Beechworth Health Service has recently brought to completion a two year project to reduce alcohol related harm in rural young people. This project was developed and implemented in partnership with the indigo Shire Council, Gateway Community Health, Beechworth Secondary College, Tallangatta Secondary College and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Adolescent Health Nursing Program.

The project has worked towards providing skill development and education for young people living in rural communities to stay safe, to support one another and open up conversations regarding alcohol and impacts of choice. The project included a range of activities and strategies to engage young people and the community, including alcohol and ‘looking after your mates’ education in schools, party safely and sports health and well being education in the community.

This project was funded by the Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent charitable organisation working to prevent the harmful use of alcohol in Australia www.fare.org.au