Dates of the project: August 2018 – August 2019
Target audience: Young adults, aged 18-24 (UWA students and residential students)
The UWA College Row LDAT aimed to reduce risky drinking and associated harms among 18 – 24 year olds, particularly students and residential students.
The project worked to achieve this by creating safe community spaces, education, peer support and mentoring. This included the development of a toolkit and training for events to outline alcohol management policies and the harms associated with alcohol use.
Students who reside in college accommodation are more likely to drink alcohol at levels that are risky or very risky to their health.
Alcohol is often central to student social activities on and off campus and excessive consumption is often socially accepted, particularly among peers. Australian and international literature highlights the importance of initiatives to create safe social environments targeting young tertiary students.
The LDAT completed the following steps and activities as part of this Community Action Plan:
The program was showcased at the Asia Pacific Student Accommodation Association (APSAA) Conference in May 2019, providing the LDAT with a high-profile opportunity to share its successful approach with other residential Colleges nationwide.
The activity centred around the development of an Event Management Toolkit and training program, outlining alcohol management policies, harm minimisation, event management and risk management for student event organisers.
The main objective of the project was to reduce harmful drinking amongst students living on campus by educating and upskilling student event organisers within College Row LDAT members to organise and host safe events.
The following tactics were central to achieving this goal.
3. Development of a Train the Trainer pathway for the Event Management Training Program to ensure sustainability of the approach.
The following positive impacts were recorded:
Were there any unintended consequences?
The key strength of this program was building the platform for a sustainable and ongoing approach, in that:
Originally, the LDAT intended to create physical Toolkits, with a hard copy file containing all the guidelines and additional information printed and bound and delivered to each College. One of the partners, however, suggested taking the Toolkit online.
The LDAT then decided to create a website using Google Sites, providing one central online Toolkit that all Colleges on College Row could access, as well as a dedicated page for each College to feature information relating to their own specific processes and procedures.
Additionally, after delivering the first round of training in 2019, students requested more information around drink spiking and how to reduce the risk of sexual assault. New pages were created on the website to reflect the content requested.
Reflections from community
“Was actually helpful in that we can use tools provided for College events.”
“Very excited for the College Row platform! Will be a huge help.”
“Helpful and well-tailored to College situations.”