Prevention Capacity and Infrastructure Self-assessment Tool

HOW TO APPROACH THE PREVENTION CAPACITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE - SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL:

The LGA Guide Tool 4 – Prevention Capacity and Infrastructure Self-assessment Tool is designed to guide you through the key domains for action evidenced to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm on a local level, and connect you to sections of The Art of Community Alcohol Management: What local government can do to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm (The Guide) to support the development and delivery of those actions.

These domains include:

  • PART A: ASSESSING READINESS AND PREPAREDNESS FOR ALCOHOL PREVENTION WORK
  • PART B: STRUCTURE AND ORGANISATION TO SUPPORT ALCOHOL PREVENTION WORK
  • PART C: DEMAND REDUCTION ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMS AND INTERVENTIONS TO SUPPORT ALCOHOL PREVENTION WORK
  • PART D: MANAGING ALCOHOL AVAILABILITY VIA PLANNING, AVAILABILITY, LIQUOR LICENSING AND ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS
  • PART E: CREATING SAFER AND HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTS TO PREVENT AND MINIMISE ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM THROUGH ENVIROMENTAL SUPPORTS – LOCAL LAWS AND PUBLIC REALM DESIGN

Key steps to using the Self-Assessment Tool:

  1. Column 1 – The Self-Assessment Tool is divided into five key domains evidenced to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm as part of a comprehensive approach to alcohol prevention work.

(Note – when we refer to alcohol prevention work, we are considering all pillars of a harm minimisation approach including demand, availability and harm reduction. We are not referring to an abstinence approach, rather actions that support lower-risk behaviours designed to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harms).

  1. Column 2 – Each domain outlines Opportunities for Action evidenced to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm..
  2. Column 3 – Each Opportunity for Action is provided with a rationale for why this action is important to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm.
  3. Column 4 – Select YES or No, depending on which Opportunities for Action you wish to pursue. Shortlisting your Opportunities for Action is important as delivering all recommendations is not realistic. All recommendations should be considered over a period of time based on your local government’s readiness and preparedness to take action on that particular recommendation. It is better to achieve some ‘low hanging fruit’ actions to gain support and implement a realistic series of actions over time rather than attempting all at once. Tick off actions that are realistic! The LGA Guide Tool 10 – Mapping alcohol-related priorities in a community will assist you to determine which actions are most important to your community to address the identified issues and risks you are trying to reduce, and protective factors you are trying to build.
  4. Column 5 – Once you have shortlisted your Opportunities for Action, a Quick Reference Guide will connect you to areas of the Guide that will aid the development and implementation of these actions.
  5. Column 6 – The Quick Reference Guide will assist with connecting you to the relevant Sample Actions and Guide Tools.
  6. Column 7 – Many sections of the Guide have relevant tools to assist in the development and delivery of that action to support you in your alcohol prevention work.
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