Case study

University of Western Australia (UWA) College Row LDAT

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Dates of the project: August 2018 – August 2019

Target audience: Young adults, aged 18-24 (UWA students and residential students)

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Activity Aim:

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.

Issue being targeted

  • High alcohol consumption levels among university students at social events.
  • Limited experience and knowledge amongst student event organisers of event planning, roles and responsibilities and how to mitigate risk.

Drivers for the activity

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.

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Students at University of WA: photo by Pyay Chan (Eye Candy)

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