisions and community violence has made many contributions to clinical and public policy and legislation in the UK.
Ms Angela Smith. Angela is the National President of the Australian Federal Police Association. She has extensive experience in law enforcement as a police officer and criminal investigator. She has been a leading voice in advocating for the introduction of lockout laws in the ACT.
Associate Professor David Caldicott. David is a Consultant Emergency Physician at the emergency department of the Calvary Hospital, Canberra. He is also a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the Australian National University.
Professor Peter Miller. Peter is Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at Deakin University’s School of Psychology. Peter has recently completed three of the largest studies ever conducted into licensed venues, comparing 11 Australian cities (and Wellington, NZ) over five years and talking to more than 15,000 patrons.
Professor Steve Robson. Steve is President of AMA (ACT) and the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).